Anne of Green Gables
A Graphic Novel
by Mariah Marsden
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Pub Date 24 Oct 2017 | Archive Date 08 Jan 2018
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”
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.
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Having tried many times over several years to read Anne of Green Gables it was a delight to come upon this graphic version. I loved the story as so many have before me and recommend this version of the book to new readers of this ageless classic. I look forward to reading more in this series and perhaps coming across the more recent storyteller and artist in more books too. I read the book in one sitting which has given me the flavour of and a desire to read the novel itself. A great introduction to this series.
This is a delightful artistic rendition of one of the most known and beloved children's books of all times. Anne's growth arc, the adventures and misadventures her overactive imagination bring, the friends and characters that shape her passage from childhood to adulthood are depicted with a modern taste that will engage you so much not to be able to put this comic down before you finish. The best achievement of this book is probably giving a visual tangible impression of Anne's relationship with nature in a series of briliiantly painted landscapes that will make your spirit lift with Anne's at the marvel of the changing seasons. An excellent gift for children and teenagers that their parents will steal at night for themselves.
This was an incredibly sweet adaptation and its fault was in being too short! I loved the drawings, especially the beautiful and simple faces.
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, is a generally faithful adaptation of the book of the same name. For the most part, I liked the illustrations, however the pupil-less eyes gave me pause. As so many TV adaptations have recently appeared, this book is sure to be sought after for kids who are fascinated by Anne, but can't yet read the originals. This graphic novel version would be perfect to introduce the series to a reader who was a little behind in skills, or a little young for the reading level.
I've been a fan of the PBS series of Anne of green gables for a long time, I've only recently read the book for the first time last year and found this graphic novel to follow both closely. This adaptation was wonderful, I read it in one setting :). It captures the magic of the original story very well.
A delightful graphic novel that captured the essence of Anne of Green Gables perfectly. The illustrations are beautifull,y done; colorful and whimsical. Very entertaining!
I really wish there was more of it!!! It makes me ready for there to be a new season on Netflix and desparate to reread the series and gaaaah! I love Anne. I especially enjoyed the raspberry cordial section, definitely an excellent portrayal of their intoxication. Wonderfully done.
An absolute delight that is stirring and reminiscent of Anne's first tale. Gorgeous and quirky illustrations complete encapsulate the spirit of the original text.
I think this was an easy way to convey the story to readers not interested in tackling the books.
I cannot help it! I am a sucker for any adaptation of Anne and her world. I became a reader because of the delightful tale of Canada's most popular orphan. I loved the graphic novel which stays true to the original story. It is definitely another way for young readers to be exposed to a timeless Canadian classic.
I absolutely loved the new Anne of Green Gables in graphic novel form. It was a lovely blast to the past in a fun new form. I enjoyed the imagery and storytelling and can't wait to add this to the library.
If you know me at all, you'll know that I love Anne of Green Gables, so when I saw this graphic novel adaptation on NetGalley, I snatched the opportunity to read it straight away! I can happily say that this graphic novel version was absolutely, 100% the most PERFECT adaptation I could ever wish for. The illustrations were so stunning they left my mouth hanging open in wonder and the atmosphere of the original Anne text shined through so clearly in this graphic novel version. It's just perfect and I will DEFINITELY be purchasing a copy of my own as soon as it comes out!
Images and text were woven together beautifully to bring new life to an old classic. The graphic novel was perfectly paced and easy to follow along. I felt like I was right alongside Anne during all of her shenanigans. Would recommend to everyone!
Sure to please fans of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Netflix's Anne with an E. Personally, it was greeted with open arms as it served to reunite me with my beloved, unsullied Anne and the cast of characters I fell in love with decades ago.
Being that this is a graphic novel, let’s talk about the art, shall we? The style is line drawing and simple. Simple and beautiful. Green Gables looks as it’s described when you read the full novel. I loved the colors used for the landscape. The only thing I was a little bummed about was Anne herself. I always imagined Anne as pretty, freckles and red-headed, but pretty. Diana was more beautiful but they were both pretty in their own right. In this graphic novel, Anne is incredibly plain and Diana isn’t much better. I wanted a little more beauty given to them. Gilbert was just as handsome as ever. The story itself is like all of the best bits condensed into a one sitting read. I loved Mrs. Lynde, she was depicted perfectly peeking out of her windows watching Anne’s arrival to Green Gables. As I said, I really loved the way Green Gables was illustrated and Mathew and Marilla were perfection. I audibly exclaimed “CARPET BAG” when I saw her bag. I remember being so interested in her bag when I was young and loving that it was a beautiful and somehow far too old for a 12-year-old. It also always made me thing of Mary Poppins so I was happy to see it featured in at least one pane of this adaptation. I’m so glad that Anne’s obsession with puffed sleeves was included. She thinks of them as regal and important and far more beautiful than she deserves. It’s one of the sweetest moments in the book when Matthew goes to find a dress for Anne for Christmas and she finally gets to have her puffed sleeves. I would love to see this continued into the Avonlea years, specifically the moments of Gilbert and Anne. In this particular novel, I would have liked a little more of the interaction Anne has with her friends but it was most certainly represented so you understood that she was loyal and loving to her people. This is coming out on October 24, 2017 so if you have any love for Anne or want to introduce this classic to someone who may not want to read the original yet. Start them on this graphic novel.
Why, you might ask, would anyone need a graphic novel version to read <em>Anne of Green Gables</em>? It is not too far off a question. But, this reminds me of when I tried to get my daughter to love E. Nesbit books the way I did. She started to read them, and found the language too archaic for her tastes. Not that I think Ann do of Green Gables is archaic, but it could be intimidating, as it was written over 100 years ago now. I love how we still have the language, Anne's talk of having a busom friend, and the other little fun bits that happen in the original, that come up in this adaption of the novel. I have not gone back and checked to see what was left out, and what was left in, but I can hear the story, as I read it, and remember those bits well, so I think it is a very faithful translation. And listen, if this has to be an e-book, or on the side of a carton of milk, I don't care, as long as it gets int he hand of another generation of young people, and shows that girls can have adventures as well. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
I previously read Anne of Green Gables many years ago. This is a lovely book by Mariah Marsden, telling the story of Ann (with an E) Shirley. The book is an excellent way to encourage the younger reader to read classic novels. The illustrations by Brenna Thummler are great and full of colour. Many thanks to Netgalley for the copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review.
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Oh Anne of Green Gables, a delightful story in any format. The author and illustrator have beautifully captured the fury, imagination and passion of Anne Shirley. Right from the first panel, you can't put the book down. A must read for all.
