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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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 wonder.....do 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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My wife (then girlfriend) had recommended me this book, and I loved the original (non-graphic) version of it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Chetan
Daughter loved the fact that it was a graphic novel, I loved she was reading a classic. NPublished 13 days ago by Amanda Hill
Madeliene L'Engle's "Wrinkle in Time" was one of the few young adult books that I actually read when I was a young adult. Read morePublished 21 days ago by M. E. (Murphy) Waggoner
I downloaded this item to my Kindle Paperwhite as well as to my Kindle Fire. It didn't work on any of them!Published 2 months ago by DanSim
The art was unique and I liked it but the story itself was crazy. I liked it, but it kind of felt a bit forced in some places. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberly