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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  3,657 ratings  ·  782 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 Crocs-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by First Second
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Francesca Granberry Lu's transition happens towards the middle of the book so they might not have wanted to spoil that plot point. She is very explicitly a transgender gi…moreLu's transition happens towards the middle of the book so they might not have wanted to spoil that plot point. She is very explicitly a transgender girl in the book though. (less)
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dale ♡ unfortunately i believe this is a standalone and will not be getting a sequel. :(

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Kat
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites
that was.....completely wonderful. great for fans of the prince & the dressmaker, or if you’re just looking for a wholesome graphic novel time 🥺
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this weird little book. Unique story, great diversity, beautiful friendships. And it spoke to my roadkill-loving soul haha.
Calista
Another find from the staff recs at the library. This is an odd one. We see a girl named Snapdragon, goes by Snaps, who decides to befriend the elderly town witch. It's simply rumors and everyone is scared of her. Snaps learns how to find dead animals and bury them and she finds she can see their spirit and help them move on. The old witch is named jacks and she makes a living seeing the skeletons of these animals online. She digs up the bones and begins to set them. Snaps comes up with the idea ...more
Mir
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy, younger
This was really good! Strong but not idealized characters, deals with serious issues without getting overly dark, realism leavened with fantasy. Lots of animals.

I don't love this art style but it definitely works for this story.
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Maia
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This comic is stellar! It is- *chef's kiss* -everything I want out of a middle grade book which has both queer and trans characters and also magic and mystery. I've been a fan of Kat Leyh since the Super Pancakes days. This new book is such a wonderful continuation of the themes that drew me to her work in the very beginning! The art is so pleasing, all of the characters hits a sweet spot between realism and cartoon that makes me curl my toes with with pleasure. Snapdragon (Snap for short) is a ...more
Candace Robinson
I really loved the drawings and the mystery in this! Some parts got a little too serious/contemporaryish for me, so I was pulled out of the story at times. But I really love that freaking cover!
Skye Kilaen
Fantastic & diverse graphic novel that my husband and I both adored, and I know our 13 year old is going to love. A middle-school girl who feels like an outsider encounters a "witch" in the woods and finds out all *kinds* of secrets about the world and her own family. A variety of lovely queer rep, a fantastic girl protagonist, her mother is awesome, her dog is wonderful, and wow I JUST LOVED THIS. I'm sure other people have written reviews that actually talk about the book well instead of just ...more
Robin Stevens
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An offbeat, proudly weird and very wonderful graphic novel about being yourself (and ghost possums) (8+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
This was literally perfect! I loved everything about it. So much diversity!!! The story was so important and all about acceptance in every shape, color and size. Just a dash of magic. It's my favorite read of the year! ...more
Kathryn Kania
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, ya, comics, sff, horror
I'm sorry, how DARE you make a perfect book? ...more
Jay G
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...

I received a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review

Snapdragon has always felt like an outcast in her small town. She befriends the town witch, Jacks, who agrees to teach her magic.

I LOVED THIS GRAPHC NOVEL WITH MY WHOLE HEART! I loved how there were very serious topics discussed in such easy, simple ways. For example, Snap's friend Lu is transgender. At the beginn
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Laura

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh is a graphic novel bubbling with energy and magic. And friendship! I loved these characters and the bonds they formed. The connections we find in ourselves and others are what make our days special in this world. Discovering who we are AND people to support and surround us is the light in the sky, the sparkle in the glitter, and the joy of it all! Snap learns that and so much more when she comes face to face with the town witch, a woman rumored to have fed her eye to the d
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iz
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
this was absolutely adorable, I love love loved the characters and the art style and everything!!!
Laura
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This book is phenomenal. Such a well crafted story, tight and exciting and full of true goodness and heart. The art is unique and expressive and so good. The colors are visceral. The characters and representation true to life and vibrating with deliberate care. I loved it. Absolute highest of recommendations.
Zoe
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay!!! I know I say this about a lot of graphic novels but???!!!! THIS IS THE BEST EVER!!! Witches and best friends and a trans character and old biker queers and a three-legged dog and a tough, loving, single mom raising a grumpy, passionate daughter! I can't say enough good things about this story! The art is evocative and emotional and makes you wanna sink into it! I JUST LOVE THIS OKAY!! ...more
Hannah
Oct 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, graphic-novels
SNAPDRAGON is whip-smart and fiercely embraces its eccentricity, just like its eponymous character. This witchy coming-of-age is a celebration using your powers for good and finding people who love you for who you are.
Rod Brown
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew nothing about this book when I started reading, but I found myself quickly swept away by a feel-good fantasy about roadkill(!), magic, and nonconformists with LGBTQ+ and Black American characters. I loved the art and the writing. And here's my vote for a sequel ASAP. ...more
Mehsi
Witches, dogs, ghosts, family, and more. A wonderful and fun graphic novel that I would highly recommend.

