Little Witches
Oni Press has acquired world rights to the middle grade graphic novel Little Witches: Magic in Concord by Leigh Dragoon. A retelling of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, the graphic novel follows Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as witches-in-training. When Mr. Laurence, a witch­finder, moves in next door with his grandson to investigate renegade magic, the girls get caught up in the action. Publication is scheduled for 2018.

Little Witches Details

TitleLittle Witches
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherOni Press
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Retellings

Little Witches Review

  • Julia Sapphire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this at BEA, all opinions are my own. This story follows four sisters who live with their parents. They all practice witchcraft and this story is a retelling of Little Woman. I can't really speak on if it was closely related to Little Woman because I have yet to read that classic. This discussed people abusing magic, abuse in school, and the Civil War. I really enjoyed the romance in this!! I thought it was refreshing and well done. If anything I would have loved to see a I received an ARC of this at BEA, all opinions are my own. This story follows four sisters who live with their parents. They all practice witchcraft and this story is a retelling of Little Woman. I can't really speak on if it was closely related to Little Woman because I have yet to read that classic. This discussed people abusing magic, abuse in school, and the Civil War. I really enjoyed the romance in this!! I thought it was refreshing and well done. If anything I would have loved to see a graphic novel just about them. I really liked the apprentice aspect and how the grandmother wanted to teach one of the daughters what she knew. I thought that added a lot of substance to the story even though it was very exclusive. I also quite liked the art style. Some things that I did not like about this was the pacing. At times it was too fast or too slow and it was just overall really unbalanced. The daughters were all very similar as well and almost molded together. The big issue for me is that I felt like something was missing. That something was not explained fully or if I should have read something prior?? I'm not exactly sure but I felt a major disconnect from this that kept me from getting invested in the actual plot.
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  • Mitticus
    January 1, 1970
    +Digital ARC gently provided by publishers and netgalley for an honest review+Age Range: 8 and upGrade Level: 3 - 4I was curious to read this book, which is an adaptation of the beloved classic Little Women by L.M. Alcott, with the proviso that the March sisters here are witches. Good witches, mind you, keeping even their ideas of Transcendentalism.The plot is similar: four sisters living with their mother in Concord during the Civil War; the father is absent in the aforementioned war minding th +Digital ARC gently provided by publishers and netgalley for an honest review+Age Range: 8 and upGrade Level: 3 - 4I was curious to read this book, which is an adaptation of the beloved classic Little Women by L.M. Alcott, with the proviso that the March sisters here are witches. Good witches, mind you, keeping even their ideas of Transcendentalism.The plot is similar: four sisters living with their mother in Concord during the Civil War; the father is absent in the aforementioned war minding the wounded. The fact that they are witches is a fact known to all, as well as the existence of magues. So this is a historical fantasy / alternative reality. New neighbors arrive at the house in front of the March and they are witch-finders. At first, the girls are worried, but soon discover that Mr. Lawrence and his grandson are rather new inhabitants of the city and no some fanatics. Actually, grandfather is an ex-slave who desire to fight the evil mages of the south. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]However (and here taking a break to note that my copy is an ARC ), one of my major problems with the book is that it has serious problems in its edition in account of the content of the lettering, because many letters are missing throughout this work which does not allow to appreciate it as it should. Besides that the font used is not very good either.The story continues along the same lines of the original, with the different personalities characteristics of the four sisters, and the charm of Laurie. But then there is a twist of the plot with a mystery that increases an atmosphere of fear and suspicion in the town about the magic.The obstinate and brusque personality of Jo here is exacerbated and torn almost caricatured and it is not too much to my liking, (as I join the millions of admirers of Miss Jo March). Oh, this is for youngers readers, middle graders I think, and there is no romance.Art is simple, but aesthetics is not very to my liking either.