Little Witches: Magic in Concord

Little Witches: Magic in Concord

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...

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Title:Little Witches: Magic in Concord
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Little Witches: Magic in Concord Reviews

  • Bethany

    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.

  • Joanna Bennett

    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

    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

  • Lost

    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. T

    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!

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    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.

  • Etienne

    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!

  • Bruna Miranda

    **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

    **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!

  • La Coccinelle

    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 l

    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

    , and I'm not sorry I read it. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, though.

  • Julia Sapphire

    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

    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.

  • Emma

    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-

    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.

  • Mitticus

    +Digital ARC gently provided by publishers and netgalley for an honest review+

    Age Range: 8 and up

    Grade Level: 3 - 4

    I was curious to read this book, which is an

    of the beloved classic

    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 kno

    +Digital ARC gently provided by publishers and netgalley for an honest review+

    Age Range: 8 and up

    Grade Level: 3 - 4

    I was curious to read this book, which is an

    of the beloved classic

    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.

    However (and here taking a break to note that

    ), one of my major problems with the book is that it has serious problems in its edition in account of the content of the

    , because many letters are missing throughout this work which does not allow to appreciate it as it should. Besides that the

    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.

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