When orphan Anne (with an e) Shirley is sent to live with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in place of the boy they had requested to assist them with the farm work, neither could have imagined how this redheaded, freckled spit fire would impact their lives. Spirited, passionate and a chatterbox with a heart of gold who manages to accidentally get herself into trouble quite frequently, Anne transforms Green Gables and Avonlea with her presence. Kindred spirits with best friend Diana and ruthlessly competitive with Gilbert, who she'd swear she despises, Anne is one of those characters that never leaves your heart once she takes up residence. While I fell in love with Megan Follows' Anne in the 1985 miniseries of Anne of Green Gables and have watched it, along with its sequels, more times than I can count, and own the most beautiful hardcover 100th anniversary edition of the book, I feel I need to admit my utter failure to ever manage to be able to get into the book. I'm so sorry, L.M. Montgomery! I absolutely adored this graphic novel edition of Anne of Green Gables so much that I'm now determined to move Ms. Montgomery's novel higher up my TBR pile and attempt it again. Kindred spirits the world over, those long time friends of Anne and those meeting her for the first time, are going to be entranced by Mariah Marsden's graphic novel adaptation of this classic. Faithful to the story and characters I know and love, Mariah has made Anne accessible to those who may not have come across her otherwise and reminded those of us who already love her why she will always have a place in our hearts. Brenna Thummler's whimsical illustrations match the story perfectly. She brings out the individual quirks and characters of each person she illustrates. Her bright, cheerful images transport you to Avonlea and make you want to take up residence. I received an ARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback. I hope to see Mariah and Brenna team up again in the near future to tackle Anne sequels in the same format.
Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler is a beautiful adaptation of the much-loved classic. As someone married to an Anne of Green Gables fanatic, I appreciated this story and can see myself buying it as a gift sometime in the near future. As a former teacher, I'm also interested anytime an author takes a classic and adapts it into a different, sometimes more accessible, medium. Marsden and Thummler do that here with great success. Beautiful, rich artwork and characterization that does honor to the original work. I prefer it to the most recent Netflix adaptation.
I am reviewing this book as an ARC reviewer for Netgalley. I was curious how this book would be as a graphic novel. I am so in with this story and the wildness of Anne Shirley. I have loved these books since I was a little girl and I am just as in love with the movies. The friendship of Diana Barry and Anne Shirley is one that every girl hopes to have and gets to meet their own Kindred Spirit. The undying friendship and competition that Anne and Gilbert have is amazingly written. I honestly didn't know how this book would translate as a graphic novel and was afraid that some of the sto...
3.5 stars This was a very sweet story about growing up/coming of age. I have never read the book of Anne of Green Gables so this graphic novel is the first time I read this story. I feel like that this story is timeless in the sense that Anne has some very relatable moments growing up and learns lessons everyone can associate themselves with.
I really enjoyed this. With Anne of Green Gables being so popular lately (with the two different TV series), this was a fun graphic novel to read. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the art and how well it paired with the story. Some of the jumps in time are a big jarring with no warning , but I loved seeing Anne change throughout the story. It also makes me want to reread the original story, which I haven't done in decades. This is a wonderful companion book and I hope it helps new readers find the joy of L.M. Montgomery's series.
I loved Anne of the Green Gables. I find my kindred spirit in her. Though Anne has misgivings , she learns from her experience. She is a free spirited and a clever individual who becomes the embodiment of all the three qualities, which she had difficulty to choose from in the start of the book. Namely, divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever and angelically good. The story was enchanting and the illustrations were incredible. Special thanks to author,illustrator, publishers and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this beautiful book.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic novel of childhood, adolescence, and finding your place in this world. The book has been read by generations of children and adults alike. In this new adaptation, the story is the same but the pictures are as vivid as anyone's imagination can be. I am all for turning classic novels into graphic novels--and because this one stays true to Anne, it is the perfect way to embrace more potential readers of the story. There's no reason that someone who can't sit with a 200-page novel should miss out on a great story, since everyone has a different way of taking in information. Because of the graphic novel format, kids who are a little young for the story can read it, as can those who want the same story in a shorter amount of time. The artwork is something that you'll want to spend some time with, and it all comes together to give life to Anne of Green Gables.
So charming! This is bright and fresh, and I loved reading the familiar story in graphic format.
Absolutely love this graphic version of Anne of Green Gables. The illustrations are so beautifully done!
This is a wonderful introduction to a classic story, perfect for children who can't quite handle the whole text yet. It manages to keep all the important part of the stories while slimming it down to the basics, but never feels thin or empty. The art style is lovely, clear without being too busy. This is a gorgeous book that would make a lovely present. I'll be looking forward to seeing it in person. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.
I loved this book so much I read it twice. I have already pre-ordered two paper copies of the book when it comes out, one for me and one for my mum. Both of us loved the book as children, and the first copy of Anne of Green Gables I ever had was my mother's ragged childhood copy. I was dubious as to how well a graphic novel would translate the sheer charm of the original, but it has done so in spades. It's absolutely glorious.
A thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of a beloved novel. Anne of Green Gables is such a beautifully written story and is so dear to my heart that I wanted to read this...but I was a little hesitant as well. (The new Netflix adaptation of Anne is not a favorite for me). I like my Anne with all her quirks and spunk to retain her positive outlook on life. It's one of her strengths. Marsden did a fabulous job of pulling out the highlights of the book and reworking them into a graphic novel format while retaining some of the beautiful and lyrical language of L.M. Montgomery. It is Anne, and Marilla, and Matthew, and Diana, and Gil, and Josie, and Rachel Lynde that you find in the pages of the original novel. I know these characters and I know this story - that background definitely added to my enjoyment of the book. It's hard to say for sure how someone who hasn't read the novel would experience this, but I imagine that they would find a kindred spirit in Anne and want to read the series. The only reason I didn't give that fifth star was the artwork. I think Thummler did a great job based on my limited exposure to this genre; it is certainly in keeping with the style of other graphic novels I've read. While the background or landscape scenes were lovely, I wished the scenes with the characters would have showcased more of the softness and elegance that I associate with Avonlea, PEI and the time period in general. The novel has a very idyllic feel to me and I didn't feel like all of the artwork captured that.* That is just my personal preference and I still enjoyed this very much! *Not related to this review, but the blurb mentions that Thummler is working on her own graphic novel, which I would pick and read.
First, this was the first graphic novel I reviewed with NetGalley and the reproduction is lovely. Of course no graphic adaptation can include every favorite scene (no Miss Josephine Barry? No poetry recital where Anne's "splendid Titian hair" is admired? You see the problems for any adaptor of a beloved classic.) Marsden has taken some snippets of dialogue, some direct from the novel, some not, and transitions between major events in Anne's life are somewhat abrupt. Brenna Thummler is a wonderful artist and illustrator and her magical illustrations capture the mood and magic of Prince Edward Island where spring always seems to be blooming. Anne is the perfect gawky red headed sprite, except for her distractingly awful block of a nose. She is as dramatic, original and inspired as ever in this editon, whether you find her endlessly annoying or charming. After the truly terrible Netflix series which flagrantly changed Anne and her essential character and life experiences, it is refreshing to visit the "real" Avonlea, and hopefully, the book would be a great suggestion for a reluctant reader who then could tackle the full novel.
As a long time Anne-Fan, I jump at the chance to read any new adaptation or fresh take on my favorite classic of childhood. This graphic novel spin on my old favorite did NOT disappoint. I would highly recommend to a kid who is hesitant about approaching the old-fashioned language of the original books, just to give them a taste for the story. The art is lively and likeable, yet unique - setting itself apart from current looks in middle grade graphic novels. The text adaptation is nearly verbatim - keeping the essence of Maud alive. Will be putting this on my to-buy list at the library.