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. This just didn't work for me. I liked the fact that the author decided to use the March sisters as characters, it was a nice idea. The magic aspect was what intrigued me at the beginning but I don't think it was explained well and it kind of became useful only at the end of the book. The plot was kind of complicated and I would have liked some more explanations. Considering it was a 150-p Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. This just didn't work for me. I liked the fact that the author decided to use the March sisters as characters, it was a nice idea. The magic aspect was what intrigued me at the beginning but I don't think it was explained well and it kind of became useful only at the end of the book. The plot was kind of complicated and I would have liked some more explanations. Considering it was a 150-page book things weren't done really well, in my opinion.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    If you like Little Women and like magic, seriously go pick this up! It is a charming reimagining of the classic by Louisa May Alcott where the sisters are witches and magic exists. It does a wonderful job of hitting important beats from the original story, but with its own flavor. In a cool twist, Laurie and his grandfather are free African-Americans working to investigate misuse of magic. One example is the use of magic by slave owners to compel and punish slaves. (recall that Little Women is s If you like Little Women and like magic, seriously go pick this up! It is a charming reimagining of the classic by Louisa May Alcott where the sisters are witches and magic exists. It does a wonderful job of hitting important beats from the original story, but with its own flavor. In a cool twist, Laurie and his grandfather are free African-Americans working to investigate misuse of magic. One example is the use of magic by slave owners to compel and punish slaves. (recall that Little Women is set during the Civil War). It thought this was wonderfully done and I hope we get additional volumes! This one doesn't cover the entirety of the original so there is certainly space for it. I should note that I am a long-time fan of the original novel and this might not be as appealing to readers who aren't very familiar with the book. I received an advance review copy of this graphic novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Bruna Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion**Although I never read Little Women, I feel like I enjoyed this graphic novel as much. The artwork is not my favourite style but the story is really entertaining and I can see how some scenes might have been adapted to this format. I can see now with Beth and Jo are everyone's favourites (also, kudos to Laurie!) and THE MAGIC! I have no problem admitting that I am a sucker for historical and literary retellings a **I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion**Although I never read Little Women, I feel like I enjoyed this graphic novel as much. The artwork is not my favourite style but the story is really entertaining and I can see how some scenes might have been adapted to this format. I can see now with Beth and Jo are everyone's favourites (also, kudos to Laurie!) and THE MAGIC! I have no problem admitting that I am a sucker for historical and literary retellings and when you add magic/fantasy to it, I AM HERE FOR IT!
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    2,5/5. I would I like more magic!! There isn't close to be enough magic in this one. The story become more casual then fantastic and this was a downer for me. I think younger reader, probably even more for girl, might enjoy it though. And the art, even if it look very simple, has an original look and vibe to it that I really like. Not really for me, not necessarily great, but wasn't bad either!
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  • Lost
    January 1, 1970
    My goodness, this was a cute read. It's a whimsical retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, complete with witches, magic and all the family love you could ever want. I'm a big fan of a few of the large page spreads - they really give off that sweet, mystical vibe which fits the story so well!The first few pages were difficult to get into - I struggled to tell the sisters apart at first, and could've done with an introduction type spread or something before the story starts. That being sa My goodness, this was a cute read. It's a whimsical retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, complete with witches, magic and all the family love you could ever want. I'm a big fan of a few of the large page spreads - they really give off that sweet, mystical vibe which fits the story so well!The first few pages were difficult to get into - I struggled to tell the sisters apart at first, and could've done with an introduction type spread or something before the story starts. That being said, after I started recognising who was who, it became a very easy read. The sisters are all virtually the same as they are in the original book (Jo is forever and always my favourite!) and I LOVE Laurie in this version.Graphic novels tend to be pretty fast-paced, and this was no exception - I breezed through it in under an hour. The plot is simple enough, but I *did* guess the big plot twist about half-way through. That being said, this is a children's book and I reckon it's fitting enough for them.I really love how the author weaves a history of slavery and racial discrimination in with the history of mages - I wasn't expecting anything that deep from this book, so it was a pleasant surprise.If you're looking for something light that's a twist on the original, I'd say go ahead! There's magic! There's sisterly love! There's disappearing cows!
