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 Aster and the accidental magic
 Author: Pico, Thom

 Illustrator: Karensac

 Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
 Pub Year: 2020

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 210 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 716678 ISBN: 9780593124178
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Graphic novels
 Country life -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Foxes -- Fiction
 Genies -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction

Price: $22.81

Summary:
Aster is bored at her new home in the mountains in the middle of nowhere--until she meets an odd old shepherdess and her woolly dogs, a sneaky trickster, and an angry fox. In graphic novel format.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/19)
   Booklist (03/15/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/03/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2020 Two separate but linked adventures introduce Aster, who isn’t pleased when her family moves from the city to the mountains. Forced to drop her video games and explore the valley, she literally stumbles upon a magical being known as the Trickster Rapscallion, who offers her three wishes. Of course, the wishes don’t go quite as planned, and Aster must scramble to rectify her mistakes and prevent a coming catastrophe. The second adventure sees her contending with the fox spirit of autumn after a magical mishap causes the mountain—and time itself—to fall out of balance. Fast-paced action and adventure make for a winning combination when joined with Karensac’s charming character design and bold pastel colors. As the story expands, so too does its world, as Aster is aided by a series of lovable side characters, including a talking dog, a mysterious old shepherd woman, and a trio of Chestnut Knights—tiny, cloaked warriors who steal the show. A joyous middle-grade romp for fans of Ben Hatke. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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