Review: ‘Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel’ Adapted by Mariah Marsden

‘Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel’

Adapted By Mariah Marsden

Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Date: 2017
Pages: 332
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia

Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

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.

The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden’s crisp adaptation, and it’s a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler’s heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won’t want to leave.
— Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Marvels”

‘Anne of Green Gables’ is a classic that I’ve wanted to pick up in who knows how long. I finally did so in graphic novel form. I didn’t really know what to expect, all I knew was that Anne had red hair and freckles and a crazy imagination. All those things help true, but what I didn’t know was that she is an amazing character for girls to read about.

While I was reading I got genuinely teary on the train, Anne is a character that even as a reader I wanted to fiercely protect. She’s the underdog from the beginning that really seems to be the most imaginative of characters. Her emotions are like a roller coaster (accurate to children these days) and she would say things that she would later regret, but I enjoyed how readers saw her thought process as to what she was sorry for or when she wasn’t sorry at all. This really looks at when it is necessary to apologise and when maybe you do not need to.

I really enjoyed my time with Anne in the Green Gables, the full novel is something that I am definitely putting on my wish list to pick up in the future.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 4/5

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