Charlotte BrontÃ«'sÂ Jane EyreÂ may seem a fairly innocuous choice for a graphic-novel adaption, butÂ Corzine proves otherwise.Â Eschewing muchÂ of the mystery ofÂ Thornfield HallÂ and trauma of Jane's early life, she opts to focus on theÂ brooding romance between Jane and Mr. Rochester. An admirable intention, but one made, perhaps, without the audience in mind; the stodgy Victorian courtship isn't likely to rivet young teens.Â Worse yet, this version wastes the thrill and suspense of theÂ "madwoman in theÂ attic"Â subplot, thereby neutering one of the book's mostÂ memorable story lines and losing the opportunity to depict high-octane action scenes shrouded in eerie mystery. The illustrations are, save for a few wan action sequences, unremarkable though proficient enough. The text isÂ mostly dialogue, withÂ scarcely any action, resultingÂ in endless panels ofÂ characters looking longingly, sadly orÂ angrilyÂ at one another.Â The glossary isÂ patently ridiculous, withÂ age-inappropriateÂ entriesÂ likeÂ "forgive" and "nightmare,"Â and a biography of the author, while informative, is written in such stiff language as to turn young readers off altogether.Â Distinctly subpar.Â (Graphic classic. 13 & up)Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Gr 7 Up--These graphic interpretations of literary classics have been republished as "English Language Teaching Readers." These extensively edited versions remain true to the originals to the extent possible, both in terms of using actual snippets from the author's original texts as well as preserving the overarching themes. The entire stories are told through speech balloons rather than through a running narration. Particularly with Shakespeare's plays, this format offers readers an experience closer to a theatrical performance than a prose condensation of the plot. Most acts and scenes are included, although heavily edited. The same care and attention to detail that was evident in the original series is presented here. Excellent graphics bring the stories to life and set the mood. Lush art in jewel tones heightens interest. All of the titles are replete with support materials beginning with an illustrated cast of characters and an introduction or plot summary and concluding with back matter such as an author biography and historical background. Macbeth in particular includes a wealth of additional resources such as a main-character summary, family tree, link map of characters, and a listing of famous quotations. Most useful in a classroom setting, these volumes could serve as introductions to literary classics as well as companion volumes for students benefiting from a modified text.--Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY[Page 142]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Gr 5-7--The opening spreads in these retellings introduce main characters through short descriptions accompanied by small portraits. Colored-pencil illustrations scattered throughout the narratives take the place of lengthy descriptions in the original works. Tavner carefully re-creates the original plots and characters as well as the authors' styles. Editor's notes provide background information on the stories and explain the process of retelling a classic, which includes omitting some subplots and details, combining some events, and changing dialogue to allow ease in reading. Short lists of related movies and discussions of themes and style will spark interest in the originals. Clarifying the plot and character interactions, these retellings are good introductions to the novels.--Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD[Page 82]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.