A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel,
adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2012.


It took nearly three years, but I finally got around to this! The graphic novel adaptation of my most favorite book in the universe, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.



The graphic novel was adapted and illustrated by comic artist Hope Larson. I'm becoming more comfortable with the format. In the past, comic books and graphic novels were a bit too busy for me. As they've grown in popularity, however, I'm making much more of an effort to read some.

And how does the graphic novel adaptation of this Newbery classic fare?


I have read this book many times, and listened to L'Engle's own audiobook version. Once upon a time, I attempted to watch the complete wreck of a TV movie ABC aired a decade ago, but eek.

The problem with movies of beloved books, of course, is they are often so different from what you picture in your head. That may be one reason I put off reading this book.

I didn't mind the illustrations, however. Larson's illustrations are cartoonish enough that they didn't interfere with the mental images I've developed of characters and places over time. The lack of color helps, too.


She streamlines the story well, using illustrated panels to move the story along, just as a good comic artist should. I know I'm very familiar with the source material, and I do hope a young reader would not read this in place of the original book, but if this would serve as someone's introduction to A Wrinkle in Time, it shouldn't be confusing at all. The whole story is there.



I adore Mrs. Whatsit and her sprained dignity.





Tessering.


Visiting the Happy Medium.


Arriving on Camazotz, where everyone is "exactly alike," although as Meg points out, "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"




My beloved Aunt Beast! (Ever notice my Pinterest URL?) Larson's illustrations match L'Engles's descriptions. I never really tried to picture Aunt Beast and his/her fellow creatures. I'm satisfied with this.



I was not disappointed by this book at all. I would say it exceeded my expectations. I think I'll check out the graphic novel shelves at the library regularly from now on.

Note; Little Sis Tuesday will either happen later today, or get pushed back to tomorrow. She's a very busy girl, having a busy time with friends right now. 


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Comments

  1. We are SO close to finish reading this title...I have some children that probably would LOVE this. Thanks for the heads up! :)

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  2. Awesomeness!! I've never seen this - can't wait to get it. :)

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    1. Yay! It really is very good. It honors the original well.

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  3. Wonderful! I had no idea! i need to read the book again, and then get to this. I love the book, but I 've forgotten some parts.

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    1. It's pretty complicated! The graphic novel really is great.

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