OH MY GOSH guys this was just the cutest and most fun graphic novel I have read in a while (not counting my rereads). I will be trying to write a review but I am still very much fangirling that I am not sure if it works. :P

Snapdragon is such a wonderful character, strong, isn't afraid to tell someone a piece of their mind, helps out others, and is dedicated to learning things. In this one s
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Jen
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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C. S.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SUCH Studio Ghibli vibes from this (also the witches a la Terry Pratchett) but it's also totally it's own thing and transformed me into A GIANT BALL OF FEELINGS. ...more
DaNae
I do love twisty surprises and this story has plenty. Such a vibrant cast of characters.
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Artemis
'Snapdragon' is as messy, colourful, loud, passionate, tenacious, resolute, impulsive, eclectic, adorable, and precious a graphic novel as its namesake protagonist.

Snapdragon Bloom is a young girl, an outcast, who is trying to find her place in a world cruelly not suited to her, or to her needs and wants. Life is generally strange and hard when you're a kid, but Snap feels this anxiety and isolation very strongly. She hides nothing and wears her heart on her sleeve, and she can't help but lash o
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M.  [storme reads a lot]
Well, this was so cute! I can’t believe how interesting it was (I never expect graphic novels to be anything but fun). This story has layers and diversity. I liked the stories and how all of the people connected. I could not believe how adorable the illustrations were but juxtaposed with some witchcraft and darker elements! I think this is the perfect graphic novel for October.
Melki
A girl . . .
A witch . . .
A three-legged pup . . .
Animal bones . . .
And magic.

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I absolutely loved this one.

Best graphic novel of 2020.
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Sage Agee
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this immediately!!! For the most wholesome, witchy, queer graphic novel you’ve ever read. This is UP THERE with Mooncakes and that’s saying a LOT.
Niki Smith
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, ebook, read2020
So so good!
Bridget
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully diverse graphic novel about a young girl, Snap, who lives in a town where there is a witch. But perhaps this witch is not all she seems, maybe she is misunderstood, Snap discovers the humanity behind the mysterious woman. She discovers there is magic to be found and acceptance of the different ways we think of ourselves and where we fit in the world. Snap and her friend Lu are irresistible characters. And the family connections felt beautiful.

This is beautifully drawn, the pages of
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Melanie  Brinkman
Witchcraft doesn't always spell toil and trouble.

Snap's town has a witch. But you shouldn't believe everything you hear. After seeking out Jacks's help, Snap discovers she's just a Crocs- wearing old lady who sells the skeletons of roadkill online. It's creepy, but kind of cool too.

In exchange for a favor, she begins helping Jacks with her strange work. It's not long before they get to know each other and Snap realizes that Jacks may have real magic- and a surprising connection to her family's p
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Lata
I absolutely loved this story about Snap, a bright, enthusiastic girl who develops an interest in anatomy after she befriends supposed witch Jacks. She also becomes friends with a neighbour Louis, who likes monster movies and skirts. The two hang out on the many nights Snap’s extremely hardworking mother Vi pulls double shifts.
The fantasy element is secondary to what is a wonderful story about family, friendship, figuring out who you are and what you like, and being kind, tolerant, loving and re
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Phil Jensen
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an excellently crafted story that is about many things- witchcraft, sexual and gender identity, family, animals, the circle of life, and more. None of them feel forced or shoehorned into the story. Everything goes together perfectly.

The art is good, but I prefer more realistic hair and facial expressions, like Victoria Jamieson's.

This book is eligible for the 2021 Newbery. A strong argument could be made for it. The main criticism I could make is that the themes came across as so specifi
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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.

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