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  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    This magical retelling of a classic, Little Women, features your favorite March sisters but with a delightfully witchy twist.I haven’t ever read Little Women but I have always enjoyed the movie. I saw this title and was instantly drawn in because who doesn’t love a story about witches? The cover is gorgeous as well.I thought that the story of the March sisters was very cute. There was a touch of magic and also had important lessons, like working together and not judging a book by its cover. Alth This magical retelling of a classic, Little Women, features your favorite March sisters but with a delightfully witchy twist.I haven’t ever read Little Women but I have always enjoyed the movie. I saw this title and was instantly drawn in because who doesn’t love a story about witches? The cover is gorgeous as well.I thought that the story of the March sisters was very cute. There was a touch of magic and also had important lessons, like working together and not judging a book by its cover. Although it was a little on the short side, the plot was interesting and it wrapped up quite nicely by the end. The illustrations are great as well!Overall, it was a cute children’s graphic novel and one that I would read to my daughter as she gets older. If you would like to read a magical retelling of Little Women then give this book a try!eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this graphic novel is decent, but the execution is really uneven. (And can I just say how much I hate the cover? It wasn't until I zoomed way in that I realized Beth didn't actually have a beard.)The March sisters are portrayed much the way they are in Alcott's original novel, with their defining characteristics. Jo's not really a writer here, though, so that's a little disappointing. Laurie is black, and how his grandfather--an escaped slave--made their fortune is a little far-fe The premise of this graphic novel is decent, but the execution is really uneven. (And can I just say how much I hate the cover? It wasn't until I zoomed way in that I realized Beth didn't actually have a beard.)The March sisters are portrayed much the way they are in Alcott's original novel, with their defining characteristics. Jo's not really a writer here, though, so that's a little disappointing. Laurie is black, and how his grandfather--an escaped slave--made their fortune is a little far-fetched. (This part felt a little bit like the diversity was being forced. A more plausible explanation for the Laurence family fortune might have helped. I just have a hard time believing an escaped slave made that much money by writing his autobiography and giving a few lectures, especially when racism was still alive and well at the time the story took place.) Anyway, there are the familiar plot points of Marmee being called away, Amy's incident with the limes, and Beth's illness... but they're all touched by magic.Concord is plagued by mysterious disappearances of people, animals, and objects. Jo gets it into her head to try to investigate these weird happenings, and the girls discover that magic is being used. So, of course, they try to stop it themselves and end up in a world of trouble.I found the story a little difficult to follow in spots, especially in the beginning. Marmee, Beth, and Jo look a lot alike, and I often had to stop and try to figure out who was speaking. (It gets better after Marmee's called away and Jo cuts her hair.) But even then, the characters aren't always drawn consistently. Amy, for the most part, has a curl on her forehead... but it disappears on a few occasions for no real reason.The ending is by far the biggest disappointment, however. It's almost as if the author ran out of steam and just wanted to finish. The whole storyline is wrapped up, with barely any words at all. For a graphic novel that's fairly heavy on the dialogue for most of the story, it comes across as jarring and rushed when the last ten pages have only a handful of words at all.This is an interesting take on Little Women, and I'm not sorry I read it. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, though.Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing a digital ARC.
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  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    January 1, 1970
    In this retelling of Little Women, the March sisters are all witches, training to learn magic from their mother, Marmie, and from crabby old Aunt March. Old Mr. Lawrence moves in next door with his grandson, but they are witch-hunters! As long as the Marches abide by the laws of Concord, the witch-hunters won't bother them, so the Marches try to befriend their new neighbors. Jo and Laurie get involved in a magic investigation and try to unravel a curse, but will the March sisters' magic be enoug In this retelling of Little Women, the March sisters are all witches, training to learn magic from their mother, Marmie, and from crabby old Aunt March. Old Mr. Lawrence moves in next door with his grandson, but they are witch-hunters! As long as the Marches abide by the laws of Concord, the witch-hunters won't bother them, so the Marches try to befriend their new neighbors. Jo and Laurie get involved in a magic investigation and try to unravel a curse, but will the March sisters' magic be enough to protect their family?I loved this graphic novel! The artwork is simple and eye-catching, with striking colors. The art panels made the storyline very clear and easy to understand. The expressions of the characters and the action really pulls the reader into the story.I loved how the March sisters are reimagined, but all the fire and spirit in their characters are preserved. Many of the plot points are the same as the original story, but with subtle twists and added enchantments to make them fit in a magic tale. It was fascinating to see how various characters and plot devices are reworked and rewritten to fit an entirely new story. I love how imaginative the writing is!Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
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  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Oni Press and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion of the book in any way. The title of this might sound somewhat familiar and it is because it is a play on Louisa May Allcott’s Little Women. In fact this is a retelling. I don’t consider it inspired as other reviewers have said because it holds to close to known events. While I might not have read Little Women I do know a bit about the story. In this graphic novel retelli Thank you to Oni Press and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion of the book in any way. The title of this might sound somewhat familiar and it is because it is a play on Louisa May Allcott’s Little Women. In fact this is a retelling. I don’t consider it inspired as other reviewers have said because it holds to close to known events. While I might not have read Little Women I do know a bit about the story. In this graphic novel retelling the Marches are witches and the Lawrences are witch hunters. An interesting concept if it had been worked out properly. Instead the Lawrences know they are witches but won’t prosecute them because they aren’t a certain type witch. That was confusing and there was very little explanation there as to these different types. And that is quite honestly the gist of the whole story. It wants to do a lot but it really doesn’t have the room in the 140 pages to make a proper world building which leaves a lot confusing. It’s a shame this seems to be all shoved into one graphic novel (that I can tell as of now) because I think if this story and world could have been able to go over a few volumes you could have had a great little series. Instead its lukewarm at its best. Having said that, it was enjoyable to read just for the interactions between the characters. You do get that homey and family feeling between the sisters. I wish there had been more time to develop their relationship and their relationship with Lauri. Even so, it was still cute and felt. The change of the Lawrences to being black was something I much applaud and was glad to see.
