Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Anne of Green Gables

by Mariah Marsden (Author),‎ 
Brenna Thummler (Illustrator)
Published: October 24, 2017

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike.

When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

My review: 2 stars
I wanted to love this reimagined Anne! I have an almost 12 year old daughter who hasn't met Anne yet, and I so hoped this would be a great way to introduce my reluctant reader to a favorite from my youth.

And when I first saw the illustrations, I was pleased. So quaint! So much color!

But once I saw the faces and read the dialog, so much whimsy seemed lost. In fact, it seemed so abridged, there were times I felt part of the story was completely missing. It just didn't seem to do justice to my beloved Anne. Maybe it's better for someone who is a new Anne reader and hasn't experienced the perfectness of LMM's original Anne. I just don't think I need her to be reimagined.


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