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*Starred Review* Commemorating its fiftieth anniversary, L’Engle’s classic couldn’t have scored a better talent to adapt its story into comics form. Larson produces high-quality coming-of-age stories featuring female protagonists, with the most recent (Mercury, 2010) even including a fantasy element to highlight the tale’s emotional stakes. She dives wholeheartedly into L’Engle’s seminal epic, chronicling the journey of Meg Murry, her preternaturally intelligent younger brother, Charles, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe, crossing distant worlds to save the Murry’s, lost patriarch. Guided by three grandmotherly guardian angels, they navigate the dangers of a mind-controlled world fallen under the influence of a cosmic force of pure evil. Larson has miraculously preserved the power of the original’s social and religious themes, as well as its compelling emotional core, while staying true to her distinctive voice and aesthetic. Her soft-lined, large-eyed characters are a modern exemplar of classical American cartooning, and the metallic blue coating of the pages evokes both the timelessness of the story and the remoteness of alien worlds. 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. Grades 6-12. --Jesse Karp


“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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374386153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374386153
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Joanna D. #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The illustrator/adaptor Hope Larson has done a very good job in converting the classic "A Wrinkle in Time" into a graphic novel format. To someone who grew up with "Archie" and "Superman" comic books, this looks like a very strange hybrid; a book I know practically by heart because I read it over and over as a grade school student blended with a traditional comic book, action shown in graphics, thoughts and words written out in balloons.

While this is a very excellent adaptation, I wonder how it fits into a young person's education, because all books, even reading for pleasure, are a part of education. I graphic novels keep you from making those amazing movies-in-your-mind that happen when you read a printed book, especially one without illustrations (Harry Potter, for example)? Or are graphic novels a helpful assist for those kids who can't or won't read for pleasure?

I think, for kids who don't read very well, this book could really whet the appetite for the print novel. This is still of my favorite books and I think, along with Charlotte's Web and other classics for children, should be read and read often. So if you have a student or child who hates to read, or has difficulty, this graphic novel, with all the exciting science fiction and interpersonal heartbreak of the teen years, could spark a love of books. So I think this is a great version of "A Wrinkle in Time". I'd hate to think that it would be the ONLY version someone would ever read because my version (in my head) is much richer, more colorful and far more SCARY than the graphic version. And I'd hate for anyone to miss the chance to read the written version and have their own opportunity to make their own "movie in your head." The ability to visualize from the written word is a skill that is essential. However, this is an excellent graphic rendition, and it was fun to read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. on October 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Wrinkle in Time has become a timeless tale, more relevant today than in any other decade, containing two prominent ingredients: a strong female lead, and a popularization of science. Hope Larson does an excellent job at adapting the story to the graphic novel format by capturing the essense of the story, and detailing the physical reactions of the characters in a way that progresses the tale.

The graphic novel format does present a few obstacles that take away from the story as a whole. As with any adaptation (e.g. graphic novel, television, movie) the visual representation of the story reduces the imaginative effort of the reader. If one has read the book before, the graphic novel might not meet expectations of visual elements, such as character looks. Also, the graphic novel is really a reduction of the story, missing some of the wonderful language that has made the original novel such a classic. Meanwhile, the lack of color (the graphic novel uses black, white and blue) takes some getting used to, as does Larson's cartoonish style. In fact, although Larson's artistic style is quite good, the slightly cartoonish nature of it removes any real sense of danger from the pages. Only the scene with the boy's bouncing ball presented any real dread.

Despite these limitations, Larson has constructed an adaptation worthy of the source material. Occasionally, the reduced nature of the novel makes Meg out to be a little too whiny and Charles Wallace out to be a little too much of a know-it-all, but overall the portrayal of each character is very true to the original novel. Larson's panels flow consistently and speed up the enjoyment of the book, while her characters are drawn with a charm that children and young adult readers will love.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. RAULERSON on October 4, 2012
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This is a really interesting graphic novel version of the the much loved story _A Wrinkle in Time_. For the most part, it follows the story fairly accurately.

The graphics are unique and interesting. I admit, I was a tad bit put off with the blue toned shading on the artwork, but it grows on you after a little while. In fact, the artwork alone is a good enough reason to purchase this version of the story, though a full color edition would have been much better. Perhaps we can hope for one in the future.

Okay, to the details. :) The graphic novel follows the prose novel pretty well. The author/artist does make some minor changes to the story. I found those changes quite interesting, as they gave me a bit of insight on how the author interprets this story. She makes a few different choices than I do.

One choice is how the characters are drawn, Meg is close to how I have always seen her in my minds eye, but Charles Wallace and Calvin are totally different than I ever envisioned. And that was pretty fun, because it was almost like these characters were new again.

Still interesting, though not so entertaining, were depictions of things the author and artist saw in the characters I have never seen before. Meg's anger came through in an almost disturbing manner throughout the book, disturbing because I had never seen that particular kind of anger in her character. It seemed like an unreasoned anger, not the despairing anger I expected. It was also resolved just a little too easily. There were similar things emphasized in the other characters too. None of which was wrong, all of which I think represented the way the author/artist saw the characters when she read the original story.
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