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Welcome to the magical, mystical, topsy-turvy world of the House of Secrets, where Zatanna embarks on a journey of self-discovery and adventure ... all with her pet rabbit, Pocus, at her side

Zatanna and her professional magician father live in a special house, the House of Secrets, which is full of magic, puzzles, mysterious doors, and storybook creatures--it's the house e
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Published February 18th 2020 by DC Comics
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Scott
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There's a certain house on a certain street that everyone talks about. A house full of secrets . . . " -- from the opening pages

Spirited (ha-ha) little graphic novel featuring a thirteen year-old version of DC's 'mistress of magic,' Zatanna and the House of Secrets was an whimsical and heartfelt adventure done just right. (It also serves as something of a quasi-origin story, which is nice as this character - although she has been around over 50 years (!) now - is still not a household name lik
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Chad
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is part of DC Zoom and clearly intended for middle school aged readers. Zatanna is a 13-year old living with her stage magician father. The first 3rd of the book has Zatanna dealing with typical middle school issues of peer pressure and trying to fit in. I was a bit bored by it honestly. It wasn't until Zatanna discovered her magical heritage that it started to pick up. Zatanna and Klarion the Witch Boy go on a magical journey through the House of Secrets in search for her father. I liked t ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you DC Comics and Random House for the gifted review copy!

I loved every minute of this graphic novel! It’s intended for a younger audience but I think anyone can appreciate the story and art for this one. We get to follow the magical life of a younger Zatanna and her friendly familiar Pocus. I can definitely see a younger audience loving this but I think adults will appreciate this one as well. I personally really enjoyed this. The plot was a lot less serious than other DC Comics but it wa
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Rod Brown
I think this is the first of this new wave of DC Graphic Novels for Kids (and I'm including the short-lived Zoom imprint) that I enjoyed from start to finish. The stylized art is cool; the story had some nice twists, humor, and Easter eggs for longtime DC fans; and Zatanna is just a fun character to get to know all over again. Nice! ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Zatanna is just trying to survive middle school. She and her stage-magician Dad live in a mysterious house with an adorable pet rabbit, Pocus. Zatanna believes that her father's magic tricks are just illusions, until one fateful day when she encounters real magic. She realizes that the house holds more secrets than she ever knew, and she must navigate trick stairs, cold dungeons, and enigmatic doors to escape the clutches of a wicked sorceress and save her father.

I loved this comic from start to
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aqilahreads
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
absolutely love the art but plot wise is a little bit choppy in some parts.
Jen
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
So meant to do this review earlier, but life got away from me, as it does for one. Anywho, to the book!

This was a cute read and I really love the trend of graphic novels geared towards younger readers with female heroes. I'm not well versed in comics, so this is a great introduction to me of the character Zatanna. It feels age appropriate. The artwork was cute and funky and I liked the characters and the storyline.

3.5 stars, a solid 3 star read. Definitely recommended.

My thanks to NetGalley an
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Dakota Morgan
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A clever, enjoyable, magical romp! Zatanna and the House of Secrets is perfect for a young audience, neatly introducing the character, her backstory, and potential future adventures as she discovers who she is. The art is cute and clear, absolutely perfect for the book. It's a quick, fairly simple read, but again, that's perfect for the audience (and for this old man). I especially loved Zatanna's interactions with Pocus, the rabbit/pooka. Too cute. ...more
Jess
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amanda
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In our house of secrets, minutes can seem like hours, hours like days.

Cute is one word to describe this.
Heartbreakingly cute in both words and artwork.
Zatanna lives in a house that I would DIE for. Magical and made of dreams, she resides with her father and a cute bunny named Pocus.

Zatanna knows her home life isn’t normal and that people in the neighborhood talk about her house which is dubbed the House of Secrets. It has never bothered her until she becomes excluded from cool events like dance
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Shannon Appelcline
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-dc, kids-ya
This all-ages Zatanna story is all around a fun offering. First up, it presents an enjoyable Zatanna at age 13 or so. Second, it makes strong use of DC elements, putting her in the House of Secrets with Father Zatara and even including Klarion. And finally, it's got absolutely beautiful art that really fits with its YA foundation.

