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Handbook for Hot Witches: Dame Darcy's Illustrated Guide to Magic, Love, and Creativity Hardcover – August 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093797
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up-This "illustrated guide to magic, love, and creativity" harkens back to the New Age bookstore shelves. Part graphic novel, part New Age primer, with dashes of astrology and crafts and pinches of beauty hints, the book packs a lot into its 200 pages. Overflowing with Dame Darcy's signature black-and-white illustrations, it provides a quiz for readers to determine their hot-witch type and then details the modern-day "hot witches"-enchantress, Bard, mystic, seer, Pagan, etc. Odd comic retellings of fairy tales are interspersed throughout, adding to the cacophony. This book will not be without its niche of dedicated fans who may be tired of seeing witches morphed and mainstreamed into glamorous high schoolers helping vampiric friends, but the visually and verbally crammed text will likely have a small audience.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlantaα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Part graphic novel, part New Age primer, with dashes of astrology and crafts and pinches of beauty hints, the book packs a lot into its 200 pages.” —School Library Journal

What others have said about Dame Darcy:

“Darcy’s comics are aesthetic manifestos. . . . Darcy is a star.” —The New York Times

“I think she’s exquisite, let’s put it that way. I wish I knew her in high school.” —Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth

Praise for Meat Cake:

“[Darcy] has created a childlike, otherworldly realm, a land that hovers in the twilight space between the whimsical and the macabre. Ghosts and goblins, foul-tempered stepmothers, lovesick mermaids and charmed forest are all rendered in Darcy’s distinctive hand, loose and flowing lines reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey.” —The Los Angeles Times


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Comic_Book_Nerd on October 2, 2012
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This is Dame Darcy at her best! Plenty of artwork to satisfy her graphic fans, and the tales and advice are hilarious and thought provoking. One doesn't need to be a witch, or even to believe in magic, for this to be a book worth reading. There are recipes for candles, soap, and make up, horoscope information, and little bits of history as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on September 11, 2012
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Handbook for Hot Witches is a sweet, girly guide that teaches young girls how to be ecologically aware, confident and creative in an otherwise challenging and sometimes difficult world. I enjoyed this book not only for the playful and visionary artwork, but also because it expands the minds of young girls to believe that being feminist and ecologically-minded is fun and something to be celebrated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valentine on September 15, 2012
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Informative, fun, empowering and super creative...every girl should own a copy of this book. The artwork is the icing on the cake.
Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucrece Descombes on November 13, 2012
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This book covers the basics of many topics of interest to any Hot Witch or regular girl looking to be in touch with her femininity and in self-discovery. Nothing is written about in-depth but it certainly is a lovely introduction. The few paragraphs about love had told me more than entire articles and books have, very charmingly.I have a male friend from UK who has excited it dedicated some pages to the art of banjo playing, at which Ms. Dame Darcy is very good at. The drawings are as awesome as ever and the revisions of the traditional fairy tales were great. I like the attention to detail in depicting a diversity of girls and how they are all special in their own right. My little sister still has not returned it to me. It is definitely not a dull book, it starts with a fun test to determine what type of witch you are. As much as I would have liked to score Enchantress, my true nature was the nocturnal, story-telling, ever-creating Bard. Also a good introduction to Dame Darcy's art, her body of work is amazing. Buy it, you will be delighted that you did.
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