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The Little Prince Graphic Novel Hardcover – October 18, 2010
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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.
(ARC provided by NetGalley)
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My 9 yr old loves graphic novels! We just saw the movie and so I got this book for her. She couldn't put it down :) And quotes it still! Great book.Published 28 days ago by Aspcia
Who purchase this book knows that it's a re-interpratation of another artist.
So the people who says "it cuts off the imagination behind the original" are people who... Read more
If you are a Little Prince and Saint Exupery fan, is a good buy to enlargen your collection. Specially for children between 8 and 12.Published 18 months ago by Hernan
For new fans (especially children) and old fans, this is a great read. The art in this graphic novel based on the classic The Little Prince, which was originally published in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ruckasaurus Rex
The book wasn't completely accurate with the original French novel, but that didn't stop me from loving it. The graphic novel has good artwork and a great story.Published 23 months ago by movie view
Seller: Great. Fast shipping. Packaged well. In excellent condition. Truly.
Book: "Eh." The book seems like its going out of it's way to be abstract. Read more
This edition is wonderful, the graphics explain the story so well.
I purchased the book for my 8 year old grandson. Read more
The young boy that received it as a gift loved it! It was my favorite book as a child and I really wanted him to read it, the graphic novel is a very good way to introduce them to... Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Yermalita