An endearing story full of lovable outsider characters, this graphic novel contains a perfect balance of realism and magic. In this book, appearances are not what they seem: the evil witch may or not be a sweet and eccentric old lady, and Snap herself may be more magical than she ever thought. I love the diversity and inclusivity in this book: the characters are so fully dimensional, and the themes of acceptance and friendship left me with all of the warm and fuzzy feelings I could hope for. Recommended By Ariel K., Powells.com
Snapdragon reads like a rambunctious, fearless hug. Leyh seamlessly weaves the complexities of gender and sexuality into the magic of this story, and has me desperate for volume two (I hope there will be one!). If you like witches, witches on motorcycles, three-legged dogs, and supportive moms, this is for you! Recommended By Rachel M., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town's witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.
Snap's town had a witch.
At least, that's how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online — after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool, too.
They make a deal: Jacks will teach Snap how to take care of the baby opossums that Snap rescued, and Snap will help Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic — and a connection with Snap's family's past.
"Sweet and fierce, this is a must-have." Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Full of magic and humor, this intersectional, layered tale offers joyful and affirming depictions of social outsiders and comfortably complicated families." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Snapdragon is the shero for the girl in every reader, casting her magic and fire on every panel, every page. Volume 2, please!" Rita Williams-Garcia, author of the Gaither Sisters series
"An absolute treasure. It's kind, vibrant, and alive, with characters you'll love immediately...An unforgettable story about loving ourselves, those around us, and the world we inhabit." Gale Galligan, author of the Kristy's Big Day graphic novel
About the Author
Kat Leyh is a Chicago based writer and artist. She's best known as the current co-writer and cover artist for the series Lumberjanes, and for her queer superhero webcomic Supercakes. She's also worked as a cover artist, and back-up writer/artist for several BOOM! Studios series.