- Author Bio
Welcome to Plum Woods, where spells come alive and witches gather for the Annual Harvest Festival to celebrate the season! Perfect for fans of Aster and the Accidental Magic and Hilda who aren’t quite ready for Pumpkinheads.
“Readers will also be begging to know when the next Alcatoe story will be told—hopefully very soon, because this witch is a short-tempered delight.”
“…A a slice of fresh, folklorish fun. Those familiar with the Flying Eye catalog, best known for the troll-focused “Hilda” series, will recognize a kindred universe in Lenkiewicz’s witchy world…"
—School Library Journal
“Lenkiewicz’ cartoon artwork in autumnal tones sets just the right witchy atmosphere, and the bobbleheaded turnip child and exaggerated figure designs are particularly charming. The cantankerous narration from Alcatoe is a nice touch, especially when, despite herself, she finds some warmth and kindness in Plum Woods.” —Booklist
Alcatoe the town witch and the local children of Plum Woods are up to some witchy business…like casting spells and growing a prize-winning turnip. But after their grouchy neighbor Mr. Pokeweed chases them out of his garden, the kids decide to take action and ask Alacatoe for help to win the Annual Harvest Festival Vegetable Pageant. From cursed fruit salad to potions filled with the sneeze of a donkey and the tail hair of a copy cat, Alcatoe knows all the right ingredients to make the magic happen. But when their prize-winning vegetable comes alive, their home-grown food soon becomes a friend, in danger of being prepared for the feast. Will they save Turnip Child in time?
The kids halloween book you’ve been looking for, with zany and loveable characters.
FOR FANS OF SPELL-BINDING FANTASY LIKE ASTER, PILU OF THE WOODS & HILDA: Hilda fans will cozy up to this illustrated young fiction full of witches, spells, and curious characters
FOR FANS AGING OUT OF JOE TODD-STANTON’S BROWNSTONE SERIES: Reluctant readers who have aged out of The Brownstone Mythical Collection series will fit right in with this similarly formatted illustrated young fiction
BIPOC READERS WILL RESONATE: Featuring diverse protagonists, the group of friends at the center of the story will attract diverse readers
HARVEST & HALLOWEEN THEMES ALIGN WITH THE OSD: Seasonal themes align with the launch, perfect for the season of spells, spooky things, and creepy creatures
ANIMATED ILLUSTRATION BRING EXCITEMENT TO THE PAGE: A surplus of detail and movement on the page engages young readers seamlessly
MESSAGE OF INCLUSIVITY AND TEAMWORK: A touching story of a group of kids befriending a witch shunned by the community at large
Isaac Lenkiewicz is an illustrator and comic artist currently living in the South West of England. He spends most of his time drawing things. A lot of giants, moon men and creatures that lived hundreds of millions of years ago pop up in his work.
Author Residence: South West England
Marketing: • Promotion via www.nobrow.net
• Social media marketing campaign
• Advance ARC giveaway
• Advance review copies available to independent booksellers, educators and librarians.
• Extensive ARC distribution via Edelweiss and Netgalley
• Featured promotion at BEA, ALA Annual, ALA MW, TLA, Winter Institute, and Children’s Institute.
• Featured promotion at comics festivals throughout North America (TCAF, NYCC, SPX, CAB, MICE, CAKE, MOCCA)
• Social media partnerships with like-minded brands.
• National print and online advertising campaign
• International email newsletter campaign
Publicity: • Advance review copy mailing to national press and media.
• Advance review copy mailing to trade and institutional media.
• Advance review copy mailing to online influencers.
Feature Website: https://linktr.ee/isaaclenkiewicz
Author Website: https://linktr.ee/isaaclenkiewicz
Author Social Media: @isaaclenkiewicz on Instagram and Twitter
Included in the CBC’s October 2022 Hot Off the Press reading list
“Lenkiewicz’ cartoon artwork in autumnal tones sets just the right witchy atmosphere, and the bobbleheaded turnip child and exaggerated figure designs are particularly charming. The cantankerous narration from Alcatoe is a nice touch, especially when, despite herself, she finds some warmth and kindness in Plum Woods.”
“…A a slice of fresh, folklorish fun. Those familiar with the Flying Eye catalog, best known for the troll-focused “Hilda” series, will recognize a kindred universe in Lenkiewicz’s witchy world…“
—School Library Journal
”A story that trundles merrily along, eschewing scariness in favor of action, humor, and irascible revenge.“
”Readers will also be begging to know when the next Alcatoe story will be told—hopefully very soon, because this witch is a short-tempered delight.“
”Presented like an illustrated book but has the storytelling sensibilities of a graphic novel…There are several instances of droll or pun-laden humor with a high, hit joke ratio of about one per page.“
”Freaky and fun, witty and wild – a great graphic novel for younger readers."
—The Great British Bookworm