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  • Karissa Fast
    January 1, 1970
    A charming and creative spin on a classic story (the "Little Women" are magical witches), told in a cartoony graphic novel format that middle grade readers will love. Some pages are full of brown, antique-ish looking colours, reminiscent of the "classic" status of the original book. Others are bursting with bright colours and magic. Magic is exposed to be influential in a few historical events, including slavery and the Black Plague. I see how this could be controversial, but I think it will spa A charming and creative spin on a classic story (the "Little Women" are magical witches), told in a cartoony graphic novel format that middle grade readers will love. Some pages are full of brown, antique-ish looking colours, reminiscent of the "classic" status of the original book. Others are bursting with bright colours and magic. Magic is exposed to be influential in a few historical events, including slavery and the Black Plague. I see how this could be controversial, but I think it will spark interesting conversations and may inspire some child readers to expand their research on the topics.
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  • Arybo ✨
    January 1, 1970
    3.5✨✨✨This was really cute and fun! It starts really slow, but the ending is really god. I remember that I loved Little Women when I read it, but I can't remember the little details as I wish. Anyway, this is a really good graphic novel and I recommend it, even if the drawing style is simple. The story is captivating and the colors beautiful. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Meegy
    January 1, 1970
    This story was super cute, I enjoyed all the images in this graphic novel. If more of this Little Women retelling comes out, I definitely want to read it!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    So, the March sisters are all witches. That is the basic concept of this adoption of Little Women, but as witches.And it sort of works.But, it could just as well have been done with four other protagonists. In reading it, I couldn't find any reason that these had to be the March Sisters, other than it helped in world building.Not a bad story. A little complicated, but not bad. Youngsters who liked Little Women, might enjoy this, as well as those who have not read the classic.Thanks to Netgalley So, the March sisters are all witches. That is the basic concept of this adoption of Little Women, but as witches.And it sort of works.But, it could just as well have been done with four other protagonists. In reading it, I couldn't find any reason that these had to be the March Sisters, other than it helped in world building.Not a bad story. A little complicated, but not bad. Youngsters who liked Little Women, might enjoy this, as well as those who have not read the classic.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Elena (Leen)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and One Press for sending me a bow of this book in exchange for an honest review.“Little Witches. Magic in Concord“ is a cute adaptation for the graphic novel of “Little Women“. The reason that prompted me to request and read this retelling was the mention of magic in the title and the idea of making the March's sisters as witches - and I really loved it! I also liked the story, the characters and the drawings! I would have preferred only a more magic.
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  • Teresa Grabs
    January 1, 1970
    Little Witches is an interesting retelling of Little Women. While the illustrations were cute, I was just not a fan of this rendition. Young readers will enjoy the graphic novel format and it is a nice way to introduce new readers to the characters.Thank you NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read an advance reader copy.
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  • Kris Bennet
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.I enjoyed this graphic novel and I loved the basic idea of reading The Little Women as witches with powers. It worked so well for me that I'm expecting to see a new comic with these ladies next year or a little soon after the publication of this one. Yes, the earlier the better. The artwork was good, especially the sceneries and the choice of colors that differ between indoor and outdoor landscapes: warm for the in I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.I enjoyed this graphic novel and I loved the basic idea of reading The Little Women as witches with powers. It worked so well for me that I'm expecting to see a new comic with these ladies next year or a little soon after the publication of this one. Yes, the earlier the better. The artwork was good, especially the sceneries and the choice of colors that differ between indoor and outdoor landscapes: warm for the interiors and cold for the externals. I simply found the last pages too hasty, this is the only part that I didn't like, but apart from that it was a pleasant reading.
