Author(s): An Leysen
Once upon a time, in a land far away from here, lived a girl named Olga. Olga lived with her father in a beautiful house, and they were very happy together. Until Olga's father one day fell in love again ... His new wife was cruel and mean. And her sister Baba Yaga, who lived in a dark forest, was even meaner. Baba Yaga was a real witch There was a rumor she was fond of children ... on her plate One day Olga's stepmother sent her to Baba Yaga. What was she supposed to do now?
Baba Yaga, the witch from Slavonic mythology is coming alive in this fairy tale. An Leysen takes you on a journey in an imaginative story about a wicked witch and a sweet and brave little girl.
"Leyson, whose previous retellings include The Nutcracker and Pinocchio's Dream, recounts the legend of the witch Baba Yaga through dramatic text and richly textured mixed-media illustrations...The larger-than-life artwork should make for shivery read-alouds on the way to the story's happy ending." - Publishers Weekly "The illustrations in this book are wonderful. They make the story seem magical and Olga is such a beautiful little girl. A great book when studying fairytales, especially if looking at ones from various cultures and lands. I would recommend this book to public, school and class libraries." -- Carla Johnson-Hicks, Primary school educator "...just scary enough without going too far for little ones. I highly recommend this book for a wonderful story time!" -- Jen Trower, Librarian, Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach "One of the wonderful things about fairytale retellings is the way they each feel unique. While Leysen sticks to a fairly traditional retelling, the illusrations are lovely and have a dreamy quality that keep the book from feeling as scary as it could be." -- Shawna Herron, Columbia City Community Library "The illustrations are are absolutely fabulous and the book is worth reading just for those alone." -- Jessica Gerdes, Yellowstone Library "Charming Illustrations and a story that's suitable for kids." -- Kelly Garbato, Vegan Daemon
An Leysen is an art teacher in secondary school. Her experience with children has inspired her to start writing and illustrating her own books.