Witch hat atelier

Kamome Shirahama

Book - 2019

Meet young Coco, curious and bright, and desperate to learn how magic's wrought, but witches keep their secrets hidden tight, and witches, Coco knows, are born, not taught. Then one day Coco spies upon a witch as he prepares the charms for which she yearns. And sees that, like her skill with thread and stitch, the truth is, magic's something she can learn. Now with this knowledge, Coco starts to try to teach herself the witches' way with charms. And yet her aspirations go awry..., as Coco's magic causes grievous harm. To set things right young Coco leaves her home and so begins the tale with this tome.

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Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Published
New York : Kodansha Comics [2019-]
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in Japan in 2017 by Kodansha Ltd. as Tongari Bōshi no Atorie."
Reads from right to left.
Physical Description
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Audience
T, Ages 10+.
ISBN
9781632367709
163236770X
9781632368041
1632368048
9781632368058
1632368056
9781632368607
1632368609
9781632369291
163236929X
9781646510108
1646510100
9781646510788
164651078X
9781646512690
1646512693
9781646514472
1646514475
Main Author
Kamome Shirahama (author)
Other Authors
Stephen Kohler (translator), Lys Blakeslee, 1985- (letterer)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Coco wants to be a witch so bad! But witches are born, not made, and Coco was not made that way. When a witch visits her town and offers to magically repair a broken carriage, Coco sneaks a peek into the witch's workroom and sees that spells are drawn, not cast. While attempting her own drawings, she unknowingly performs one of the forbidden spells, turning her mother to stone. Begging to be allowed to keep her memory and save her mother, Coco is accepted as an apprentice to the witch and taken to his atelier, where she is introduced to her fellow students. Working within a familiar trope, mangaka Shirahama depends on her readers to understand how quest stories work. The story jumps quickly into Coco's adventure and is propelled into a plot twist that would normally take a couple of volumes to reach. This spareness of world building is easily forgiven, thanks to gorgeously detailed artwork, including a few full-color pages at the beginning of the book. With this book, the series is currently five volumes long and is ongoing in Japan, so purchasing further volumes is recommended. Fantastic fantasy for tweens and up. Grades 6-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Best of the Year — AV Club, New York Public Library, Nerdist, SYFY Wire, Chicago Public Library "Harry Potter meets Kiki's Delivery Service!" -AV Club A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. Reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, this lushly-drawn story has captured the hearts of fantasy fans worldwide. In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch...until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she's never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody "knows" might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem...