Some call this the greatest American novel ever written. It’s the story of a runaway boy, Huck Finn, and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, as they ride a raft on the Mississippi River and encounter mishaps and adventure when they go ashore. Using the graphic novel format, Graphic Classics introduce children to many of the world’s greatest literary works. The high quality illustrations complement narratives that are paced to catch and hold young readers’ interest. In addition to its story, each Graphic Classic features a thumbnail biography of its author’s life, a list of his or her important works, a timeline of historic events that helped inspire the story’s conception, general notes, and an index. Both primary and secondary school teachers can use these books to introduce students to a representative selection of our culture’s great literary works. Many young readers who are hesitant to delve into the original books will find the graphic novel format an appealing first step toward developing good reading habits. Graphic Classics are available in both paperback and hardcover editions
To say I was not impressed would be an understatement. I felt like I was reading a Cliff’s Notes edition in graphic novel form. Huckleberry Finn is one of my favorite classics, so when I saw in on the library shelf I grabbed it. I knew it would work for the Graphic Novel Challenge, more specifically the mini-challenge Teresa at Read All Over Reviews is hosting this month. Since, like it says, it is aimed at primary and secondary students, I won’t hold it against the book. It gives the bare bones of the story. It is not intended for adults or apparently real readers, although I don’t see how reading such a condensed version of such a rich, powerful story (hello! It is only 48 pages long and not all of that is story!) will help students make the “first step toward developing good reading habits.”
To get the full force of one of Mark Twain’s best novels, do yourself a favor. Get the real book.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Retold by Tom Ratliff
Category: Graphic Novel – Classic
Format: Paper, 48 pages
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