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|Wrinkle in time : the graphic novel|
Author: Larson, Hope
Adventures in space & time of Meg & friends while searching for Meg's father, who disappears while doing secret work for the government.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 152742
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/12)
School Library Journal (11/01/12)
Booklist (+) (10/15/12)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (11/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 11/01/2012 Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award-winning classic survives the adaptation process with all its most important elements intact in this remarkably faithful graphic novel. Rendered in colored panels of simple blue, white, and black, 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. As the three young people meet an eclectic cast of characters, travel to the evil planet Camazotz, and battle the Black Thing to save Mr. Murry from the clutches of IT, the content of the panels connects directly to descriptions found in L’Engle’s text. Larson effectively differentiates between story action and flashbacks, and her focus on character’s faces expresses the value of personal thought and feeling to the overall story while maintaining plot movement. Meg’s thoughts and musings, which carry the emotional core of the story, are presented alongside dialogue that is pulled verbatim or with minimal trimming from the novel. While the palette places limitations on the interpretation of the otherwise colorful characters (for instance, the man with red eyes does not have red eyes). This works well as an introduction to L’Engle’s fantastical quintet for a new crop of readers interested in the following the adventures of the Murry clan on their first imaginative journey through the space-time continuum. AM - Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 10/15/2012 *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. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2012 Gr 5 Up—Generations of readers have treasured this science-fiction classic, so comparisons with the original are inevitable. 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. Blue shading distinguishes flashbacks. Images of Meg's bruised, expressive face and slouched body shift the focus of the story slightly, making this truly her story, told from her perspective. She is initially portrayed as an "ugly duckling," and her angst and tender feelings are palpable. Larson does an excellent job of building tension. Look for the arrival of Mrs Which, the meeting with IT, and the awe-inspiring approach to Uriel. Imagery of transitions is especially effective. Mrs Whatis's metamorphosis and the dawning of morning after darkness are memorable. Striking black backgrounds with fragmented blue and white outlines perfectly capture tessering sequences. Charles Wallace's demeanor and personality variations are worth noting. Larson's crowning achievement, though, is the noticeable change in Meg's appearance after her encounter with Aunt Beast. Her face and posture portray her maturation and her willingness to not "be afraid to be afraid." However, the expansiveness of travel through time and space seems at odds with the book's trim size. Pages feel somewhat crowded, due to the numerous small panels and relatively dense text. "Playing with time and space is a dangerous game" applies to adapting a literary classic. While some may quibble with specific discrepancies from the original, this book serves as an excellent introduction and companion to a classic children's story.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.