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Monday, May 27, 2013

Review of "A Wrinkle in Time" Graphic Novel by Madeline L'Engle and Hope Larson
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  • Title: A Wrinkle in Time (The graphic novel) [hardcover]
  • Written by: Madeline L’Engle
  • Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson
  • Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Girous, New York
  • Text was originally published in 1962 by Madeline L’engle
  • Graphic novel was published in 2012.

My brother Jimmy had taken me to the Beckley comic book store Lost Legions today. We try to go there once a month. I knew I would pick up some type of book there today.

They had two copies of “A Wrinkle in Time (The Graphic Novel).” I recall having to read this book in elementary school. I was probably in fourth grade. I didn’t read it. Or, I wasn’t able to comprehend what I had read at that age. I am a better reader now (at the age of 33).

I’m a big fan of graphic novels and I enjoyed the art in this book. The title caught my attention and I realized that I wanted to know what this story was about.

 There was praise by James Patterson on the back of the book. I asked my brother if he thought I should get this and he said yes. I assumed my mother (who loves reading) might enjoy reading it too. When I showed it to her, she said she read that book for me in elementary school and that she hated it. She did say that she’d read this graphic novel version.

I read it in about one-hour tonight. And I get this story now!

It is a fantasy novel about space travel. It is a classic story of good (the light) versus evil (the dark). I think this story would be very good for a child’s imagination.

The main character, Meg, is a female in high school. She goes off on this adventure to find her father, (a scientist) who is on another planet held by the darkness called IT. Meg goes on this adventure with a same-aged guy friend named Calvin and her younger brother Charles. They are partly guided by three spirit-like beings: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs. Which. These three characters help them to travel across space and time. Meg rescues her father, but her younger brother Charles gets hypnotized by the dark matter. Meg faces her fears and goes back to rescue her brother. She overpowers it with the light of love. Meg returns home with her father, brother, and guy-friend Calvin. Meg’s mom is really glad to see her husband. Meg’s younger twin brothers and her dog is waiting there for them, too.

My favorite part of the book was in the beginning when a storm was taking place. Meg couldn’t sleep and she goes downstairs late at night and finds her brother Charles. Her mom comes down. The three of them have a snack in the kitchen during the storm late at night. I thought this seemed like fun. This part of the book was before any of the fantasy took place.

I really enjoyed the part where Mrs. Which teaches Megan, Calvin, and Charles about the power of the light, which is love. Mrs. Which said some of the greatest fighters came from Earth. The names listed in the story included: Jesus, Leonard Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Bach, Einstein, Schweitzer, Gandhi, Buddha, Beethoven, Rembrandt, St. Francis, and Copernicus. My best is that these are people who do what they love and who add to the world we live in.

This reminds me of a good deed that a person did today. I stopped by the first of two toll booths on my way back to Huntington, WV from little Beckley, WV. The woman at the toll booth told me the car in front of me paid for me. I’ve always heard of people doing this, but had never experienced this. I was shocked. I appreciated it and went ahead and paid it fwd. right away by telling the toll booth operator to use my money to pay for the car behind me.

People who might enjoy this book would include:

  • Older children in elementary school

  • Middle school children

  • Teachers

  • People who love graphic novels

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