A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

a wrinkle in time, graphic novel

Title: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Author: Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Summary:  If you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time, then you need to pick up this book.  Illustrator, cartoonist and two-time Eisner Award winner (think the comic book industry’s equivalent of the Oscars) Hope Larson inks this fast-paced graphic adaptation of the Madeleine L’engle classic.  Using a palette of blue, black, and white Larson captures the angst filled Meg, the inconceivable genius that is Charles Wallace, and sheer goodness of Calvin in every pane.

The story opens with the introduction of Meg, a thirteen-year old misfit, struggling to deal with the disappearance of her beloved father.  Her scientist mother and her equally misunderstand and underestimated  five-year-old child prodigy brother, Charles Wallace, seem to be the only ones that understand her.  On a stormy night, a new and eccentric neighbor, Mrs. Whatsit, stops in for a visit with Charles Wallace, Meg, and Mrs. Murry.  The next day while exploring, Charles Wallace and Meg run across Calvin, a popular upperclassman from Meg’s school.  Calvin seems to immediately bond with the two because deep down he too has always felt like a misfit.  The trio then go to the home of Mrs. Whatsit and meet up with her equally eccentric/otherworldly companions- Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.  Shortly thereafter, adventure ensues when the three otherworldly entities enlist the help of the children to find Mr. Murry and quite possibly save the world from ultimate evil.

Who will like this?: Fans of the original book will want to check out this inventive retelling.  If you’ve never tried reading a graphic novel, but love fantasy with a splash of sci-fi this is a great book to start with.

If you like this, try reading:  Some other graphic novel classic retellings such as: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton; Romeo & Juliet, graphic novel adaptation by Garth Hinds; and The Conte of Monte Cristo Manga Classics by Alexandre Dumas (Author),‎ Nokman Poon (Artist),‎ Crystal Chan (Artist)

Where can I find a copy?:  Paper copies can be found at Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, and the Pequot Library.

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Teen Librarian

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