GRAPHIC NOVELS

Karen’s Witch

Graphix/Scholastic/. (Baby-sitters Little Sister: Bk. 1). Dec. 2019. 144p. adapted by adapted by Katy Farina. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338356113; pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781338315196.
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Gr 2-5–Every other weekend, Karen and her brother Andrew spend time with their dad and stepfamily. Karen suspects that her dad’s next door neighbor, Mrs. Porter, is actually a witch named Morbidda Destiny. Although there is a strict no-spying rule, Karen and her best friend Hannie set out to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch and catch her in the act of hosting a witch meeting. This graphic novel adaptation of the first installment in the “Baby Sitters Little Sister” series follows closely in the vein of the comics remakes of the “Babysitters Club” and is sure to be just as popular. The full-color illustrations are bright and detailed, and the story is fast paced and relatable. The “Little Sister” series is a bit simpler and more accessible to those who are not quite ready for the “Babysitters Club” series. It will also likely entice adults who have fond memories of the original books.
VERDICT This reimagining of a beloved series will appeal to readers young and old and will attract fans of the highly popular “Babysitters Club” graphic novels as well.

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