Monday, February 25, 2019

Winter Reading 2019 Hex Vet: Witches in Training


Clarion and Nan are training to be veterinarians under the supervision of Dr. Talon and Nurse Chantsworth. After all, magical pets need care, too. But when the experienced practitioners rush off to help a manticore deliver triplets, the young witches are left on their own at the clinic. There's a bugbear in the basement, the weather outside is awful, and the town busybodies are giving Nan a hard time over her family's reputation. And then the real trouble begins... What can a couple of apprentices do when all the creatures escape their cages and turn vicious? Teamwork is a good start.

The color palette on the cover is used throughout the book, giving it a fantasy feel that matches the events and characters. The action is resolved enough to satisfy readers at the end of the book, but also leaves plenty of possibilities for the future. There is also a brief section on "How to Make a Comic Page" with illustrations from the story as examples. The creator, Sam Davies, is well-known for her online comics at Stutterhug. And for those who enjoyed Witches in Training, a second book, The Flying Surgery, is due out in December. 

This title was on the recent Scholastic Book Fair, recommended for ages 8 - 12. I read a copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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