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  • Dana Cristiana
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to thank Leigh Dragoon, Oni Press and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.I have never read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, although it's on my TBR list, but this book was cute overall. This is a retelling of the classic mentioned above.I had problems with getting into this book. At first, the pacing was too fast and I couldn't understand who was who, but then it slowed down and I caught up with their names eventually.What I liked about this book was the graphic I'd like to thank Leigh Dragoon, Oni Press and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.I have never read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, although it's on my TBR list, but this book was cute overall. This is a retelling of the classic mentioned above.I had problems with getting into this book. At first, the pacing was too fast and I couldn't understand who was who, but then it slowed down and I caught up with their names eventually.What I liked about this book was the graphic of it, the mystery in it and the characters.The witches are spying on their new neighbours, a man and his son that are witchhunters! Despite of that, the biggest witch sister is befriending the son of that man. And around town people notice that objects are stolen from them.One of the sisters can feel a bad shadow that is lurking around them and they go searching for what it is and who is responsible, but they get into trouble.I had a feeling about who may be the responsible thief and I guessed it not long before the twist came around. And trust me, it is not who you think it is!The book was cute and it's worth reading! It comes out somewhere between 27th of August and 3rd of September, so keep an eye on it!
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  • Madhu MaBookYard -
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating : 4This story follows a family of witches who has to protect their magic and be nice to their Witch hunting neighbours. It deals with how the girls deal with acceptance, family bonds, envy and a bigger threat that is destroying everyone in their town is the main concept of this story!.Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and is not influenced in any way..First, I really love how this shades over the story of My Rating : 4This story follows a family of witches who has to protect their magic and be nice to their Witch hunting neighbours. It deals with how the girls deal with acceptance, family bonds, envy and a bigger threat that is destroying everyone in their town is the main concept of this story!.Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and is not influenced in any way..First, I really love how this shades over the story of Little women as a retelling but with some fantasy twist to it! I loved all the characters and how each of them has their own unique personalities. The story had a really nice flow to it and the art style was really amazing! I am a huge fan of art style like this and it just made my reading experience even better!.The second was how each character had their own amazing character arc. This is a very short graphic novel that holds a plotline, character introductions, and a story structure! You get to see how each character starts out, and how they up overcoming their fears and end up helping each other and in turn banishing the evil lurking behind them ! ( Literally ! ) Also, the witch hunter neighbours? I must say they along with out witches make a really fun pair ! But I loved the fact that it was not romanticized and paved way to a good friendship. It might be more, but you don't feel like it while you are reading the book..With that being said, I think there were a few loose ends with how the story ended. Few characters were introduced but they didn't have the proper exit ( If that makes any sense? ) Plus, at times you feel like a lot of things happen in a single page and it's quite difficult to grasp what is happening. I guess you could say it felt like the story flow was broken because of that. It might not be that way to you, but I felt that way. That in no way affected my reading experience, but I would have liked this book even more, if that was not the case..Overall, I really loved the relationship between the characters, the family bonding, the story flow, the art style was beautiful. If you are a fan of retelling, or you have ever read Little Women, or just want a quick graphic novel to read, check this book out! I definitely had a very good time reading this book !
