KidLit Book Review: Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

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Synopsis

On the night that Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup’s family. Pale, cold, and relentless, the witches will do anything for the tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic and enforces her laws with terror and cruelty — and who happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When witches carry off her dad, Mup and her mam leave the mundane world to rescue him. But everything is odd in the strange, glittering Witches Borough, even Mam. Even Mup herself. In a world of rhyming crows, talking cats, and golden forests, it’s all Mup can do to keep her wits about her. And even if she can save her dad, Mup’s not sure if anything will ever be the same again.


Details
  • Title: Begone the Raggedy Witches
  • Series: The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book 1
  • Author: Celine Kiernan
  • Illustrator: Victoria Semykina
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763699969
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2018

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I <3 reader's letters

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Magic Animal Personas from Kingscourt

I haven’t had a chance yet to add all the names and details to these brilliant drawings, but I’ve left the marvelous artists waiting far too long for their work to see the light of day. I need to share them with you now. These are the animal personas of the pupils from St Joseph’s National School in Kingscourt.

As ever, I came away from my visit thrilled and inspired. Our young people are astounding, simply astounding. I have hope for the future and for our planet when I speak to them. The highlight of this event? The moment when the conversation about repressed magic turned into an earnest discussion of how the children would help combat repression – their answer? (I’m tearing up thinking of it) They would risk their lives to set up an underground newspaper so that everyone’s truth could be heard. The whole class chipped in, offering their own unique talents to help the resistance (‘I’ll fly the papers around, because I’ll have wings’, ‘I’ll protect everyone because I’d be big and strong’, and – to much hilarity – ‘I’ll turn into a pizza and feed everyone’)

We could all learn from these kids. All of us. When challenged to combat repression, their first thought was opening new and honest channels of communication with each other, and protecting each other while doing so.

Heroes.

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Lemoncello sing live at Raggedy Witches book launch

Thanks to everyone who turned up at the Begone the Raggedy Witches book launch last Thursday. Oh man, it was packed out, people came from London, Wexford, Cork, Belfast, Galway, Navan and Dublin. Folk brought cake (cake!) It was such a warm, happy, loving event. I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you, thank you for all your support.

I was thrilled to introduce everyone to the fantastic Lemoncello and to hear the full Raggedy Witches song performed live at the event. I think you’ll agree, this duo is amazing. ( Thanks to Conor Hackett for taking the above footage of their performance. I hope to make an animated video for the entire song later this year. And thanks too, to Toomey AudioVisual for handling the sound on the night)

It’s been a hectic and exciting week, and I’ve had a lot of fun. But I need to retreat for a little while now as I’ve a very tight deadline for the structural edits on Raggedy 2. I might be a wee bit quiet for a while. Until I return, enjoy this beautiful performance and (hopefully) enjoy Raggedy Witches too.

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Begone the Raggedy Witches Booktrailer

So glad to be able to share this with you at last!
The animated booktrailer for Begone the Raggedy Witches.
This features original music inspired by the book and written by LemonCello.
They’ll be playing the full song at the book launch this Thursday, Feb 15th, at 6.30 in Easons Ireland on O’Connell St Dublin. Hope to see you there!


(Video animated by me, using Victoria Semykina‘s glorious artwork from the cover of Walker Books UK edition)

You can buy Begone the Raggedy Witches at the following places:

Easons

Dubray

 

Book Depository

Foyles

Hive

Waterstones

WHSmith

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More Raggedy Witches Animation

 

Still messing about with gifs as I animate the book trailer for ‘Begone the Raggedy Witches‘. This is Mup and her dog, Badger, and her best friend Crow, walking through the witch-haunted woods of her grandmother’s kingdom.

I’ve animated sections of Victoria Semykina‘s beautiful cover artwork from the WalkerUK edition of the book.

Having lots of fun doing this (though I should really be working on my editorial notes for book two!)

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Raggedy Witch Animation

So while I’ve been working away on my agent’s notes for Book Two, I’ve also been fiddling with some animation for next year’s Raggedy Witches music video (I need to hand a timed reel over to the musician soon, so he can get on with writing the music)

Just realized I can do animated gifs from the main timeline!

It’s got to be a crime to be having this much fun.

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