Nicola is a human girl and a struggling witch, saved by the demon Simon, who now finds herself traveling incognito in the Demon World, where humans aren't allowed. The two of them make a bit of an odd couple as they travel around. Simon peddles trinkets and some possibly fraudulent pieces in his attempt to make a living in what can sometimes be a hostile world. He tells Nicola about the stereotypes in the demon world and she successfully finds beings who buck his stereotype, which encourages Simon to be less judgmental. While searching for rare mushrooms, Nicola finds a little clough demon and tries to keep him as a pet, but the call to rejoin his kind is stronger than their little bond. In a Demon Hotel, seeing ghosts is thought of as good luck, but that doesn't mean Nicola isn't scared of them.
This is an absolutely adorable story, and would be great for elementary audiences. Nicola is exploring her world and trying to figure things out, similar to what elementary-age people do all the time. They constantly question, like Nicola does, and sometimes challenge the stereotypes of the world in an innocent way only kids know how to do. Nicola is persistent but not overly annoying, as sometimes can happen in stories portraying young characters. The demon world is also very fascinating, and I'm here for Nicola learning more magic from the various demons she meets. I also appreciate that this is suitable for young readers and isn't a video game adaptation or a story about animals.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 3-8
Publisher: Seven Seas
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
ISBN: 9781642753370 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Manga, Slice Of Life, Friendship, Magic, Yen Press
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