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Title: Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Marsden
Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert (siblings) want to adopt a boy who can help them with work on their farm, but through a mistake they end up with a girl instead. Anne Shirley is nothing like what they expected, but she wins their hearts and they decide to keep her. This is the story of Anne’s childhood and its defining moments.
I’ve been a fan of Anne Shirley since I was a kid, so this graphic novel really had me excited! I was also kind of afraid, too. What if it was done poorly? What if they didn’t capture Anne’s spirit and humor? What if they butchered one of my all-time favorite stories???
I’ll lay to rest those insecurities right now and tell you that I absolutely loved this book! The format is, of course, different from the original, but it still manages to capture the magic of the story. The graphic novel focuses on simplified and essential dialogue, pivotal events, and the emotions/reactions/feelings of the characters. A lot of detail was necessarily cut out, but the essence of the story came through loud and clear. I’ll confess that it made me cry a couple of times. The story ends on a hopeful note, with Anne and Gilbert finally reconciling and the hint of love in the air. *sigh*
The artwork is really nice. There are plenty of charming and lovely vignettes, and a wonderful color palette.
I recommend Anne of Green Gables to fans of the original book, and to elementary-age kids as a good introduction to the story.
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…