Title: The Okay Witch
By: Emma Steinkellner
Call #: YA Graphic Stein.E
The Okay Witch is a page-turner of a graphic novel about an unlikely witch just discovering the truth about her new powers and her family’s centuries-old history as outcasts in a small Massachusetts town. 13-year-old Moth is a relatable heroine with quirks, insecurities, and a wicked sense of humor. The crisp vibrant illustrations perfectly capture Moth’s larger-than-life emotions and the kinetics of her journey. From the bright colors of Moth’s cozy home, to the drab earth tones of 1600’s New England, to the cool pastels of ethereal Hecate (the mystical realm of witches), the changing color pallets beautifully express changes in mood and energy from scene to scene and across various settings.
I especially love how the panels are composed to convey spot-on comedic timing in some scenes, and a hushed sense of wonder in other scenes. Despite all the supernatural content, this story portrays some very realistic mother-daughter relationship challenges. Anyone who has ever felt dismissed, underestimated, or disallowed from seeking adventure will surely find a friend in Moth.
Tags: family relationships, Family secrets -- Comic books, Fantasy comics, Girl Empowerment, graphic novel, graphic novels, Halloween -- Comic books, historical fantasy, humor, Humorous comics, Magic -- Comic books, magical realism, Massachusetts -- Comic books, middle school, Mothers and daughters -- Comic book strips, Paranormal comics, strips, Supernatural -- Comic books, Teenage girls -- Comic books, Witches -- Comic books