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.
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I love Little Women and was excited to read this graphic novel retelling – it features the March sisters as witches! The story retains the original historical setting and characters, with a magic twist. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are “good” witches-in-training. There is also mystery as the sisters try to figure out who is behind a spate of disappearances in Concord. Interestingly, Laurie and his grandfather are African American in this retelling. The author doesn’t shy away from real historical issues and slavery is explained in a way younger readers can understand through magic.
At first, I found it a little difficult to tell apart Meg, Jo and Beth because they all looked similar. Once Jo had a haircut, the main characters appeared more distinguished. The art style looked nice and simple. I liked the varied use of colour; some pages are bright and dazzling, while others have a sepia tone feel.
As this is a short graphic novel, there isn’t that much character development. I enjoyed the emphasis on family and friendship, although I wish we could have seen more of the close bond the sisters share with each other and their mother, Marmee. Little Witches is aimed at middle grade readers so there is no romance. That said, I was hoping for just a tiny bit of a spark between Jo and Laurie, but it didn’t really materialise.
The ending was rushed and I’m guessing this is the first in a series. All in all, Little Witches is a cute graphic novel, but I felt like it’s missing the charm of the original novel.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