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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel Paperback – October 24, 2017
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The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won't want to leave. (Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Marvels”)
The illustrations are incredible. Like Anne, I wanted to stay in Green Gables right away, and I loved it even more as the seasons changed and the years passed. And Anne is such a captivating character—uncertain but determined, vulnerable but strong, unique but universal. I finished reading this book and then immediately read it again. (Dana Simpson, cartoonist, “Phoebe & Her Unicorn,” “Ozy & Millie”)
From the first panel, I was enchanted. . . . Thummler's illustrations are beautiful, inviting, and lovely . . . I read it in one sitting, and it stayed with me long after. This was a delight! (Georgia Dunn, cartoonist, “Breaking Cat News”)
An orphan with “hair as red as carrots” and the mischief she creates come to vivid life in this graphic novel version of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel, a debut for both author and artist. Thummler’s crisp illustrations warmly capture pug-nosed Anne’s indomitable spirit as she navigates her new life with sibling caretakers Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Marsden distills the high notes from Montgomery’s original—the raspberry cordial incident, Anne’s redemption, and the dress with the pretty puffed sleeves among them—while Thummler’s bright palette showcases the natural beauty in Avonlea that so captivates Anne. Darker shades and stark blocking imbue somber moments with deep emotion: Matthew’s loneliness is viscerally apparent in an early scene in which he contemplates returning Anne to the orphanage, his figure hunched and still on the lower quarter of the page while vast darkness stretches above him. But the story is carried by Anne’s pure, unabashed joy and eagerness. Newcomers to Anne’s world and devoted fans alike should devour this spirited adaptation. Ages 7–12. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly, Publishers Weekly)
“L. M. Montgomery’s classic tale is delicately and lovingly transformed into a graphic novel…Though the original tale is abridged and adapted, Marsden is careful not to rush the plot…[Thummler’s] soft, pastel palette is a perfect complement to the historical setting, and her softly glowing art is the heart of this fitting tribute to a beloved work.” (Snow Wildsmith, Booklist)
“A gem of a graphic novel adaptation that should be shelved right alongside the original…A must-purchase.” (School Library Journal)
"A classic presented in a new format that's perfectly suited for one of the most imaginative girls in children's literature."
(Stephanie Anderson, Shelf Awareness)
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Marsden did a fabulous job of pulling out the highlights of the book and reworking them into a graphic novel format while retaining some of the beautiful and lyrical language of L.M. Montgomery. It is Anne, and Marilla, and Matthew, and Diana, and Gil, and Josie, and Rachel Lynde that you find in the pages of the original novel. I know these characters and I know this story - that background definitely added to my enjoyment of the book. It's hard to say for sure how someone who hasn't read the novel would experience this, but I imagine that they would find a kindred spirit in Anne and want to read the series.
The only reason I didn't give that fifth star was the artwork. I think Thummler did a great job based on my limited exposure to this genre; it is certainly in keeping with the style of other graphic novels I've read. While the background or landscape scenes were lovely, I wished the scenes with the characters would have showcased more of the softness and elegance that I associate with Avonlea, PEI and the time period in general. The novel has a very idyllic feel to me and I didn't feel like all of the artwork captured that.* That is just my personal preference and I still enjoyed this very much!
*Not related to this review, but the blurb mentions that Thummler is working on her own graphic novel, which I would pick and read.
"She's bewitched you! What good could she do us?"
"Well, now... We could do some good for her."
Anne (emphasis on the "e") Shirley transforms Avonlea and the people she meets with her vibrant personality, an imagination that knows no bounds, hot temper, golden heart and even her frequent habit of accidentally getting into trouble. She wins the hearts of Diana (her bosom friend), Gilbert (whom she swears she dislikes), Mrs. Lynde (their judgmental neighbor), and everyone else she encounters. We get to watch Anne grow from being a peculiar 11 year old orphan to an accomplished young woman loved by all.
Anne of Green Gables: A graphic novel is a retelling of the classic coming of age story about an orphan girl who's imagination and love for life will inspire you. She sends a great message by not only showing that being different can be a wonderful thing, but also to learn from your mistakes and to see the beauty in everything life has to give you. I'll admit, I've never read the original story, but when I saw this book on Netgalley I decided I had to give it a read. Brenna Thummler's art work grabbed my attention immediately; her illustrations are indeed whimsical and I felt they fit this story perfectly. However, Mariah Marsden's rendition of this classic story has convinced me to purchase the original and dive deeper into the tale of Anne Shirley and her life changing misadventures.
This graphic novel is great for fans of Anne of Green Gables, but also perfect for people like me who have never read the original story but want to see what its about. I would especially recommend this retelling to children and teens who may want to explore classic literature. Mariah Marsden's writing is easy to follow and understand but will also keep the reader interested, and Brenna Thurmmler's fanciful art is a bonus. Despite how quickly I read through this and how short this novel is, I'm sure this story will stay with me.
**** I received an eBook copy of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ****
I have very high standards for my Anne of Green Gables adaptations. Anne Shirley was my absolute favorite character for several years of my childhood. Most play with friends and sisters revolved around her. I devoured her entire series of books before I finished elementary and went back to visit my favorites again. And I watched the first two PBS movies over, and over, and over. I haven't re-visited the books or movies for several years now but reading this brought back all the nostalgia. I was just going to look at the opening page before bed the other night, and next thing I knew I had finished the entire book. I love the green-saturated illustrations that bring across the beauty of PEI and create a green for Green Gables theme. Marsden includes all the most important Anne moments of the first book, and she's captured the heart of Montgomery's Anne Shirley oh so well. Now because this is a graphic novel and she did have to parse down the story to make it so that the illustrator didn't have a nervous breakdown, most of the secondary characters do get the back seat and some get cut all together (Miss Stacy gets just a teensy tiny bit of page time as does Aunt Jo; Ruby is never mentioned by name, and Jane only gets a line after Anne is at college...the focus really is on Anne and those around her during key moments.) Don't worry, Marilla, Matthew, Diana, and Gilbert get their key moments. I hope Marsden at least does the next few books in the series. Loved it!
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I want to start off by thanking Andrews McMeel Publishing and Mariah Marsden on NetGalley for supplying me with an ebook copy of this book in exchange...Read more