Best of 2019 — AV Club, New York Public Library, Nerdist, SYFY Wire, Chicago Public Library
"Harry Potter meets Kiki's Delivery Service!" -AV Club
A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. Reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, this lushly-drawn story has captured the hearts of fantasy fans worldwide.
In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch...until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she's never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody "knows" might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem...
About the Author
Kamome Shirahama is best known in the United States for her comics cover art at DC and Marvel, including such titles as Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. Witch Hat Atelier is her first manga to be released in English.
“Harry Potter meets Kiki’s Delivery Service… [A] radiant, exuberant fantasy manga… the real magic tome is the one the reader is holding.” -AV Club
“Stunning… [Witch Hat Atelier] really is some sort of landmark for writing middle-grade fantasy.” -Alex De Campi (Twisted Romance, No Mercy)
“In a world that can often be filled with darkness, Witch Hat Atelier presents a brilliant and bright fable… 2019 has been a banner year for gorgeous English-language manga translations and Witch Hat Atelier sits atop that list.” -Nerdist
"A great pick for Harry Potter fans, manga readers who like really good art, or just about anybody, really." -Brigid Alverson, B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog