This reminded me a lot of Mooncakes, but I preferred this. It was grittier, and left out the romance element. It also left any trans content implied instead of making that an explicit storyline, but overall it was well done and had a positive message. #BBRC Middle Grade Anthropomorphic After 2010 @LibrarianRyan #PopSugar2022 #AboutWitches
I reread this graphic novel to prepare for leading a Children‘s Book Club based on the Massachusetts Children‘s Book Award (MCBA). The first time I read it was for grad school & I was *way* too critical; I loved it this time around!
Here, I‘m showing off one of the temporary tattoo designs for a planned activity. This means “Apple,” according to the text. 🍎 Spoken aloud, it encourages fruit to grow. And promotes knowledge, of course. 🤓
The sixth prompt of the #Haunted challenge is Witchy Wednesday, and even though it‘s not Wednesday any more, The Witch Boy is a perfect witchy pick! I absolutely love this series about a boy who wants to be allowed to do the magic only women get to do, and doesn‘t want to do the magic of men. #PhotoChallenge
4🌟 This story follows a boy that wants to be a witch, instead of the shapeshifting demon hunting man he is supposed to become. He has always been drawn to magic, and just can not stop doing it. If only his parents would understand. The family believes boys do boys things and girls do girls things. They can not change positions. This story is wonderful and heartfelt. I loved it and I can not wait to read the next two.
4🌟 What a great little read this was. It was a bit predictable, but this can be overlooked due to its powerful message of acceptance and being true to oneself. It combats gender norms and discusses the difference between body and soul and the harm that can be caused by trying to fit people into predetermined identities, all with the backdrop of magic, shapeshifters, and demons. I'll definitely be looking for the next in this series.
I really enjoyed this MG graphic novel about a boy who doesn't want to shapeshift like boys are "supposed to" and wants to learn witch magic, which is only for girls. This was my #LMPBC #groupG book and I'll be sending it your way next @WanderingBookaneer
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the nine books i read in april 2021 ✨
it's rare that i read middle grade books, but this month was saturated with them, and the witch boy and both tea dragon books were my faves, such lovely graphic novels. 🧙🏽🐲
i haven't had a lot of time or energy for reading lately, especially non-audiobook reading, but i hope to make more time for it this month, as i'm missing it a lot. 📚
Just finished this middle grade graphic novel. Five ⭐️ from me. Main character should be a shapeshifter as a boy in his family but is drawn to traditionally female identifying witchcraft. There‘s a mystery of attacks from an evil shifter to add to the drama. It was beautifully done and a quick read.
I ❤️ this (and see myself being the type of grandma shown in the top pannels there). The art, characters & story are fun. It has clear parallels between real gender expectations (whether someone defies gender norms or discovers that they're trans or non-binary) that parallel the real world, & this topic is handled well. An excellent middlegrade/YA read.
*Also, this puts me another goal finished for #OutstandingOctober !
Every week, I highlight #LGBTQAuthors as part of #TheRainbowShelf. 🏳️🌈 Molly Ostertag describes a childhood immersed in nature and fantasy. These adventures didn't end in childhood, living on in her imaginative work both in graphic novels and animation. She is married to cartoonist Noelle Stevenson. #LGBTQ #QueerAuthors #Comic #IntegrateYourBookShelf
OK. I think this might be an #unpopularopinion, so I‘m taking a deep breath before I admit it: I liked this middle-grade graphic novel (enough to give it a “pick”, for sure) but I didn‘t *love* it. It‘s got a great message about the triteness & artificiality of gender roles, & magic, & lots of diversity, & great art...but the text could‘ve flowed more smoothly, IMO. And since I am, first & foremost, a lover of prose, that‘s a big deal for me.
My nine-year-old son read The Witch Boy twice before I could get my hands on it--I've already put book #2 on hold! Molly Knox Ostertag's graphic novel tells the story of thirteen-year-old Aster, a boy who lives in a world in which girls become witches and boys become shapeshifters. Aster, however, has not found his spirit animal, and he's MUCH more interested in witchcraft than in ever shapeshifting. (continued in comments)
This story was great! All the women in the family are witches, the men shapeshifters. So why does Aster want to do magic instead of shift? There was a lot of representation on these pages. This was a great graphic novel.
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This is a cute story with a heavy-handed allegory that didn‘t quite work for me. It bugged me that, while Aster could learn the girls‘ witchcraft by spying on their lessons, there didn‘t seem to be any way for an interested girl to learn shapeshifting. I didn‘t like the villain‘s motivation. And the grandmother could have spoken up earlier! I really liked the art, especially when depicting witchcraft, and the younger characters are delightful.
This is the most wholesome thing I've read in a while. Aster, a 13-year old boy in a world where boys become shapeshifters and girls become witches, is much more interested in witchery than shifting, and his family is noooot about that. Cue bad things happening to bad people and good people being good and everything being great, just.. gosh darn I loved this ❤️
This is fantastic. Wonderful art, and the storyline is just amazing. Aster‘s family is magical, and that magic follows strict gender norms. Except when it doesn‘t. Boys are supposed to be shapeshifters, and girls witches. Aster is a witch. He hides and denies who he is, until he breaks another rule and makes a human friend, Charlie. She is the absolute best. Read this book. Just trust me.
This was amazing!! The artwork was superb and fun. The characters were likable. I'm all about spooky plots. Aster is a 13 year old boy who wants to be a witch, but the females in his family are the witches and the males are shape shifters. Anyone who doesn't conform to this is ostracized from the family. #LGBTQ #spooky #fittingin #graphicnovel
Questioning the rigidity of gender roles is presented in a fresh way in this engaging fantasy where only girls can do magic and only boys can shapeshift. Aster learns to be true to his potential as a boy who is drawn towards magic, not shapeshifting. A warm and bright #graphicnovel with #LGBTQ characters and diverse skin tones, suitable for ages 8 and up.
This was awesome! Highly recommend!
In a world where girls become witches and boys become shapeshifters, we see what good can happen when a boy is allowed to work towards his dream of being a witch, as well as what happens when a similar boy was made to suppress the same dream.
Usually we see stories where a young girl is trying to do something seen as traditionally masculine and the obstacles she faces. It was refreshing to see The Witch Boy tackle the other side of that coin with a boy wanting to do something traditionally feminine. But the story can also be read as a metaphor for someone coming to terms with being gender non-conforming or trans. I recommend giving it a read if you're looking for something magical!
The Witch Boy is so good! The art is cute, pretty, fun, functional. The story is lovely. The characters are likable. The whole thing serves as a sweet and child friendly allegory for gender. I definitely recommend this one, hope to see more from the author, and would for sure reread it. I only wish it had been longer.
I‘m continuing my graphic novel mornings this weekend as I try to get through my library stacks.
This was such a charming story! Breaking gender norms. And low key mention of queer parents like it‘s no big deal. Fun all around. I wish it had been more in-depth but I have to remind myself that this is for a younger audience.
#witchboy #witchcraft #lgbtq