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The Little Prince Graphic Novel Hardcover – October 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: The Little Prince
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547338023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547338026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up–This timeless story of a man who meets a mysterious boy in the middle of the desert is one that has been enjoyed by readers of all ages for more than 65 years. The man is young at heart, strongly influenced by the memories of his own childhood. He loves to draw although he isn't very good at it, and his art helps him form an emotional bond with the boy. The child appears to be young but has a very old soul. He loves to talk, think, and ask questions. He also has the strength to face a sacrifice that the man cannot. The original story was illustrated by Saint-Exupéry, which makes this modern transition into graphic-novel form especially seamless. Sfar is very respectful of the original writing and illustrations, but his simple yet nuanced artwork brings another layer of depth to the story, his use of shadows and close-ups reinforcing the mood of this piece. His adaptation is as classic as the original, and it will bring this quiet yet thought-provoking story to a new generation of readers. The format will be especially attractive to teens who might have missed this story when they were children, and to adults who are interested in revisiting their own childhood memories. Also available in French (ISBN 978-0-547-44330-0; $22.).–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Adapting a classic tale, especially one in which the original illustrations are such a key part of the story and its lasting appeal, might seem an iffy prospect, but it is hard to imagine a better candidate to pull it off than Sfar and his widely admired comics sensibility. On the surface, this is a straight graphic-novel retelling of the narrator pilot getting stranded in the desert, where he meets a curious little boy who claims to be from a wee planet very far away. Their conversations and interactions—delicately touching on the nature of love and friendship, deviously exploring the absurdity of grown-up pursuits and the fleeting qualities of beauty—capture the whimsy that makes the story’s gravity so strong, and the innocence that cuts the world-weary adultness to the bone. The ultimately tricky task is to honor the source but not sound like an adaptation (otherwise, why not just read the original?), and Sfar nails it on both counts. From the vain rose and towering baobabs on the boy’s planet to the pilot’s drawings of an elephant swallowed by a boa constrictor and a sheep in a box, everything is handled with both reverence and ingenuity. There is always the question of whether this story is best suited for children or adults, but legions of admirers prove that it sits in the rarified air of literature that works both ways. A worthy tribute that’s most worthy of its own share of applause. Grades 5-9. --Ian Chipman

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Customer Reviews

Book: "Eh." The book seems like its going out of it's way to be abstract.
Kashmir
Whereas I didn't enjoy reading the original story, I look forward to reading the graphic version again and again.
Deborah Sandford
The graphic novel is completely faithful to the original story, and it vividly and colorfully illustrates it.
Natasha Fondren

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Fondren on October 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Little Prince as a graphic novel is a great way to experience this story again. The graphic novel is completely faithful to the original story, and it vividly and colorfully illustrates it. I did miss the scarce and simplistic whimsy of the original illustrations, but once I got accustomed to the new style, I preferred reading this story as a graphic novel. Joann Sfar has honored the original spirit with her new illustrations.

I hope this new rendition brings many new readers to this wonderful classic! This little story has stayed with me all my life. It sweetly reminds us that what's important is invisible, and that when we are "tamed" into friendship, tears may happen, but what's special about each other will give us joy forever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2010
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'Le Petit Prince' was written in 1943 and has become a staple in the libraries of children (and adults who has preserved their child-like reverence for the philosophy that The Little Prince expounds) throughout the world: latest statistics show that the book has been translated into 190 languages and has sold in excess of 80 million copies! This last figure is sure to change with the introduction of this new version - the same story but made in to the graphic novel format by Johann Sfar, an illustrator par excellence.

There will doubtless be purists who prefer the original (very exquisite) illustrations for the book and feel that the presentation of the story in graphic novel format (read `comic book format') diminishes the concept of Saint-Exupéry. But the joy here is that the illustrations are so excellent and so very much in keeping with the original story, that given the chance the book will take hold of any reader and become user friendly.

The story is so well known that it needn't be reiterated here: suffice it to summarize as `an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life'. It is a fable so fine that it has been transformed into a film by Stanley Donen, stage play by several writers including Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, an opera by Rachel Portman, and now another art form - the graphic novel. For this reader it is successful on every level, and if anything this new edition will introduce this charming fable to millions more readers, young in years or in spirit. Grady Harp, November 10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was never a fan of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince, probably because I read it as a child, but it is really a book for adults. The philosophical meanderings just struck me as dumb and the character of the little prince as overly precious.

Now I have corrected my fault by growing up, and Joann Sfar has corrected Saint-Exupery's by turning the book into a graphic novel, which actually is the perfect medium for this story. The key to the transformation is that he brings the narrator, Saint-Exupery himself, into the story as a visual presence. This makes the relationship between him and the little prince more concrete and believable than the arms-length relationship in the novel. The reader now sees it rather than experiencing it secondhand.

Sfar hasn't added to the text of the story, but he takes some little liberties with it. In the opening sequence, we find Saint-Exupery musing about grownups and boa constrictors while trying to repair his downed airplane (in real life, he based the story on his experiences while stranded in the Sahara desert after his plane crashed there). The aviator really comes to life in these scenes, hammering away at his plane and then getting bored and trying to balance his tools on his nose, only to have them come crashing down, as he thinks about how boring grownups are. Sfar has kept Saint-Exupery's text but accompanied it with a classic comic-book sequence.

The most jarring thing about this book, and it may be a turn-off for some readers, is the appearance of the little prince himself. Sfar has abandoned Saint-Exupery's delicate, curly haired prince and replaced him with a rougher, more animated, and yet still ethereal little boy. He's not as pretty as the original, but he is less distant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
oann Sfar (creator of Vampire Loves & The Little Vampire, among others) has given The Little Prince the graphic novel treatment, the first (as far as I know) for this timeless story. Undoubtedly this will be met with mixed initial reactions. Fans of Sfar will love seeing him apply his hand to this story while some others might raise an eyebrow at the idea of this being done.

The story is unchanged from the original book. The tale follows a young boy (the titular Little Prince) as he travels from his home & beloved flower in search of other planets. He finds very little that interests him & it is only when he arrives on Earth that he discovers beings that he can truly interact with.

There's quite a bit to like about this retelling. I'm a fan of Sfar's style, which is instantly recognizable in this book. For the most part his art style works to give the story a dreamy quality, although occasionally it does tend to be a little on the creepy side.

Overall though the book is an enjoyable read & apart from one or two panels, Sfar's artwork really does fit the story well. The style is dreamlike & really does carry the emotions of the story quite well, from the initial introduction of the Prince & the Pilot to the "choose what you want to believe" ending.

This might not be for all readers or age groups, but if you're a fan of Sfar or of the original book you'll definitely want to check this out.

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