Published on July 19th, 2017 | by Richard Boom0
Review: Ravina The Witch
When opening a book so visually appealing, the tendency to just let it be only about art is grand. That would be a disservice to this dark, odd, lovely story!
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Talented visual artist Junko Mizuno creates a dark, fantastical illustrated tale featuring talking animals, giant birds and dancing mushrooms. When Ravina is given a magic wand by a mysterious old woman, she turns from a lonely girl living in a dump… into a witch?
The power of this story is the way readers stumble from one page to the other, by sheer visual force and remeniscent of Ravina – our sotry’s protegé – in the way she stumbles from phase to phase, from situation to situation. Ravina lives on a dumping ground, is kind to birds and to old hags and in growing up she stumbles into other situations, gets a home in new environments and developed a certain coming-of-age by the end of the book.
The innocence of Ravina is in stark contrast with the grim reality of the ‘real’ world with all the grownups with their hidden agenda’s.
The story creator/artist Mizuno brew is filled with lush art, with innocent creatures, with a message..
FC – HC – 48pp – $24.99
On sale: January 18, 2017