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Tween Tuesday: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Adapted and Illustrated Hope Larson

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

 Genre: Science Fiction/Graphic Novel 

 Release Date: October 2, 2012 

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About the Book: Meg Murry is different-and she knows it. She's frustrated being teased at school and she's easily angered when people around town make comments about her strange younger brother and her missing father. On a dark and stormy night, Charles Wallace introduces Meg to Mrs. Whatsit and secrets about her father's work and his whereabouts start to unravel. Soon Meg, Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin are on a journey through space and time to fight darkness and find Mr. Murry.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I adored this novel as a child-I always felt as though I related to Meg. So when I found out about the graphic novel version, and being adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson, I couldn't wait. And for the most part my high expectations were met.

The plot and text are perfect. So much of the text is taken straight from the book. I think I noticed this because I recently reread A Wrinkle In Time and I'm sure devoted fans will be pleased with how much of the text makes it into the graphic novel edition. It is an adaptation that is handled lovingly and with much care and that shines through on every page. I was very pleased because it really kept true to the novel and never cut corners. This wasn't a fast read-there is so much to take in with both the art and the text to get the whole story and it made this adaptation feel spot on.

The characters are all how I imagined them (well, maybe I imagined Calvin a bit less geeky in my swoony tween years). Ms. Larson captures the emotion and angst of Meg, the charming peculiarity of Charles Wallace and the excitement of Calvin perfectly.

My only complaint about the book is the color palate. The blue scale is a bit odd and can be distracting at times. I got used to it, but it really frustrated me when we met the Man with the Red Eyes because his eyes are blue, not red, which really was throwing me off. At the same time I can see why the blue palate was chosen because it does give a very space like feel to the illustrations, especially when panels are mostly in a black background.

I would encourage fans of the original novel to add this one to your collection. It's a well done graphic novel adaptation-one of the best. It's a perfect way to share the classic story with new and old readers alike. A must add to any graphic novel collection.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from final copy sent by publisher for review


  1. oh my gosh! this is so awesome I want to read this!
    i've recently jumped on the wrinkle in time wagon :) love those books

  2. I'm just re-reading "A Wrinkle . . . " now! Perfect timing with your post. :-)

    P.S The red-eyed man should've had red eyes. No matter the overall color scheme, that was just plain silly ;-P

  3. I just picked this graphic novel up, so I'm excited to read it. While flipping through it I was surprised, like you, to see the blue.


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