To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novelby Published 30 Oct 2018
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A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer prize–winning American classic.
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird."
A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.
Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Gem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.
Enduring in vision, Harper Lee’s timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition that joins the ranks of the graphic novel adaptations of A Wrinkle in Time and The Alchemist.
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel Reviews
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is a 2018 Harper publication.
I’m not going to review the plot of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, but will instead offer you a review of the graphic novel version of the beloved classic.
I am new to the graphic novel category and am still getting my sea legs, so to speak, but I have discovered one of the best ways to acclimate myself is by reading familiar stories in the graphic novel format. So far, I am having a blast re-reading a few classics and having that experience enhanced by graphic art or drawings, depicting the scenes in the book.
One of my initial concerns was for the respect of the material, especially when we are talking about one of the most cherished books ever written. I was equal parts skeptical and excited. I initially thought it was a cool idea, but, I worried that it might somehow reduce the impact of the story.
However, the artwork is simply wonderful! Lovely and detailed, colorized illustrations capture the essence of the novel, and will appeal to anyone who loves the story, but will certainly entice younger readers to read this important story, without thinking of it as homework.
I soon forgot my skepticism and reacquainted myself with this story all over again, enjoying it anew in a fresh and revitalized way.
There are many ways to enjoy stories and every one of them are valid and useful. Graphic novels are one more way to enjoy books and I’m very pleased to have discovered, and approached it with an open mind, this format, which gives me an even deeper appreciation for classic or familiar stories, but also brings new and imaginative ones to my attention, broadening my scope of learning and entertainment.
The first graphic adaptation of this American classic that I taught several times a day every semester I taught high school, also showing the Gregory Peck film version, which if you haven't ever seen, is a must. Fordham, a Brit, who also illustrated an adaptation of Philip Pullman's Golden Compass, is faithful to the story, and says so in his afterword. This is not a creative interpretation of/reflection on To Kill, but as in the first Harry Potter film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, it is very very true to the text, and to those who have seen the film, feels familiar.
Of course you would not only read this version, but use it as a chance to reflect on the story. Or compare versions. Or use to help struggling readers "see" the text. The illustration/comics work here is lovely. I won't retell the plot, but I can say you get to fall in love with the story all over again. I will say I see it as somewhat different than I did decades ago when I taught it to exclusively white kids as an anti-racist text. Now, living in a large urban city, I can see how some non-white readers might view it as a book directed almost exclusively to white people with, as some people now say, a Great American White Savior speaking for the seemingly passive victims, the "mockingbird" blacks (and people with disabilities, the autistic Boo Radley), and I appreciate that point, but as a portrait of the American South in a particular time (Fordham defends his and Harper Lee's use of the "n"-word), it has very powerful moments, and Scout is one of the absolutely central girl characters in the history of American literature.
I really, really enjoyed this! I loved the original book and it was so so cool to see it as a graphic novel. The drawings are amazing and the color is perfect. The story is just as funny and great as it was originally.
View my review of To Kill A Mockingbird here
Thank you so much Harper Collins for an Advanced Reader's Copy!
This graphic novel is a perfect complement and homage to the novel, and much closer to the original manuscript than the classic film. It is in no way a replacement, but an adaptation that should make both English teachers and students very happy.
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