It takes some guts to adapt perfection into something completely unique and compelling. The wood block print style graphics not only appeals to me aesthetically but it is unique and captures the personality of these beloved characters with a fresh new approach. Like me, you may practically know Anne's story by heart but in this freaking awesome new graphic novel style, you will fall in love with this classic all over again and exponentially more for the stunning adaptation that has nailed perfection. I think it is so important to recognize the door that opens for certain readers when classics are adapted to graphic novels and quality over quantity is the foundation in these versions where illustrations are mainstage and text is reduced.
Anne Of Green Gables a graphic novel is adapted by Mariah Marsden and illustrated by Brenna Thummler. In complete honesty ( please don’t be mad at me) I have never read Anne of Green Gables and never really heard of it until recently. I have seen it before at bookstores but never really knew what it was about but another book cover. After reading this graphic novel now I understand why there has been reprintings and adoptions. Anne is an orphan girl that holds an impressive imagination. She has been through a lot for a girl her age (early teens). Through out the story, the reader gets a glimpse of what her past life was like. As I read the book I could not put it down because I wanted to know what will happen to Anne next and how she would deal with it. She is mature and level headed which is ironic because everyone thinks she’s a little cuckoo due to her imagination. The illustrations bring the words to life along with the beautiful scenery that makes you want to visit Green Gables yourself. I became attached to Anne and it was so special seeing her grow up and become something spectacularly special and you can’t help but feel proud. This is a tale that is truly for all ages. If you read this as a child, sharing it with your own child, watched the Netflix series or simply like graphic novels then I recommend this book.
I can't say enough about Anne of Green Gables, the original novel. I have read it several times and love it. It is one of my favorite books of all time. This graphic novel edition, was amazing. I felt like I was watching an animated film throughout with everything from the book included. Most of my favorite dialogues from the book were in this book in full color. Many of the descriptive landscapes in the book were shown just as I pictured they would be, often taking up a full page. The expressions on the characters faces were incredible. I look forward to sharing this edition with my daughter in a couple years. I was given the opportunity to read this book through NetGalley.
I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables for the first time a few months ago, and I feel utterly in love with it. The art style of this graphic novel is simply gorgeous, I loved every little detail, every choice of colour, it was truly done beautifully! The author respected the soul of the story, of course you can’t put such a book in only a few hundred pages, but the most important moments were there and I’m glad to see that it was still Anna of Green Gables, not someone else’s story or interpretation. It’d make me so happy if all the other books were made into graphic novels, especially because this art style suits the story so well! 4.5
After reading the novel recently, I was interested to see what Anne of Green Gables would look like in graphic novel form. Prose-wise it has been sensitively condensed by Mardsen, but inevitably it has lost some of the main protagonist's early garrulousness so her voice doesn't come through quite as strongly as the original book. Where it does succeed is in the illustration which evocatively captures the beauty of Avonlea's location and the richness of Montgomery's descriptive prose.
A very sweet retelling of the classic books by L.M. Montgomery. The art style is beautiful and the dialogue seems straight from the book. I'd recommend this for any Anne fans and young girls who might not be ready for a chapter book yet.
I still haven't read any book from the Anne of Green Gables series; but I saw the tv animated version and the movie way back then. When I found out that there's an available graphic novel of this beautiful classic, I grabbed the chance to read it and I totally LOVE it! Checking this out is like reliving the scenes I've watched from both the TV and movie version. I now wonder if there would be plans of the illustrators to make a graphic novel for the other 8 books in the series. Without question, I would be one of those fans of Anne of Green Gables to purchase those succeeding graphic novels.
This graphic novel version of Anne of Green Gables is gorgeously illustrated, and it was a pleasure to read. I've never seen an Anne of Green Gables graphic novel before this one, and I think that this is a great format to showcase the beautiful landscape and Anne's adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves Anne. I would have preferred more vibrancy in the colours used, and more lively facial expressions, but the art was well done and lovely nonetheless.
Marsden and Thummler have done a wonderful job bringing Montgomery's beloved Anne to the world of graphic novels. Both young and adult readers will be transported by Thummler's art. Everything from the expressive faces to the beautiful sun dappled landscapes hold true to the whimsical feeling you get while reading the original work. Marsden is able to pull the most heartwarming and heartbreaking parts of the story and condense them into bite sized chunks. I would happily recommend this to those who have never read Montgomery's work as well as to those, like myself, who grew up with a little red haired orphan girl as one of their heroes.
A charming and faithful graphical adaptation of the children's classic. Some of the illustrations are truly beautiful. I did take issue with Anne's nose, however, which was not pretty or worthy of someone whose alter-ego is named Cordelia.
A couple of months ago I watched the Netflix series 'Anne with an E' this was my first time being properly introduced to the character of Anne Shirley. I have a vague memory of seeing part of the Anne of Green Gables film, but nothing concrete. This book is my first time reading anything from the world of Anne of Green Gables, although after reading this graphic novel I am itching to get my hands on the original books. Whilst I enjoyed how bright and colourful the illustrations were, they felt a little juvenile (very simple, and the characters had odd noses). Not that it changed how I felt about the book overall it was just obvious that this was created for a younger audience than I. But this filled me with such joy to read, because I realised how well the TV show did in staying true to the story, obviously because this is a graphic novel there is only so much it can include, I did notice some events were missing but overall it was an excellent introduction into Anne's life. Showing her life as a child as she transitions from orphan, to part of a loving family, into her teens. I hope that this will be part of a series, because I am very interested to see where the illustrator and author would take the story, plus it is a great way to introduce a whole new generation to the world of Green Gables.
I so enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of one of my absolute favorite childhood classics. I've been wanting to re-read this book since the new Netflix show came out, but it's in a box somewhere at my parent's house so it seemed like a lot of hassle. Then I came across this arc and I was thrilled! The art in this book is really great. I love the colors -- they are so vibrant. That said, I felt like parts were rushed because of how much ground needed to be covered. I definitely still enjoyed it, but I'm not sure that someone who has never read the book would feel the sort of emotional attachment to Matthew (for example) that they should. That said, I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it! Review forthcoming on my blog toward the end of the month as well in my graphic novels of August 2017 wrap up: firewhiskeyreader.com/blog
“Anne of Green Gables” has been one of my favourite books for 20 years, so when a friend told me about this graphic novel, I knew I have to read it. I think every person interested in this book already knows the story of Anne, so there’s no need to write a plot summary. I was a bit concerned if the authors were able to convey all the aspects of Montgomery’s classic on mere 230 illustrated pages, but they truly were. It’s very faithful to the original story - of course there’s less details, but all the important moments we love so dear are there: the great apology to Mrs. Lynde, breaking a slate on Gilbert’s head, Anne dyeing her hair green, Matthew’s failed attempt to buy a dress for her, and many, many more. As for the art style, the first thing I noticed were the bright, vivid colours, especially all the greens. The characters though need a little getting used to, because the illustrator - Brenna Thummler, has a very characteristic way of drawing people. I grew to like those new versions of Matthew, Marilla, Gilbert, Diana, and Mrs. Lynde, and their facial expressions - especially Marilla’s reactions to Anne’s words and actions. But Anne… I don’t know. I actually liked everything about her, except her face. Seriously, on some panels she looks like she’s about to eat your soul for breakfast. But if I just ignore this little fact, she’s the same Anne I know and love from the original book. In general, I think this book is a great tribute to L.M. Montgomery’s work. It’s a lovely, colourful, captivating read, perfect for all the “Anne of Green Gables” fans, as well as for those, who don’t know this lively, talkative redhead yet.
