A Graphic Novel
Candlewick Press, 2016
From the dust jacket, “It is 1928, and the glitz and glam of show business in pre-Depression era New York City is in full swing. The lights are bright for the financiers and those who entertain them, and life seems good in the big city.
“But in one house, a little girl named Samantha is sent away by her cold, ruthless stepmother, and she does not return until it’s too late. The market has crashed, her father is gone, and her stepmother is more desperate for wealth and attention than ever.
“With a moody, dramatic feel reminiscent of film noir, acclaimed graphic novelist Matt Phelan has retold a well-known fairy tale in a wholly new way, showcasing the Depression era’s cultural dynamism and vivid personalities, both those who are pure of heart and those who are pure evil.”
We don’t normally read graphic novels – in fact the only time we do is for a challenge requirement and this time was no exception. We’re participating in the library’s Reading Marathon Challenge, which is to read 26 books in a year (we’re already on book 20 so 26 is nothing!). In addition to the Marathon Challenge we’re participating in the Extra Mile Challenge where you read specific book types; in this case the challenge was to “Read a Book with a Red Cover’ and ‘Read a Graphic Novel’.
Unfortunately, the glowing words of the publisher are lost on me. It is a lovely book filled with dramatic and moody illustrations. It is a completely new version of the familiar tale that is really cool. The stepmother is pure evil and Snow pure good. It has all the right things except words. The words are few and far between and then only as necessary. I know that’s the point of a graphic novel but it’s just not my ‘thing’. If you enjoy fairy stories, comic books, graphic novels and the like, then definitely read the book. If you don’t, then spend the 15 minutes it takes to read the book doing something else.
Rating 3 out of 5 paws only because graphic novels are uninteresting to me.