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    The Ugly Duckling: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin (Quality Paper)) (Paperback) By (author) Hans Christian Andersen, Retold by Martin Powell

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    DescriptionGiving timeless tales a modern edge, each title in this boldy illustrated series retells the world's greatest fairytales in graphic novel format, attracting even the most reluctant readers.

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    The Ugly Duckling: The Graphic Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hans Christian Andersen, Retold by Martin Powell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 40
    Width: 173 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 113 g
    ISBN 13: 9781434217424
    ISBN 10: 1434217426

    BIC E4L: GRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.3
    BIC E4L: F5+
    BIC subject category V2: YFJ
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AF
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Book Type: JF
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: YFW
    B&T General Subject: 216
    DC22: 741.5
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET190
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SCANDN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039050, JUV012040
    DC22: 741.5/973
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV008000
    Ingram Subject Code: CG
    Libri: I-CG
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/HILO
    LC classification: PZ7.7.P69 UG 2010
    Thema V1.0: XAKC
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    full colour graphic novel format illustrations
    Capstone Press
    Imprint name
    Stone Arch Books
    Publication date
    01 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    A gentler, milder version of Andersen's classic tale of the misunderstood cygnet, inexplicably despised for his comparatively large size and definite lack of yellow but not for any real ugliness. Vainio reveals through delicate watercolors the whitish-gray fluff of a charming, tender baby desperately alone in a soft, beautiful world. Though the illustrations are lovely, they lack power. In every situation where the innocent swan is abused and finds no respite from hatred, the art handles this horror too gently. His reactions to rejection and verbal abuse are revealed in the illustrations, with a slight incline of his head showing his dejection. He is also unnaturally slow in growing, remaining a fuzzy baby over the course of months and then suddenly growing to adulthood in a page turn - a problem inherent in most illustrated versions of the tale. The unnamed translator has edited out the most violent verbal and physical abuse found in the original, making a place for it in collections for younger picture-book readers yet losing the story's raw spark. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6) (Kirkus Reviews)