If you’ve followed me on twitter for any amount of time, you already know how much I love ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I know a lot of people think it’s too outdated but Anne Shirley is always going to be my kindred spirit. Since I was a kid, I’ve collected all sorts of editions of AoGG. Mass paperbacks, special editions, storybooks, movie books… you name it, I want it. So when I saw Dee’s August wrap up and realized there is an AoGG graphic novel coming out, you can be bet I jumped all over it. It’s the same ol’ story about Anne Shirley coming to Green Gables, the trouble she gets herself into, and the quieter (but still imaginative) young woman she grows in to. What sets this apart, of course, is the artwork. The designs are very simplistic but extremely beautiful and I think the plainness of the art lends itself well to the story. A lot of graphic novels lose their plot because the art just overpowers it but the original AoGG shines through here. The only reason I couldn’t give this graphic novel 5 stars is that I felt they left out some of the more important aspects of AoGG. It would have been nice to see more Anne and Matthew, and more Anne and Gilbert. While I think it hit the high points of the story, the best parts of AoGG are the little details. However, if you are an Anne Shirley fan, I definitely recommend this to you!
I'm almost ashamed to admit that I have never read the Anne books (I was an obsessive LHOTP reader...didn't "have time" for them). So really, I went into this GN blind, with no pre-conceptions. I found it delightful, colorful, and it made me smile. More importantly, it made me want to read the actual books. Lovely graphics that helped tell the story.
Such a charming rendition of a childhood favorite. There is always room for another way to enjoy the adventures of plucky Anne of Green Gables.
This book was so sweet. The tale of Anne of Green Gables is beautiful. I haven't yet read the novel by L.M Montgomery. The Graphic novel was such a splendid charming read. There aren't many characters who are so bubbly and a little bit of a handful like Anne. The illustrations by Brenna Thummler were done well and it only made me love the story even more with such vibrant colours. I think that reading graphic novel adaptations of classics are almost better and an easier read than the actual book because you can see it and there is less to read. I recommend this book to 9+ because of how easy it is to grasp the concept and lessons from this book because of the pictures. This was a quick enjoyable read with an amazing character and setting. 4.5/5
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this graphic novel! I knew of the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables on Netflix but I had never stopped to think or read up about Anne of Green Gables before. When I saw this adaption on a graphic novel, I decided to dive in and read it. I'm so glad I did! This graphic novel holds the whimsical spirit of a little girl and encapsulates everything that I would imagine a younger girl with an overactive imagination would act like. The artwork was beautiful and so unique, I loved it!
Reinterpreting a classic to graphic novel form can be a bit tricky, but I think Marsden really nailed it with Anne of Green Gables. I re-read the original book earlier this year, so the scenes and feeling of the story were still fresh in my memory when I began. The art style is very simple and vibrant, and really compliments the scenes. While a lot of the dense details of the story have been stripped, the overall feeling and magic of the original is conveyed wonderfully. The beauty of nature, Anne's fixation of having puffed sleeves, and the simple familiarity of the house at Green Gables really take you right back into the heart of the story. I don't know how engaging it would be for readers who haven't read the book first, but as a long time fan I loved seeing the scenes from my imagination unfold in a new form.
This is an incredible retelling of one of my most beloved books. They trimmed down a lot of the original book to fit the graphic novel format so if you read this and want to know more of the story I would highly suggest reading the L.M. Montgomery original. If you’ve read the original book and are dying for more of our beloved Anne then this book does the trick. They did an incredible job of trimming down the dialogue and other writing from the original book while also retaining the whimsy and heart of the book. The way the facial expressions and transition scenes are drawn make it feel like you aren’t missing out on anything. The art and the story pair beautifully together and I am really happy with the result. The art itself is absolutely stunning. The colors are really soft without losing their brightness and the line art is very charming and not too blocky. This makes it really fit the spirit of the original text. They also really captured the essence of the characters. The facial expressions REALLY add depth to the characters and lend an unspoken dialogue to replace the narrative nature of a “normal” book. Another thing the art did a good job of doing was showing what Anne was imagining or what was actually going on. It made the readers part of her imaginative, ever changing world. This did a wonderful job of retaining the charm of the original story while also giving us something new.
I've never read "Anne of Green Gables" as a book, but I really liked the story and the drawings of this Graphic Novel and I can definitely recommend it. It's really beautiful.
Anne, oh Anne. Growing up I fell in love with Anne and her imagination--so much so that I almost had my mother convinced that for my 16th birthday and following Christmas presents shouldn't be physical gifts but a trip to Green Gables. Alas, it did not work. But still, my love has persisted. This illustrated Anne of Green Gables touched on my love for all things Anne and while I wouldn't suggest it for people that haven't ever been introduced to Anne through the books or the movie (...or the Netflix series)--just because there is so much more for you to fall in love with through the other formats, I did enjoy the illustrations and the short dialogues that were still able to convey the adventure and imagination... and then growth of Anne of Green Gables.
The landscapes are where the art is strongest. But Marsden captures Anne's spirit perfectly here. It's a good and concise retelling of the first Anne book. And is the graveyard on page 224 a nod to LM Montgomery's MacNeill heritage and Macdonald marriage?
This year Anne of Green Gables has been immensely popular this year. This graphic novel is a faithful adaptation of the L. M. Montgomery book. The only thing I did not like about it is that the illustrations did not appeal to me. Still, this adaption will appeal to children and fans of Anne of Green Gables.
When I saw this on netgalley and that it was a graphic novel of Anne of green gables, I hopped on it so quick! THIS WAS SO GREAT. It had all my favorite parts of the book and portrayed all the characters so well and so accurate to the book. That was my favorite thing, how this was the book shortened down to a graphic novel! I was worried that the pacing might be hard, or the characters wouldn't come off the same, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would highly suggest reading the book before this though cause the pacing makes more sense after reading the book. Also this artwork was A++. The coloring was sooooo pretty and I can't wait to buy my own copy and reread it!
Growning up', Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite series. I haven't read the novels, but the graphic novel was a faithful representation of the series. Overall I enjoyed it. I would like to read rest of the story.
I make no secret of my love for the Anne books; it is unending and ardent and utterly complete. While I will confess to having a critical eye where each and any adaption of her story is concerned, I strive, nevertheless, to approach these new iterations with a heart that is open and optimistic. I am ever ready to embrace a fresh retelling, and I am so very happy to be able to welcome Marsden and Thummler’s efforts into the fold. This interpretation of Anne of Green Garbles follows very closely to the text and, more importantly, is kindred to the book’s spirit. (See what I did there? I know you did. Hey, stop rolling your eyes. This is what my Anne love does to me!) The artwork is eye-catching and a lovely reflection of Anne’s enchantment with the world around her. I do rather wish the character’s eyes were more than solid colored circles, especially when Anne’s are so often noted as being grey (in the books. See? I’m a stickler.) and here they are green, but I’m willing to overlook it. And I love, love that we’ve got a long haired, bearded Matthew. Speaking of things I love, I cannot tell you how happy I was to see the inclusion of the scene where Gilbert keeps Anne’s dropped flower. It’s a favorite moment of mine, and it is so often left out of adaptions! To switch from fangirl to librarian gear, I do find it interesting that while I generally don’t care for “juvenile adaptions” of classics, I really am all in favor of graphic novels. They add this extra layer of accessibility and appeal, and I adore them for providing an additional entryway to stories that some readers may have found barred to them or that they simply would never have bothered to explore. While I feel there are a few passages here that could bewilder without foreknowledge of the story, I really do think this adaptation of Anne of Green Gables has to potential to attract a swathe of new readers to the shores of PEI and world of Avonlea. I do hope that they continue with adaptations of the remainder of the Anne books. My inner fangirl is desperate for some “true” visual adaptions of the later books. (I want Miss Lavender! And Roy Gardner! Show me their house of dreams! And all those Blythe kids! Bring me Rilla!) If I can’t get it in film form, I will gladly throw my money at a graphic novel. And my professional self would like to be able to steer reluctant readers to these pages knowing that complete fulfillment awaits them.
I received an arc from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I read Anne of Green Gables for the very first time this year. However, I've loved the adaptation for years now. Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler adapted Anne's well loved story into a stunning graphic novel. The art work fits the story perfectly and they adapted the story faithfully. No major changes were made. The artists succeeded in bringing Anne's story to life in their illustrations. The atmosphere was captured wonderfully. I will definitely be purchasing this graphic novel when I get the chance! It's a must read for all fans of Anne of Green Gables! I hope they will continue adapting the rest of the series because I'm hooked! I gave Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel 5 stars! I fell in love with the illustrations from the first page. I can't recommend this graphic novel enough!
An original retelling of the classic children's book Anne of Green Gables in the form of a graphic novel. The illustrations are delightful and capture the nature and feel of L.M Montgomery's Avonlea and Anne Shirley. It is a good introduction to the series but will also be loved by those who have already taken Anne to their hearts.
I was so excited when I saw this book! Anne of Green Gables in graphic novel form! I love Anne and believe that her story is one that every reader can love and enjoy. As much as I love LM Montgomery, sometimes her prose can be too much for young readers, and I was hoping this graphic novel would be a good fit for those readers. At first I found the change in writing style I little bit hard to get past, but pretty quickly I feel in love with Anne and all her adventures. The illustrations were so beautiful and managed to capture the emotions and feelings of the characters and settings in such an exceptional way. I can't wait to give this book to all the kids I know!
Ever since my mom read Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables to me as a small child, Anne has been a favorite of mine. I adored the book, watched the movies, and immersed myself in the recent Neflix series, Anne With an E. And really, what’s not to like? L.M.’s Anne is strong, spunky, and utterly hilarious. She’s a young female character who breaks the mold and shows girls that it’s okay (or even super great) to have a wild imagination and speak your mind. I can see why some might be a tad hesitant to read this graphic novel adaptation, seeing as new versions of books sometimes don’t live up to the originals; however, I, for one, am so glad that I read this adaptation, for it truly is a wonderful retelling of the classic. The writer, Mariah Marsden, stays very faithful to how I remember the original storyline. (Although it has been a while since I’ve read Anne of Green Gables.) She does a fantastic job of working with the artist to transport the reader into Anne’s world. My only complaint writing-wise is that some parts of the book (mainly transitions) felt rushed. I felt like it could have been longer, especially considering how quick of a read it is. Brenna Thummler’s illustrations are magnificent. The style and the colors feel spot-on;, and the characters and settings are just how I imagined them to be. The drawings are simplistic, yet still completely gorgeous. I especially adored Thummler’s beautiful landscapes. I found the characters’ eyes to be sort of creepy—they looked empty, more like doll eyes than the eyes of a real person—but other than that, I have nothing but praise for the artwork. The quick and easy-to-read graphic novel format makes this book a great introduction to Anne’s story, especially for reluctant young readers who may be intimidated by the original. I feel confident that my tween siblings will enjoy this book, and I will definitely be recommending it to them. (Including my 11-year-old brother who only wants to read comics and sports books.) That said, I am in no way a reluctant reader, and I still loved this adaptation despite having read the original; it was so much fun to read this fresh take on one of my favorite childhood books. All in all, Marsden and Thummler did a fantastic job creating a graphic novel adaptation of a beloved story that is sure to please kindred spirits new and old alike. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My love for Anne of Green Gables is on a level that is the highest of levels. I never lose on an opportunity to read or watch anything Anne related. So when I saw this graphic novel for grabs I got it. I loved revisiting Avonlea through this fairly great version of my beloved book. The art was quite good in this. I didn't outright love some of it but it was beautiful nonetheless. This graphic novel captured the essence of the original novel and made me nostalgic enough to go read the original again. Special thanks to netgalley for this review copy.
*thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. I really enjoyed this. Having not read 'Anne of Green Gables' before, this introduction to the story was a wonderful read. The artwork is really good and I enjoyed looking at all the drawings and the colours. Its a definite must if you are a fan of the classic novel, or even if like me, you have never read the story before, this is a great way to start. I can see myself reading and re-reading this as its a quick read, but theres nothing negative about that. Im probably going to end up buying it when it comes out as an actual book, and im really looking forward to doing that.
Lovely adaptation to a graphic novel. I thought the illustrations were ok - had to grow on me. But the text was adapted nicely and it made me fall in love with the story all over again.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book so much, I can't even explain my feelings. Anne of Green Gabled is my childhood and now this new version of that.... it was lovely and touching and I had tears in my eyes. Gosh, I feel so satisfied. This was so good. I'm in love.
Anne of Green Gables: Hell to the graphic novel YEAH! I grew up eating a lot of cheesy macaroni and hanging around women who obsessed over Anne of Green Gables. They watched the films, read the books, pretended to be the characters. I understood macaroni but failed to understand the pull people had for Avonlea. As I got older, I gained an appreciation. My reading branched out to more than just Stephen King and Hardy Boys. I read the first book in the series and evolved into a big bearded dude who doesn't change the channel when some variation comes on the Hallmark channel. Netflix launched 'Anne with an E' and I holed up in the bedroom with my wife to consume it. I nearly peed myself when I found out a new Graphic Novel was slated for release. Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel (Brenna Thummler, Mariah Marsden) 232 pages Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-10: 144947960X ISBN-13: 978-1449479602 I will refrain from a full plot review. Everyone knows what happens in this story. If you do not know the story, buy this comic and allow it to be an easy stepping stone. I have to say that "stoked" is an inaccurate description of how pleased I was to get an early look at this stellar Anne of Green Gables Graphic Novel. Beautiful presentation and respectful of the original work and its fanbase. Marsden did a wonderful job adapting the story for a comic format. Immense Green Gables fans can rest easy knowing that the original book is treated with love. Many sections play out the plotline in detail. Other key scenes in the story are vignettes, moving forward quickly rather than dwelling. Marsden keeps the story moving and ensures all reads are aware if what is happening, why it is important and doesn't dawdle. The artwork... Thummler is the star of this effort. The artwork is seriously amazing. Watching Anne grow from awkward orphan to young woman organically flowed across the pages. Thummler captured the changes in seasons for both Gables and Anne alike. This Graphic Novel is a beautiful testament to the classic. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are wonderful and generous loving parents. Diana is a bosom friend. Aunt Josephine is a strong example. Mrs. Lynde stays nosy and powerful. And Gilbert- he remains the steadfast friend Anne refuses to acknowledge. -- Disclosure: This Graphic Novel was supplied to me for review purposes by the author or publisher. With great power comes great sandwich making responsibilities. I have said power and will make fine sammiches for all who ask. The publisher did not ask for a sammich.
