Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

I’m home sick with the flu (my first time ever, best I remember, so now I can safely say I HATE THE FLU) so I’m going to use this summary:

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
Published by
Format: Paper, 48 pages
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ISBN: 9780764140129

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8 thoughts on “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  1. Thanks for this. I'll be giving the "graphic" version a miss. I've promised my daughter to read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(the whole book) to her later this spring and I am SO looking forward to this. Thanks so much for your words on Waiting for Columbus. Lovely to know that the book made a connection — that you "got" it.

  2. I actually really hate Mark Twain's writing. I forced myself to read Huck Finn for a class in middle school and promptly forgot about it, then tried ot read it this summer thinking it was one I *should* read. I got 30 pages in, suffering the whole way, and came across a spot I recognized and that opened the flood of memory of former reading. I immediately put the book down and never looked back. I tried to read A Connecticut Yankee etc once too and couldn't make it past the 3rd or 4th page. Something about Twain just irritates me.

    I do wonder if I'd like it better in graphic form, but probably not.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..2 books by Shaun Tan =-.

  3. I read Huck Finn in high school, I think, but I don't quite remember. I don't think it would do well in graphic novel format, either. While I like the way that people are getting creative in introducing the classics to new people, I feel it's more of a way to whet your appetite, not fill it.
    .-= Aarti´s last blog ..Review: Daddy-Long-Legs =-.

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