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
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!
If you are a fan of both graphic novels AND To Kill a Mockingbird, pick this up.
This is a gorgeous graphic novel first and foremost. Fordham’s artwork is well done, very effective and quite faithful to the book. There are plenty of direct quotes from the book and in places that he has edited or adapted, the panels move the story along quite well. I am a big fan of TKaM and I was a little leery of reading a graphic novel version of it but when it come in from the library I was blown away by how beautiful the artwork is. And then once I started reading I saw how faithful to the book it was. It is adapted, so some things are left out but I only saw one scene while reading that I knew for a fact had been edited (granted though, it's been awhile since I've read TKaM so there might be more).
I love the fact that this book is hardcover and the binding is top notch (You wouldn't believe the amount of children's/teen's graphic novel I order at work that fall apart in less than 6 months because the binding is non-existent :sigh:). Honestly this graphic novel was a absolute joy to read. I would not recommend reading it in place of the novel (read the novel first!) but as a companion to the book I would completely recommend or for a individual that is on the fence about TKaM or has trouble with long novels etc. Pick this up.
I will definitely be on the lookout for more of Fordham's work. He did an amazing job here.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Written by Harper Lee
Adapted and Illustrated by Fred Fordham
2018; Harper/Harper Collins (288 pages)
Genre: retelling, classics, racism, race, politics, law, fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, illustrations, southern
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favourite books. As cliche as it sounds, this book changed my life. It made me aware that the colour of one's skin can be enough for someone to hate you, that truth and justice wasn't always going to be fair and the good guys don't always win. Lee's writing also inspired me as a writer. When I saw that Lee's book was getting adapted into a graphic novel, I had mixed feelings as I didn't know how faithful it would be to the original story. Were they going to add or take big things out. Phew, Fordham did an amazing job! Not only were the illustrations great, but the story is faithful to the book and hits all the great scenes. This is one I hope to buy as it a must for any collection, especially fans of the writer and the book.
***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***
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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite stories. I first read the novel in high school, and then acted in a stage production of it one summer, have watched the move once or twice, and have revisited the book every so often. I'm very familiar with it, and I think it's a masterpiece of American storytelling.
I wouldn't have been especially interested in a graphic novel adaptation (I've read a number of bland adaptations of literary classics), except that I kept hearing really good things about Fred Fordham's recent edition. So I checked it out from the library to see what it's like.
First, I was impressed by the heft of the volume. At 273 pages, this wasn't going to be an unabridged version of the original, but it was certainly going to be more substantial than I'd expected. I was next relieved to open to the first page and see the very familiar opening lines, verbatim from the novel. Those words are set against a striking image that brings something from the end of the story right up to the beginning, for those who know the book already. So far as I can tell, all of the words in the graphic novel are directly from Lee's original (though the graphic novel does not have all the words of the novel; it is an abridgement). Fordham's note at the end of the book says that he only changed words from the book when absolutely necessary. I know the book really well, and nothing in this adaptation stood out to me as new or out of place, so he's done a great job.
The artwork is beautiful all throughout. Fordham uses somewhat limited color palettes and washed-out tones to convey a sense of place and history. I really loved it. He even ages the kids just slightly as the story progresses. I've never felt that the original book needed anything other than the words, but this edition is quite pleasant, and the imagery enhances the words nicely.
The last line of the graphic novel is, of course, that famous last line of the book, so all is well. This adaptation surprised me with its care and beauty. It's no substitute for reading Lee's original, but for those of us who cherish that book, this one is a wonderful new way to go back to that story.
This graphic novel really does justice to the original book! This is one of my favorite books and I love the movie! Anyone who is a fan of this book will love this graphic novel. I have went a little overboard on the pictures I added so bear with me 😊