Garlic and the Vampire (Paperback)
Local Witch Agnes and her vegetable companions’ peaceful lives are thrown into unease when a vampire moves in nearby! And only one vegetable can face him: poor anxiety-ridden Garlic! Garlic is tasked with confronting this vampire in order to help her friends, and her journey becomes one of finding her courage and discovering that people we don't know are not always as terrifying as our anxiety tells us. Absurdly cute and weirdly wonderful, with exemplary autumn vibes, this magical Witchy story is an all-ages, heart-filled adventure to sink your teeth into, with each character vibrant and completely lovable. I've never identified with vegetables so much in my life!
(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel
— From Staff Picks by Isabel
An enchanting, farm-fresh debut graphic novel starring an unusual heroine who is braver than she realizes, for middle grade readers looking for a cozy, adventuresome read in the vein of Witch Boy or Be Prepared.
Garlic feels as though she’s always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it’s nice and safe.
But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes.
After all, garlic drives away vampires…right?
"In this down comforter of a graphic novel, Garlic discovers that she is braver and more capable than she ever believed when she is called upon to save her friends. The color palette is folkloric, drawing on lush earth tones to highlight this cozy little village where people and vegetables live harmoniously—this is cottagecore through and through."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
This book is so lovely and soft-spoken, but packs a powerful and beautiful message. A young boy visits his grandfather, and while the two do not speak the same language, they find communication through things even more powerful than words: art, family, and love. This book is so magical, taking us through this journey of discovery with stunning artwork.
(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel