A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic NovelHardback
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
- Format: Hardback | 392 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 216mm x 33mm | 635g
- Publication date: 12 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0374386153
- ISBN 13: 9780374386153
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 31,064
The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic "A Wrinkle in Time." But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.
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Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the author of many acclaimed books for children.madeleinelengle.comHope Larson is the author of "Salamander Dream," " Gray Horses," " Chiggers," and "Mercury." She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California. hopelarson.com.
By Jessica 06 Nov 2012
I'm coming into this review as a blank slate. I don't know anything about 'A Wrinkle in Time' novel. I haven't read the novel and I'm not sure I've heard of it. Zero emotional attachment. I wasn't even sure what to expect. Given all that, I didn't really enjoy the book.
The book starts off as any typical coming of age story. A misunderstood teen with more to offer then any of her peers realize. Then things start going off the tracks and this story becomes an interstellar adventure to save the world, maybe the entire universe. Nothing wrong with that, but the characters failed to connect with me.
The story is full of characters with all kinds of cute names and personalities that I am sure are meant to register. I got the feeling the novel gave more breath to the characters then the graphic adaption was able to muster. They seemed like the type of characters that could fill a kid's dreams, but the graphic novel couldn't deliver that wonder.
It didn't help that the main character came off a bit annoying. Especially towards the end. She kept complaining about the same thing over and over.
The art does its job well. The characters are easily recognizable and emotions are clear. There are some times when the figures become a little stiff or feel a little rushed. There are several artistic story telling devices that are used to portray space or emptiness. This is kind of cool, but I feel it's used a bit excessively. There are pages of 'nothing'.
The book was a herculean effort and I think fans of the original novel will appreciate this adaptation. However for me, the magic was not included.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.
"Know somebody who hasn't met Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who or Mrs Which? Larson's colorful panels bring Madeline L'Engle's brilliant time-travel favorite to life in an exciting new way. This is page-turning eye candy of the highest order." --James Patterson"This adaptation is fabulous for presenting a fresh vision to those familiar with the original, but it's so true to the story's soul that even those who've never read it will come away with a genuine understanding of L'Engle's ideas and heart." - "Booklist," starred review"The memorable story of Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O'Keefe's adventure across space and time is conveyed with all the intellectual and emotional impact of the original novel." -- "BCCB""""Larson has remained true to the story, preserving the original chapter format and retaining L'Engle's voice. Black-and-white artwork is accented with blue, echoing the original cover color." - "School Library Journal"