Monday, December 5, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: "Snow White" by Matt Phelan

This clever graphic adaptation imagines Snow White in 1920s New York City.  Snow is the only daughter of a widower who marries an actress.  The father is a stock broker who manages not to lose it all when the markets tank...  and then dies.  The stepmother is shocked to find that Snow has inherited the bulk of the estate.  You can see how the story goes from there.

The art is gorgeous.  I hadn't read very far when I stopped to show my coworker the lovely charcoal drawings with pops of red for special emphasis.  I really love the illustrations.

The structure of the story is interesting too.  The majority of the panels do not have any dialogue.  But the story is broken down into small sections with title pages, very much like how it was done in the silent movies of that era.  I thought that was pretty cool.

I really liked seeing Snow White reimagined in this way.  It is definitely worth checking out.

*****
Snow White
by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2016
216 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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1 comment:

Carole said...

Hi Sarah, looks like a good one! It would be great if you added your review to the Books You Loved: Dember/January collection over at Carole's Chatter. If you would like to join in the fun please schedule a reminder for the first Wednesday of each month. The collection starts at 7am New Zealand time – which is probably some time Tuesday your time Cheers

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