Book Review: The Witch Boy

The Witch Boy

By Molly Ostertag

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Review by: Anonymous

Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy

What was your favorite part of this book?

I really liked the villain’s true back story. It was nice to see a bad guy in a kids book that wasn’t just generic bad guy #4, but who actually had a reason for taking kids and making them like him. His arc tied in really nicely with the main character as well, and his story was properly sympathetic. I hope we get more time with him in future books.

How was the art? What do you think it added to the story?

The art was gorgeous. The strange characters they used for the witches’ language were so cool, and I loved the characters’ costumes. I think Ostertag’s art really added to the whimsical nature of the book, without making it too superfluous or too scary.

Who would you recommend it to?

I would recommend this to any fan of graphic novels, especially people who like Lumberjanes or Princeless. It would also be a really good read for any kids learning about LGBT culture, since the book has such a powerful message about enforced gender roles woven subtly into its narrative.

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