With all that said, there's also enough depth, and a few surprises, to keep adult readers interested. It may not be as rereadable as a Vertigo book, but it's nonetheles
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Cass Moskowitz
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story was so fun! Silly magic, fun family dynamics, and a *spoiler* talking bunny! A fun romp all around.
Palos Heights Public Library
This was the book that the Tween Graphic Novel Club chose for our next meeting, that sadly had to get canceled. Although there was not a discussion, this book was still so enjoyable.
This was my first introduction to Zatanna, a magician and comic book character from DC comics.
Like Diana: Princess of Amazons, we get a younger Zatanna and how she is dealing with having a magician father and a mother who has supposedly died.
Zatanna finds that there is more to magic than the sleight of hand that her
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Devann
This was pretty cute although ultimately a little bit simplistic for me as an adult reader. It's a graphic novel that is set up more like a manga - with fewer panels per page, etc - so it's definitely a very quick read. The art is very cute though and the story was pretty fun as well. Pretty much only knowledge of Zatanna and the House of Secrets comes from Justice League Dark and other Constantine related properties so it was cool for me personally to see something with the same subject matter ...more
Maria
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was cute!

Zatanna changes a lot in the story. She learns things about herself and her family that she couldn’t have imagined at the very start. Her biggest challenges came from losing the “adult” characters who had always advised or protected her. She had to make her own way – although she did get help from a source she wasn’t expecting.

My only “complaint” is that the talking bunny had to be called a “familiar” which will put off some readers/families because of occult connections. I am not
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Mehsi
A pretty fun book about a girl named Zatanna who can do magic and who in this book finds out her house is actually magic. It was a really fun read and I loved Zatanna and how strong she was. How quick she was to find her powers and how to use them. I loved that she never gives up but instead just forges ahead and tries everything to save the house, save her dad, and oh yes, defeat the evil intruder (who had an awesome design). The art was pretty OK, it was very cartoon-ish which for me works at ...more
J.L.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2020
4.5 stars

My knowledge of Zatanna the DC superhero extends to a vague recollection of her being some sort of magician. So this was a fun middle-grade graphic novel to read as a cute stand-alone, which it totally works as. Zatanna is the quintessential young teenager, discovering herself as she hurtles toward adulthood.

Cody takes one of the conceits of the traditional “female coming of age” story, the importance of house and home, and twists it to great effect. The House of Secrets definitely acts
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Alana
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jri, ala, 2020-reads
I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW GOOD THIS WAS

I am 42 years old and loved every page of it. I swear to you, a few days ago, I was saying "I'm happy for the kids and all but meh, taking all these heroes and making them all the ages, whateverrr" and I am here to take it all back because this was adorable and clever and I want everyone to read it but also I refuse to let go of my copy. My kid can only read it at the table. Not touching food.
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Danielle Booey
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Zatanna Zatara so I was super excited to see that her character was getting a graphic novel in DC's kid's line.

I was not disappointed! This book is chock full of magic, top hats, backwards speech, cute rabbits named Pocus, a surprisingly large amount of a cute Klarion the Witch Boy interpretation, and a fun story about being yourself.

If you love Zatanna you will love this new interpretation of her and if you just like reading cute and funny graphic novels with talking animals and sassy ma
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K Whatsherface
Cute idea. I feel a bit old reading this one. To be fair it is for middle schoolers. It's fine. It is cute. ...more
Elsa Klingensmith-Parnell
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I'm *not* a witch."
"Then what are you?"
"Thirteen."

This book is beautiful and a wonderful story about growing up, finding friends, and learning how to be yourself.
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Rita
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5

This was so cute! I want there to be more volumes, i just wanna know what happens next! I loved Yoshitani’s illustrations as always and the story was just so fun. I want a Pocus too!
Heather
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid cute middle grade superhero comic!
Tonje
Loved it. Especially the art is great.
Beth Parmer
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can see young fans of Amulet enjoying this graphic novel.
Bianca Escada (planningwithlove)
I really enjoyed this! I love Zatanna from DC comics! Getting to learn how she was a child; how she learned she was magical was such a fun experience. I loved the illustrations in this graphic novel! The story was fun and imaginative. 💯 recommend.
Andrew
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good story about a kid that finds out they possess magic powers--- Zatanna did not disappoint! She did not know the extent of her magician father's powers until a mysterious evil queen appears in her house, looking for a secret. Her dad is nowhere to be found, and her house has turned into an unimaginable puzzle! I loved the humor, and I especially loved Pocus, Zatanna's feisty talking rabbit sidekick. ...more
Aeicha
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With a charming heroine, cool setting, a story full of fun twists and captivating magic, and engaging illustrations with a snazzy color theme, Zatanna and the House of Secrets is an entertaining and engrossing graphic novel for young readers!
Gabriela Pop
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A wild, whimsical and fun adventure tale with gorgeous illustrations! Would recommend to young readers and older DC fans alike
Dubzor
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Granted, I'm not the target demographic and I don't pretend to know what the target demographic enjoys anymore. Still...this was a mess. Full of tired cliche's and childish dialogue that I would imagine would appeal to a very specific age group, if that.

It's awfully long for younger kids, but far too childish for the older ones, in my assessment at least.
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