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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
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Published February 18th 2020 by DC Comics
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Chad
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is part of DC Ink 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 ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
This was so so cute!
Thank you DC Comics and Random House for the gifted review copy!
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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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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!
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
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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 isnt 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 dances
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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
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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.
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 couldnt 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 wasnt 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 100%
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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.
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
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.
Chloe
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.

Rating - 2/5
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.
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!
Kate Waggoner
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
@Kidlitexchange

Thank you to @matthewjcody, @yoshiyoshitani, and @dccomics for sharing an advance copy of Zatanna & the House of Secrets with the #kidlitexchange network. This book was released February 18, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Zatanna is the daughter of a single father, who also happens to be a magician. On All Hallow's Eve, her father leaves in a hurry, with a black eye, telling her to stay home and not let Pocus, their rabbit, out of her sight. Frustrated and wanting to see her
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Julie
This was SUCH a delight. Gorgeous art, really fun, empowering story. Really, really enjoyed this one.
Pop Bop
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Z's Origin Story

Zatanna is a lesser known, but still frequently encountered, character from the DC Universe, and this graphic novel for kids introduces her as a young girl, which is sort of fun and serves as an interesting entree to the DC pantheon.

We start slowly, with middle school angst, but not too far in Zatanna's Dad disappears in their magical house, and Zatanna, her familiar, Pocus, the slightly sarcastic rabbit, and an untrustworthy witch boy, have to quest through the house in order to
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Ben Truong
Zatanna and the House of Secrets is a graphic novel written by Matthew Cody and illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani. It centers on Zatanna Zatara a middle schooler who lives with her widower father who lives in an equally mysterious house.

Halloween is going poorly for Zatanna, a middle schooler who lives in an odd-looking house with her small-time stage magician father, Zatara, and his rabbit, Pocus. Changing friendships and social pressures create awkward challenges, and then, after school, an
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M.L. Little
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange partner: Zatanna and the House of Secrets by @matthewjcody and @yoshiyoshitani. Releases February 18 through @dccomics.

I dont have a huge review for this book because it was not long, or shocking, or profound. But I loved it, anyway. I really did. It has a good flow, gorgeous art, and wraps up nicely. Also THERE IS A HOMESCHOOLED CHARACTER. This isnt a major plot point. Its not about how he adjusts to real school. Hes just randomly homeschooled. My fifth-grade-self is shedding
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Dontreadlikethem
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This graphic novel is packed with action and adventure. Zatanna is the daughter of a magician but has no idea the truth about her house. The book starts by jumping into her morning headed to school. Like most teens she is running late. On the way we meet her home schooled friend Benji and watch her try to defend him against some bullies. Zatanna has some questionable friends but also an adorable rabbit named Pocus.
Zatanna is at that in between point in her life. She knows she is too old for
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Maggie Librarian
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: washyarg
Thank to the publisher for the advanced reader copy.

Zatanna is just a regular middle school student, dealing with a dorky dad, being teased for having a nerdy male friend, and her best female friend suddenly wearing make up and wanted to go to parties. Zatanna is wildly uninterested in parties with the jerks in her middle school- until she finds a note recently written by her mother, who she always thought was dead! Zatanna responds quickly, she grabs her pet rabbit, and heads off to the jerk
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RedPoppyReading
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
@dccomics brings us another awesome graphic novel for kids in @matthewjcody and @yoshiyashitani Zatanna and the House of Secrets. Zatanna and her stage magician father live in an unusual house but she is a pretty ordinary kid going to school, standing up to bullies and trying to figure out her best friend. Zatanna is dealing with ordinary kid stuff until her father runs out of the house and leaves her in charge of taking care of the pet rabbit. It doesnt take long for her to discover that her ...more
Cale
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Definitely aimed at YA audiences, this book finds a young Zatanna discovering her heritage and destiny, after some trope YA high school situations. While the setup is pretty blase, the page to page action works well, and the introduction of Klarion as a foil works well. The House of Secrets is also used to good effect, although the story stretches some of its geography to the breaking point. Still, it has plenty of action, a good character arc for Zatanna, and a couple emotional beats that work ...more
Jaymie
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

A fun, magical story about Zatanna discovering her powers and dealing with the Witch Queen and Witch Boy in the House of Secrets. I adored the library scene and the character Zatanna finds there. Zatanna's development, the ways she builds her confidence through the story. is terrific!

My only "complaint" is that the talking bunny had to be called a "familiar" which will put
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Randi
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of Zatanna and the House of Secrets through Netgalley so that I could share my review with you!

Zatanna has not had the best time at school so far; the kids are mean, and her friends dont seem to act much nicer. When she finally gets invited to a Halloween party, she is desperate to go, to prove that she is worth being friends with. Things dont go quite as planned, though, when her father disappears to take care of an emergency, leaving her in charge of the house.
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Frances Bland
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mitchell
A middle-school Zatanna with intentionally young art. Should of been awful. But the art was cutesy but not bad, the colors were fantastic. And the story skirted the edge. There were awful fellow students but not too awful. There was peril but it felt real without being too scary. And the use of the backward spells were really well done. I even liked the rabbit and the cat. Sure not much substance here. But about as good as could be expected. 3.5 of 5.
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