Saturday, March 18, 2017

Phelan, Matt. Snow White: A Graphic Novel.

Phelan, Matt.  Snow White: A Graphic Novel.  Candlewick Press     2016 np   $19.99  ISBN 978-0-7636-7233-1      Hardback      hs/adult  Graphic novel  VG  

Samantha White returns to 1928 New York City after being banished by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, several years ago.  Her father, the King of Wall Street, survived the stock market crash only to pass away under mysterious circumstances.  Samantha is protected by seven street urchins, while the stepmother is obsessed with a stock ticker that prints out the words “Another … More Beautiful...KILL.”

Matt Phelan’s moody illustrations capture the film-noir atmosphere of his new twist on a classic fairy tale. The use of color is very deliberate and underscores key elements of the tale. Readers may be drawn to the evocative illustrations, but will find the narration spare. It will have special appeal to reluctant readers, as the entire graphic novel can easily be read in one sitting, in less than one hour. 

Summary: Graphic novel re-telling of a classic fairy tale, (i.e. Snow White), set in 1928 New York City.   

Fairytales-Fiction, Magic-Fiction                           —Hilary Welliver

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