Book Review: Baba Yaga by An Leysen

Not my favorite. (3 stars)

I've always enjoyed tales of Baba Yaga so I was eager to pick this one up and enjoy the beautiful illustrations of An Leysen. As expected Leysen's illustrations were stunning! But I found the writing rather lackluster. I'm not sure the art makes up for it either. That said, if you have a child who you would like to share the tale of Baba Yaga with I found this version fairly tame so it might be a very good option.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Baba Yaga by An Leysen

Children's, Folk Tales
Print (56 pages, CLAVIS)
Once upon a time, in a land far away from here, lived a girl named Olga. Olga lived with her father in a beautiful house, and they were very happy together. Until Olga’s father one day fell in love again … His new wife was cruel and mean. And her sister Baba Yaga, who lived in a dark forest, was even meaner. Baba Yaga was a real witch! There was a rumor she was fond of children … on her plate! One day Olga’s stepmother sent her to Baba Yaga. What was she supposed to do now?
Baba Yaga, the witch from Slavonic mythology is coming alive in this fairy tale. An Leysen takes you on a journey in an imaginative story about a wicked witch and a sweet and brave little girl.

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