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Aster and the Accidental Magic

(Aubépine #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!

Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .

That's what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It's just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and . . .

. . . magic?

In her new home,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Random House Graphic (first published April 6th 2018)
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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Super cute!! Definitely reminded me of Hilda a little bit.
Jenna D.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastical adventures full of seasonal magic. Aster is a modern day folk tale told as two stories in one volume, with more to come. Theres action and humor all rolled together. The artwork is charming and playful, and the plot is smart with threads that wind together from story to story. I already look forward to the next volume! ...more
Kayla Miller
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two fun stories in one magical book. Aster moves from the city to the town her father grew up in and finds herself wrapped up in some magical drama in the woods that surrounds her new home.

I liked that while the stories have a lot of lore and fairytale elements, the world still feels modern with the inclusion of video games and the internet. The writing feels sincere and while there's humor, it doesn't take away from the real dramatic stakes of the story.

Looking forward to more stories with
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. So fun and whimsical with a delightful level of magic and adventure and doom!
Karen Parisot
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aster is upset at having to leave the city and move to the mountains for her moms job. Shes quickly bored and very reluctantly ventures outside and only because her dad makes her. She soon finds out theyre living in a valley full of magic. With a talking dog named Buzz, a Trickster called Rapscallion and the tiny Chestnut Knights just to name a few of the wacky characters, middle-grade readers will find plenty to like in this action packed novel. There are two Aster adventures contained in this ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Asters family has moved from the city to the country so that her mom, an ornithologist, can study the giant crow migration. At first, all Aster does is play video games indoors, and quickly becomes bored. But then she meets the Old Lady, a mysterious ancient shepherdess, and the Trickster Rapscallion, who grants her three wishes. A talking dog and other magical beings connected to nature catapult Aster into reality-bending adventures that challenge her understanding of the natural world. This ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars -- Delightful, surreal, and wonderfully creative.
A move to the mountains results in adventure beyond a young girls wildest dreams. A strange species of gigantic birds that reproduce on a 15-year cycle is gearing up for a migrationalways a destructive event. To help guide the birds, Asters scientist mother is building a robot. Her work takes the family to the mountains, and young Aster is initially distraught when her life is uprooted. But as she explores the countryside, she finds magic and mischief, befriends a seasonal deity, acquires a pet ...more
Meredith Ann
Charming with wonderful art. I liked the pop culture references in the background. The first story was more entertaining than the second. This is the second RH Graphic book I read and I think I am going to become a big fan of this imprint.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! It's actually 2 stories in the one book - the first about Aster sort of discovering that Accidental Magic, and the second with her having further adventures with said magic and the King of Autumn (who is, it must be said, not very pleasant). The stories are fun, with a hint of snark, a mysterious old lady with dogs that get sheared like sheep, and a girl who is struggling to figure out this new place she's been (involuntarily) moved to...and the artwork is awesome. ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aster and her rather small wooly-dog Buzz are absolutely delightful. When her family relocates from the city to the middle of nowhere for her mother's eccentric robotics job, she's bored out of her skull until she meets a strange elderly woman who claims to protect the mountain. Soon after their encounter, Aster finds that the wild world is a lot more rambunctious than she had expected! This tale includes two adventures with Aster, and I hope there's more to come! Any graphic novel reader is ...more
Aug 05, 2019 added it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2019
The rustic magic of HILDA meets the snarky humor of PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN in this smart, adventure-filled volume featuring a sarcastic but kind kid, a floppy-eared, talking dog; a frog-like, paddle ball playing trickster, a surly autumnal fox, and an 800-year-old dog shepherd, among others. Expressive art and fleshed-out characters make ASTER a delight to read.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got an advanced copy in the mail. Yay! This is so cute! Love the stories and the art is wonderful. Full of fun adventure and the story trusts the reader to come along for the ride without overexplaining everything.
Christine (Purplemanatees)
An adorable graphic novel containing two stores about the wonderful Aster and her abilty to find trouble. I loved the art so much in pairing with a very smooth story this made for a great read. I definitely recommend picking this up if you have any interest in magic and wilderness.
Kaylyn Gabbert
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a really cute story. The cast was so cute. I got an advanced copy at NYCC, and it was totally worth it. In stores for sale March 2020.
Raven Black
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Modern, quirky, story of nature and myth and one crazy coming of age story.
Carro Herdegen
Language: G (0 swears, 0 f); Mature Content: G; Violence: G
Ten-year-old Aster is not happy about leaving her home in the city to live in the middle of nowhere with slow internet connection. When she finally starts exploring outside, though, Aster finds plenty to keep her busy: a weird old woman, a magic trickster, and even the King of Autumn. Lets just hope Asters involvement doesnt have any lasting effects.
Asters naivety gets her into a few mishaps through the two magical adventures she has,
Kayla Blevins
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute. It read like Gravity Falls - but sweeter. There was less terrifying imagery than Gravity Falls. However, it was the same magical atmosphere, similar humor, and all around a great book for young fans of the show.
Kelsey Riggs
This is so cute and funny. This is definately for younger readers but older teens and adults can enjoy the awkward 'are-you-serious?' humor in it as well. Recommended for those who like adventure and magic. I was thinking adventure time but younger
J Carney
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this with my four year old, and I think it was one of the first books we both couldnt wait to pick up every night. Its modern and simple, but the setting, world of magic, and illustration style are full of fun and character. ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Aster and her family move from the city to the mountains-where nothing ever happens. But there is magic afoot and Aster soon finds herself embroiled in it. Perfect for fans of Hilda.
Mar 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Mostly adding because I wanna learn French.
Katie Lawrence
This was super cute and fun! I liked the seasonal magic, the cute wooly dogs and the folklore inspired stories. The art style is great too. Very quirky and fun!
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, comics
A really fun adventure comic. I loved the art and the color palette. Great for fans of Hilda.
Reminiscent of the Hilda series.
There are actually two sections in this book, and the first was.... okay, but not enough to keep me going. Just not my thing.
Jaclyn Hillis
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comix
A fun adventure!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the publisher. I am intrigued by the storyline but it somehow feels underdeveloped? I dont know. I enjoyed it but something was missing. ...more
This was a reasonably pleasant graphic novel for the young reader. Our heroine is forced to live in the countryside while everyone cowers under threat of the migration of millions of metallic birds, or something and only the girl's mother can sort the issue. She finds a dog being bred for its wool, and a well, a robotic genie thing, that initially muddles everything up no end but clearly provides a peculiar background for this juvenile fantasy. It's not great, and a lot the art in the action ...more
Parker Jensen
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this so much...I need more.
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