- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 9
- 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: 185 customer reviews
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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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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Unlike some graphic novel adaptations, Larson had to abridge this story to some extent. The other issue I had with this book was that the characters did not appear as I had envisioned them. But the former was a necessity and the latter was a matter of personal interpretation, and neither detracted from the quality of this book.
The adaptation follows the story of Meg and company closely. Larson chose a difficult book to illustrate. Characters such as Aunt Beast and IT might be better left to the imagination. While the art is good, I would have liked it to have used as much color as the cover.
My original intention was to reread L'Engle's version before I read this adaptation, but graphic novels draw me into them and don't let go until I have made it to the last page. It has been at least 10 years since I last read "Wrinkle," and it may be best that I didn't read it right before this book; I didn't make direct comparisons of descriptions and dialog, and that probably made this graphic novel more enjoyable.
Looking at Hope Larson's work, I see that she collaborates on original stories and has others illustrate them. Even though I don't see myself reading Larson again, I would recommend her work to children or young adults. Like "Wrinkle" her other works seem to include the important questions that good juvenile and young adult literature should ask.
A note about reading this on Kindle: This is the third graphic novel I have read in an electronic format. One book was a Kindle enhanced version of "Trillium," which had an option that allowed for swiping from frame to frame instead of page to page. There was not enough opportunity to zooming in on the frames to make the reading easier. In addition, the material was presented one page at a time instead of in a full-spread format to see opposing pages at one time. This prohibiting seeing splash art as it was created by the artists.
There was an improvement in "Will 'o the Wisp," published in Adobe Digital Editions format. There was an opportunity to zoom in as much as desired, but I found bouncing back and forth between full-page mode to see the art and zoom mode to be able to read the words was somewhat cumbersome.
However, I would have loved to have had either zoom option with "Wrinkle." This Kindle book version did not let me zoom in on any of the individual frames, and so I actually had difficulty reading the text at all. If I hadn't already had much of the story and dialog memorized from frequent reading of the L'Engle's book, I would not have been able to read it, and would have asked for my money back.
I will hesitate reading other comic books and graphic novels in electronic format in the future, unless I know that I will have the ability to read the text in addition to seeing the art in double-page format as intended by the authors and artists.
I don't think I need to explain the story, but it is one of the best gifts a clever, perhaps slightly strange kid can receive. The book stresses the importance of valuing yourself, both your faults and your strengths. It reminds us that the ways we differ are just as important as the ways we are the same. Perhaps most important for me, it tells us that home is what (and who) we make it. It's just a gorgeous story, and one that other, far more concise folk have summed up.
This adaptation, by the wonderful Hope Larson, is simply fantastic. Much of the language is very much the same as in the original L'Engle, so it has very much the same feel. I'm re-reading the original now, and the first few chapters are more or less the same in tone and feel.
With regards to the art, I am totally charmed! I love how Larson indicates color and movement. A personal favorite is when Meg mentions Calvin's eyes being blue. The whole book is blue, but when I looked at Calvin in that panel, they looked brighter. It was beautiful. Overall, I feel the art was exceptionally faithful to how I imagined the beautiful and fearsome aspects of the book. Like others, I found IT to be particularly enjoyable. I also want to stress how much I loved Mrs. Who in this version. She never resonated with me the way Whatsit did as a child, but as an adult, I've found Who to be more my speed. After all, communicating with the words of others -- It truly is easier sometimes, is it not?
Perhaps I would not love this version as much were I not a lifelong fan of the book. I can certainly understand that, and I do suggest reading the novel itself first if you have not before and are an adult. For children though, this is a lovely introduction to a lovely author.
While it is missing the rich detail of the novel, this provides a good introduction for new readers of the book and a nice refresher for those of us very familiar with the original.
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