Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel - Hope Larson


A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012. 392 pages.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Newbery winner A Wrinkle in Time, Hope Larson created this brilliant graphic novel version of the story. I like Madeleine L'Engle's original book and I enjoyed what this version has to offer. Larson's illustrations are beautiful interpretations of the original. Because of the nature of graphic novels, we don't get into Meg's head as much and the story progresses quicker. While this version doesn't have the same literary quality, it offers a high quality visual experience.

There are mixed feelings about making a classic into a graphic novel. For kids who enjoy science fiction, I would give them the original book first and then let them read this one after (just like reading the book before seeing the movie). For kids who wouldn't be willing to give the original a chance but love graphic novels, I would give them this version to try out.

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