Wonderful adaptation of Anne of Green Gables! The art style was beautiful and really gave off the feel of living in Anne's world. It was great to revisit this beloved story in graphic novel form. I can't wait to see a finished copy!
A comic adaption of the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. 11-year-old Anne is an orphan adopted by Matthew and Marilla, siblings, when they decide they need another hand around the farm. She takes everyday moments and turns them into something thrilling and brilliant! I requested the book spur of the moment after I saw it a couple of times on the graphic novels page. I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was young, it was an old television show and I adored it! I can't remember if I ever read the books or not... but a friend is reading the series and loves them, so I thought this would be a great thing to try so I could talk to her about it. I was attracted to the art from just the cover but I loved the art style even more when I opened the book! I really felt like the art style captures Anne and her wildly fluctuating emotions so well and it hearkens to the time period this story is set in. There is such a wonderful use of perspective and white space in the frames. I didn't mind the subtle expressions and I loved the colorful palette. GAH!! The art TOTALLY MAKES the graphic novel!! Anne's exuberance and EMOTIONS are captured so well in the art. It's not just the face but the body and how its used in the frames that so essentially captures Anne. She has her specific hangups and boy does she feel wildly and long!! I love her flights of fancy! How she gets into trouble yet how plain delightful she is! Even though this is set in a historical time period I think girls today can still relate to Anne. And even though its been a while since I knew this character it feels like the Anne that I fell in love with... A lot of effort was made to include the most important people in Anne's life and I like how balanced they were. Matthew and Marilla and their own take on how they think Anne should be raised. Hats off to Matthew and how he would stand up to Marilla when he felt it important. Her bosom friend Diana who she nearly had to break up with! GAH! Her apology to Mrs. Lynde made me gasp... And her developing relationship with Gilbert and her friends... WOW! I was totally captured by their relationships with Anne... The most important events that mark Anne's life have been teased out and drawn up. While I got everything I needed to about Anne and her relationships I did think the plot advanced quickly. Too quickly for my taste. I would love to have felt more of the character arc that was in the book. I didn't struggle understanding anything or feel there were gaps but it felt more like a memoir rather than a story. While I wanted a little more definition to the story I was very into what was happening with Anne at every stage of her life and I felt for her at each of her milestones. I liked where the end went to and how it got a lot more plot centered with the characters all playing their parts. I was really satisfied with the point they left the story on but I almost think it would have been better to develop this into 2 volumes or even 1 volume per book. (There would have been more room to linger on the characters in Anne's life rather than relegating them to bit parts! Which incidentally isn't wrong just would have been fun...) Really I quite LOVED this book and read the first 35% without meaning too having only intended on getting to the right page to start and ended up just reading and reading, consuming the story!! I laughed and cried with this short little volume and loved every minute of it... I feel like the art is SO GOOD that this is a nifty little volume to buy and keep as a coffee table book that you or even guests can flip through and use as a conversation starter. I would totally read another volume of this became a series! And these illustrators are some talented artists to watch… BOTTOM LINE: Perfect for those emotion filled girls in your life!
A lovely adaptation of a lovely book. I really can't think of any nitpicks or criticisms to improve it, but I'm not as familiar with the original book as many people are. The art is especially beautiful, especially with the landscapes. It makes it very easy to understand how quickly Anne could fall in love with Avonlea.
I saw this on NetGalley and I was like I. WANT. IT. NOW. so I requested it right away. I love Anne of Green Gables so much and I always hate that I didn't read it when I was younger. It just didn't seem interesting back then. But now I love it and this graphic novel was very good. The illustrations were beautiful and the color scheme was fantastic. Of course, the pacing is different in a graphic novel than in the actual book, but I enjoyed the whole experience. It still feels the same as reading the books.
I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation as a way for me to discover what Anne of Green Gables is about - I've long heard of it, and never picked up a copy - and on this twee evidence won't ever again. Still, the jaunty, old-fashioned girl-bait is quite pleasing in this form - the use of still, silent images is good and the dappled effect when walking through the woods throughout the seasons really does make for many an appealing visual image. Plotwise? Not my thing - but devotees of the original would feel well-served.
I haven't read this classic before, and I am not familiar with the story at all! But I really enjoyed it. I read it in one sitting, and it truly warmed my heart. And it made me interested in reading the original classic. The illustrations are incredible, and the dialogue is really good. It made Anne come to life! Anne is such an interesting and high-spirited character. As I said, I haven't read the original classic, so I don't know if the graphic novel missed some important parts of it or not, but to me, this didn't feel rushed.
This was a wonderfully charming adaptation of L. M. Montgomery's beloved classic. Anne's spirit came alive in this book, and I can't say enough praise about the illustrations. The parts of the story retold here were well chosen, and overall, I didn't feel like anything was missing. Colors were wonderful and landscapes, porches and even people were a delight to look at - very similar to how I have visualized the book the first time I read it. Obviously a great amount of work and effort went into creating this, but I think it payed back. No doubt this little graphic novel will gather positive reviews from the one familiar with the original and non familiar alike. I don't hesitate to recommend this. Do you like your characters witty, dialogue smart, story entertaining? Do you enjoy coming-of-age franchise with old school charm and green meadows of childhood? Then run, don't walk, to read this book. Grab it and savor it. (And don't miss the original novel if you didn't read it already - but I think a reread won't hurt!)
This book is so lovely. The illustrations are gorgeous. The book is very well written. I have never read Anne before today but look forward to reading the books that inspired this one. My sister in law is a huge fan of Anne so I plan to recommend this book to her.