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  • Tams
    January 1, 1970
    Author : Leigh DragoonGenre : Middle grade, Graphic novel, Retelling, FantasyPublication date :  August 27th 2019 by Oni PressNumber of pages : 160 pagesSynopsis : A retelling of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, the graphic novel follows Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as witches-in-training. When Mr. Laurence, a witchfinder, moves in next door with his grandson to investigate renegade magic, the girls get caught up in the action.I received this eARC for free from Netgally and Oni Press in exchange for Author : Leigh DragoonGenre : Middle grade, Graphic novel, Retelling, FantasyPublication date :  August 27th 2019 by Oni PressNumber of pages : 160 pagesSynopsis : A retelling of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, the graphic novel follows Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as witches-in-training. When Mr. Laurence, a witch­finder, moves in next door with his grandson to investigate renegade magic, the girls get caught up in the action.I received this eARC for free from Netgally and Oni Press in exchange for an honest reviewLittle Women is one of my favourite classic novels - and movies - so when I saw this graphic novel retelling of the March sisters, I was really excited.I was not disappointed; I loved this little graphic novel.I enjoyed the premise of the magic and witch hunters and the March's being "good witches". I also liked that Mr Lawrence and Laurie are African American and address the issues of slavery and abolition. I prefer it when books or comics don't shy away from important topics just because children are the target audience.It was a really cute little story and I do hope that it's just the first in a series so that more of the original Little Women storyline can be unpacked within this reimagining. I'd be interested to see what they do with it.The illustrations were lovely and adorable, and I'd definitely buy this for myself or my son Larkin for when he's older.Rating : 5/5 Book wolves.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Little Women is one of my favorite classic novels, so when I saw this was a mashup of Little Women plus WITCHES, I was super excited. The resulting comic is a little light on plot, with lots of promise but not enough development to be satisfying.In this retelling, Laurie is a Black teen living with his Black, formerly enslaved grandfather. The way the comic is colored, it's nearly impossible to differentiate the grandfather's skin from his features. I could have excused it since the illustration Little Women is one of my favorite classic novels, so when I saw this was a mashup of Little Women plus WITCHES, I was super excited. The resulting comic is a little light on plot, with lots of promise but not enough development to be satisfying.In this retelling, Laurie is a Black teen living with his Black, formerly enslaved grandfather. The way the comic is colored, it's nearly impossible to differentiate the grandfather's skin from his features. I could have excused it since the illustrations overall aren't highly defined and carry a whimsical feel common to children's graphic novels... but the white characters are lit properly. This felt like a clumsy attempt to tie slavery to the narrative without taking the time to metaphorically and physically draw the Black grandfather as a full person. Magic is used in the South by slaveowners to keep enslaved people restricted to their property and for punishment. This does come into play late in the book, but it didn't work as a way to mash together the Little Women callbacks and the magic worldbuilding in the story.Overall, I wanted too much and the book ended up as something I won't be recommending for purchase at my library.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a creative and great adaptation! I really enjoyed it. It stayed close enough to the original content that I could see the cleverness in how it was re-envisioned, and it strayed in all the right ways. My qualm is the same one I had with Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle: the dialogue cuts off somewhere in the final confrontation, and the rest of the book is very quiet. Sort of eerily so. At that climax, I'm reading fast: things are happening fast, I'm excited, I want to see This was such a creative and great adaptation! I really enjoyed it. It stayed close enough to the original content that I could see the cleverness in how it was re-envisioned, and it strayed in all the right ways. My qualm is the same one I had with Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle: the dialogue cuts off somewhere in the final confrontation, and the rest of the book is very quiet. Sort of eerily so. At that climax, I'm reading fast: things are happening fast, I'm excited, I want to see what happens. And when the dialogue stops, I'm going REALLY fast because I'm only reading images. And then, I flip through the last 5-6 pages and it's over. It feels so abrupt, and I'm left feeling like I'm missing the last chapter. Aside from that, I really enjoyed it: I'd love to see a follow up to this, although I'm not sure at this junction if one is intended. I thought the world was really well imagined and portrayed, and I found the story interesting and the characters compelling. 4 Stars.
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  • Jill Kenna
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott but with the sisters being witches. I really enjoyed this book. I have read and loved Little Women so I knew the basic plot going into the book but I was pleasantly surprised to read all of the changes that were made to the original book. I was very glad that the author didn't change the sisters personalities that much, they were essentially the same as in the original just having added powers. I think this book is geared towards midd This book is a retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott but with the sisters being witches. I really enjoyed this book. I have read and loved Little Women so I knew the basic plot going into the book but I was pleasantly surprised to read all of the changes that were made to the original book. I was very glad that the author didn't change the sisters personalities that much, they were essentially the same as in the original just having added powers. I think this book is geared towards middle grade kids, especially girls. This would be a fantastic addition to any library or home library for kids that age. I think it has a great message about how to get along with your siblings and how not to be envious of things that you don't have. Overall I highly recommend this book.(I did find one instance where the person that was speaking repeated the speech bubble in the same panel. Other than that I didn't not see any lettering errors through out the book.)