As a lifelong lover of Anne of Green Gables, I was captured right from this graphic novels' dedication, which reads: "To Lucy Maud Montgomery, who reminds us that nothing is more important than a girl with an imagination." I could not have better summarized the impact that L.M. Montgomery's books made on me as a young girl, and I know that the person I am today was shaped by my love of the wonderful female characters she gave us. One of the things that Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummier do brilliantly in this graphic novel adaptation is capture the "feel" of Anne. The first few pages have very few words. We are introduced to Marilla, Matthew and Rachel Lynde and, other than in the scene where Rachel goes to talk to Marilla, there are very few printed words. Matthew and Marilla are quiet people and they live in a quiet little town, on a quiet little farm. When Anne enters the scene, the number of words on the page immediately increases, and you can feel the passion and energy of a girl who loves to talk. Anne's speech bubbles often fill almost the entire panel and it feels like they might burst out and of the square, she is full of energy and the drawing style makes that immediately clear. The wordless pages don't disappear, because Avonlea continues to be a quiet town, and Anne does have her reflective and deep moments, but where there is Anne the silence does not last for long. The graphic novel includes the most memorable scenes from the book, including the most famous scene where Anne crashes her head over Gilbert Blythe's head, the episode where she dies her orange hair green, and the unfortunate event where she accidentally gets Diana Barry drunk. And of course, in what may be the most beautiful pages of the book, we get Anne's love of a world that includes Octobers. The creators also include the scenes that show us Anne's strength and character - such as when she saves the youngest Barry child from Croup, when she finally admits to Gilbert that she forgave him all those years ago, and of course when she gives up her schooling dreams to stay home with Marilla. One thing I will say, though I hesitate to list it as a negative, is that it did take me a bit to decide whether I liked the art style of this book. Though I loved the landscapes and backgrounds from the very beginning, I was not initially sure if I liked how the people were drawn. In the end, though the people may not have been my favourite, I did fall in love with the style and the overall effect of the art. And the backgrounds more than made up for the times when I didn't love the character drawings. The only other downside to this graphic novel was that it ended much sooner than I wanted it to. I went into it hesitant, because any adaptation to your favourite things is a bit scary, and I came out hoping upon hope that they will decide to make another installment in this series. If you, like me, are a lover of "that Anne girl," this book will be a wonderful addition to your collection, and an excellent book to introduce a young reader into the world of Anne. I know that I will be adding this adaptation to my shelf. I give this book a 4.5 stars out of 5.
Book received from NetGalley. I loved this, absolutely loved it. I have been a huge fan of Anne since my Grandmother bought me my first book back when I was a child. This is a good adaption of L.M. Montgomery's work. There were a few changes to the original novel, but I think it made the graphic novel flow better and it didn't cause me to complain about the changes. I think this could be a good introduction to the Anne series for younger readers, and most people who are already fans of the series should enjoy it as well.
I saw Anne with and E on Netflix and ever since I finished it, I've been curious about the books. I thank the stars for having the opportunity to find and read it. I loved it from the first page. The drawings are exquisite and the dialogues made me laugh (specially when it was said by Marilla or Mrs Lynde). I felt Anne was so relatable and each picture captured the characters perfectly( the secret smiles, the side-eyes, etc.). I confess I cried when I saw Matthew's funeral and Anne's grief. Though the time jumps confused me for a moment, this book surprised me in many ways and I do recommend it in every possible way.
This graphic novel was a very enjoyable read. The art work is beautiful, above all, the illustrator's use of colours, especially all the natural greens in the outdoor scenes. I haven't read the novel, only seen TV adaptations, so can't say how close to the original it is, but it read like little excerpts from Anne's life.
Not only did I get approved for an e-galley of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, I also won a physical Advance Reader’s Copy from the publisher. I was SO excited when it arrived. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite stories. The graphic novel did not disappoint! I only have two complaints: Anne’s nose was distracting and sometimes things happened too quickly. Seriously! That’s it! I had fun reading it, and I hope that Mariah Marsden makes the rest of the series into graphic novels as well.
As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. What a year it has been for our beloved Anne Shirley! L.M. Montgomery's classic tale, Anne of Green Gables, has recently been adapted for a new generation in 'Anne With An E' (currently streaming on Netflix) and now a brand-new graphic novel, adapted by Mariah Marsden and illustrated by Brenna Thummler, is set to further win the hearts of new and old readers alike. Anne Shirley has charmed generations of readers--and that feeling is no different in the graphic novel. One of the things that always gets to me about Anne of Green Gables, is that feeling of whimsy and spark that came with the original tale. Luckily for us, this translates beautifully both on screen and in this new release. I've always felt that the sign of a good novel is that, upon reading it, it feels equally new and familiar all at once. Anne of Green Gables has always felt like a piece of home to many of us and to see it treated with such respect, easily wins our hearts. In fact, Anne and Green Gables are just as they ever were. It is a delight seeing the story explored in such a heartfelt and vivid way; you don't have to be a fan or a young reader to enjoy this adaptation of it. Importantly, it makes you feel so much for it and the themes that are portrayed. Seeing the words put to tone with new illustrations--an entirely different view of the story--feels real and right. There's a lot to be seen and being able to put these images together with the story itself just feels like it should. It feels like home. It feels like we're experiencing these familiar elements only with new eyes. The vision behind it is incredible and just as you'd hope for it to be. It's no easy task to breathe life into a classic story and to illustrate it in a way that will appeal to new readers and those who've spent virtually their entire lives growing up with this story. But Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel rises to the occasion and takes us to a place of beauty, innocence, whimsy and life. As soon as you begin it, you can see the care that was put into accurately adapting this delightful tale--it's captured the very essence of Montgomery's world with a graceful ease and leaves readers feeling captivated. I adored the vibrance of seeing Anne Shirley in this format and can only hope to see more. There's so much soul in the original classic and, somehow, this one matches it squarely. I loved Anne of Green Gables as a girl and I love her still. One of the best adaptations of the year and full of some of the loveliest illustrations yet. I can't wait to buy a copy for my friends daughter--she is at that age where it's about time she met Anne Shirley. No one could have placed so much heart and respect into Anne Shirley as this incredible team.
What a delightful adaptation of a beloved classic! The illustration style is absolutely enchanting, I found myself going over certain pages several times, just taking in the details. Marsden did an excellent job of capturing Anne's fiery and imaginative spirit in the narrative. Highly recommended for fans of the original, and newcomers alike.
This book is a gorgeous adaptation of the beloved classic. The lush colours, the poignant use of dialogue and text ... I'm stunned.
An amazing way to retell a classic. I never considered a graphic novel of the story of Anne but now I believe this was the perfect medium to share her story. The art is beautiful and the spirit of the original book translated very well. I will definitely be rereading this over and over.
Reading this graphic novel gave me so much nostalgia. I remember waiting for the morning news program to end so I can finally watch anime and cartoons before I play outside. One of the cartoons that I was regularly anticipating is Anne of Green Gables. Oohh, I love her. I remember having such wild imaginations like her and being involve in some kind of trouble every second of the day. Having said that, I confess that I sadly haven't read Anne of Green Gables because I'm not really into classics. So when an opportunity appeared to read Anne of Green Gables as a graphic novel, I immediately took it and devoured this book in less than an hour! I'm so inlove with the art style. It's very beautiful and atmospheric and it definitely succeeded in transporting me into the Green Gables. A graphic novel of a wonderful classic such as Anne of Green Gables is definitely a great idea to get people to read classics. Definitely enjoyed reading this!
I was introduced to Anne as a child and she has had a place in my heart ever since. When I found out that there was a graphic novel version I knew I just had to read it. I will admit I was very skeptical and I was prepared to be disappointed. I knew I would only enjoy it if it remained true to the original work. Did it ever! It was so very amazing!!! I cannot wait to share this with everyone I know, both Anne lovers and those who have yet to get to know her. The illustrations are also beautiful and bright. My children cannot wait to read it.