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  • Lauren (Northern Plunder)
    January 1, 1970
    My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too.Okay so I have to be honest with you guys – I’ve never read Little Women. I don’t know anything about Little Women and I picked this graphic novel up because I want to read more about witches.I feel like talking about the plot is a bit weird as possibly everyone but me actually has some understanding of Little Women…But I could be wrong so here goes.In this retelling the March women are witches and it opens My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too.Okay so I have to be honest with you guys – I’ve never read Little Women. I don’t know anything about Little Women and I picked this graphic novel up because I want to read more about witches.I feel like talking about the plot is a bit weird as possibly everyone but me actually has some understanding of Little Women…But I could be wrong so here goes.In this retelling the March women are witches and it opens with witch hunters – the Lawrences – moving in next door.But it’s fine, don’t worry, the Marches have good reputation and they’re not here for them.I like the relationship between the sisters and how they’re explored and improved over time. You can understand the frustrations that run between the girls, but it’s also great we get to see them work together and overcome their differences.All their strengths and weakness’ felt explored in this graphic novel which is something that can be hard to do in a smaller amount of pages. But this is why I loved this story, it handled a lot and did it well.I do believe I would’ve liked the magic systems to be explored or explained a little more as its pretty clear there are varients. But this wasn’t really a story about the magic and how it works. It really is more of a focus on the families solving a larger and darker magic that is taking over Concord.Outside of the family, the sub-plot revolves around a darker magic that’s causing things, people, and animals to go missing. It’s something the reader picks up very early on, but takes the Marches a little longer to consider as a concern. The sisters need to work together to find out why and who is causing it to happen, and how they can stop it. It’s what pulls the girls back together. Especially when one of them starts to fade too.The art is very cute and simple which fits the story well and doesn’t distract from a recognisable world (ours). However, I think pages where more is happening are stronger. For example, when magic is used, there’s a lot of plants or little magic-y items. They’re the ones that really made me stop and appreciate what I was reading.To conclude, I would definitely read more by Leigh Dragoon and think Little Witches is worth your time. Remember, always treat your friends (and sisters) with kindness.
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    An odd but interesting concept. Sometimes the modern references threw me off so I couldn’t tell if this was supposed to take place during the Civil War or during modern times, but due to the context of everything else, it’s Civil War like Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Because of that, it gives off the impression that it’s desperately trying to be modern and unique when it just feels odd. Honestly, I think that this would’ve been much more compelling as an original period piece without the Ma An odd but interesting concept. Sometimes the modern references threw me off so I couldn’t tell if this was supposed to take place during the Civil War or during modern times, but due to the context of everything else, it’s Civil War like Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Because of that, it gives off the impression that it’s desperately trying to be modern and unique when it just feels odd. Honestly, I think that this would’ve been much more compelling as an original period piece without the March sisters tie-in.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    I was really intrigued by the twist on Little Women but it just didn't do it for me. The story was hard to follow and it felt rushed, overall it was poorly executed. *ARC provided by Publisher & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    I received this graphic novel from Netgalley.Review to come in August.
  • Preyal
    January 1, 1970
    This is a graphic novel adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I haven’t read Little Women, and so won’t comment on the inspiration part of the novel. The story revolves around 4 witch sisters and their relationship with each other, their upbringing. Enter a witch finder who investigates and reports on witches who use magic for purposes which are prohibited. Then there’s a dark spell, obviously, and then these witches save the city. This is the journey of the book. That’s that. The illu This is a graphic novel adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I haven’t read Little Women, and so won’t comment on the inspiration part of the novel. The story revolves around 4 witch sisters and their relationship with each other, their upbringing. Enter a witch finder who investigates and reports on witches who use magic for purposes which are prohibited. Then there’s a dark spell, obviously, and then these witches save the city. This is the journey of the book. That’s that. The illustrations in the book are good, although the language in the comic strips and the font wasn’t great. The story is predictable and may be enjoyable to middle grade readers. It’s a graphic novel so won’t take much time to finish, so might as well give it a go! I received this ARC from Oni press for an honest review.
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  • Manon the Malicious
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This Little Women adaptation was pretty damn cool. I liked the magic and the setting as well as the art. It did help that I haven't read Little Women in forever so I had no idea what was about to happen. It felt very short though... I feel like I could have connected with the characters better had it been longer.
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