I read Anne of Green Gables this year and I loved it. The story is magical and funny. The characters are very complex, and I ended up loving all of them. It's incredible how much Anne grows. I think this graphic novel is as good as the books. The art is beautiful, warm colors that go perfectly with the mode of the story. And the characters' faces! I could see their emotions in their expressions. Green Gables is beautiful and I loved it. The only problem is that the characters don't have the complexity of the books, and it's harder to understand their relationship with Anne. Which makes this graphic novel feel more like a companion, or maybe as a beginning to the story.
It's been many years since I read Anne of Green Gables. As a Canadian girl, this was part of our "required reading." This is a great graphic novel adaptation. Marsden stays faithful to the original story. It is also very brief because a lot is said through the illustrations rather than words. I loved Anne (with an 'e')! She's funny, sarcastic, and dramatic. She kept me laughing through the whole book. I liked the bright illustrations in the story. They would be very appealing to young children. Anne reminded me a lot of the girl who plays her on the most recent TV series, so she looks like the contemporary image of Anne. This graphic novel would be great for fans of the original novel and new readers! I highly recommend it.
<I>Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early October.</I> A pretty Mucha-style use of sketch & watercolored backdrops with a doll-like character rendering frames Anne's creative, just-so, Quixotic, and spirited dialogue very well, while Marilla looks lean and put-upon, and Matthew rather a lot like a sad, friendless Viking.
An absolutely lovely adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. The art and colors perfectly capture the tone, and the book covers all the necessary highlights of the book to tell the story. Wonderful for fans of the original and new readers alike. It's a great way to introduce reluctant readers into classics of children's literature.
A lovely adaptation of a favorite literary classic, perfect for reluctant readers and those who might find dense amounts of text hard to get through or intimidating. Lovely art and of course lovely content, true to the original.
This graphic novel retelling of the classic children's book is one of the best I have come across. It is honest to the original and the lovely artwork makes up for a delightful reread. Loved it. Recommend reading it. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity, as always.
The classic story of Anne of Green Gables is brought to life in this stylistic and heartfelt graphic novel. The story is as charming as ever, and the graphic illustrations bring a soft warmth to the familiar characters. This is a good introduction to the series for reluctant readers; they will be intrigued enough to go back and read the source.
Cute. I liked it. Quick read. It makes me want to read the book.
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fun, light-hearted read about an optimistic orphan girl named Ann. Her world changes when she's adopted and from there we follow her growing up in Green Gables. She learns many valuable life lessons and learns the true meaning of love and family. Adorable story!
The adaptation for this story is so good!!! I really enjoyed reading this book! The illustrations are so good! I haven't read the original story but I got a good idea what it was about, is perfect forbids and for everyone who likes visual content in a story.
A very accessible version of this lovely tale! The artwork quickly grew on me, and though I wouldn’t normally think a graphic novel would be the perfect format for Anne it really was!
The illustrations are absolutely stunning. Loved every bit of it. Took me back to my childhood days :)
I've never read the actual book that was the original source material, so reading this graphic novel was all new to me. I see a trend of classical literature being adapted into manga and graphic novels, which I believe is a brilliant concept because younger readers in today's generation usually don't like reading classics. Overall, I really enjoyed this and the amazing illustrations.
What a wonderful reimagining of Anne of Green Gables! The illustrator did such a great job of telling the story with unique art style and detail. I hope they continue with the series as I remember the other books in the series were delightful!
I read Anne of Green Gables when I was in middle school and it became one of my favorites. Being a fellow redhead I related to Anne's feeling about her red hair. I also really loved her imagination and there is so much about family and friendship. Anne of Green Gables is just so magical. I was thrilled when I found out there was a graphic novel of green gables. I couldn't wait to dive back into one of my favorite books! I loved how beautiful the art was! It really brought Anne and her story to life! I really enjoyed this beautiful graphic novel!
5/5 STARS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I want to start off by thanking Andrews McMeel Publishing and Mariah Marsden on NetGalley for supplying me with an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. SPOILERS AHEAD: I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, going into this, I had absolutely no idea what this was other than a graphic novel based on a beloved children's classic. But that didn't stop me from being drawn completely in from the moment I flipped through those first few pages. The art alone was so incredibly beautiful, not to mention the story that helped create one of my now favorite classics of all time. I can't even remember the last time I digested a book so quickly. Each character is loveable in their own unique way. I can recall at least two occasions where I quickly changed my mind on disliking two characters minutes after their introduction. And don't even get me started on the relationships formed between Anne and those that surrounded her. Matthew and Marilla, Diana, and Mrs. Lynde were amongst my favorites. And Gilbert. I couldn't help but ship the pair from the moment he grabbed her braids! Definitely not his shining moment, but he's a true gem. I cannot express enough how much I recommend reading this book, whether it's the original format that I wish to cross off next, or this beauty that I am reviewing before you. Thank goodness for Netflix and all its glory because I now need another Anne fix and with the show, hopefully it will do it justice. Until next time, happy reading!
I thought this was utterly charming. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and really bring the characters and the landscape to life. I loved the dynamic between Matthew, Marilla and Anne, and I especially loved the scenes of Anne and Diana's blooming friendship. From the first few pages this graphic novel really conjured up the essence of the original book. It does seem to really pick up the pace in the second half though, with whole years whipping by. I wish it could've been twice as long. I was sorry to reach the end.
Love this adaption of Anne of Green Gables. It is a wonderful way to enjoy a favorite in a different way. The graphics are beautiful and very well done. I recommend this book if you enjoy Anne's stories as well as if you enjoy a variety of graphic novels -- this is a winner.
Never read any book this quickly. And laughed, loved and cried all the same. It is so so good. As they say , there is always a reason why we love children classics so much. The illustration, the dialogues are so fine and accurate. Beautiful piece of art.
This is an absolutely amazing story & a beautiful edition. I love Anne, Marilla & Matthew and I adore the relationship they have. Anne really is like I imagine myself to have been when I was little. Full of life and imagination, very talkative, clumsy, and a lover of learning. The graphic novel made the story really fast and it kept my attention (which is a real victory since you will have defeated my ADHD). I will definitely be picking up the regular books & hopefully I will enjoy them the same or more :)
This book is so beautifully done. The art is great and the way it’s spread is done sucked me in just as the book it’s self did.
The illustrations alone make this worthy of any bookshelf. The story came together so wonderfully in this format. One graphic novel I know my own child will delight in every single time she opens it.
I love Anne of Green Gables. I used to watch the animated version when I was a little kid, and earlier this year I watch the series on Netflix. hands down it were one of the best Netflix series ever. and now recently I stumbled upon this in NetGalley. I couldn't pass it out. The drawings are full of color and art itself is very simple, nothing too much. I felt most of the characters were well represented. although I wished to see more of Mathew and Maryla, I don't know maybe just because I love them soo much. It's quite rare to see grown-up siblings that have a solid-unique relationship in books. As of Anne, of course, the lovely Anne, I kind of see her as someone I could be friends with back in school but also the type of friend you all ways have a few fights with. There is really not much I could say about this book other than it's a great, fun, and quick read, and it makes a great gift for classic lovers, little girls, and anyone whos looking for a new graphic novel.
I have been meaning to read Anne of Green Gables for years upon years. About a month ago I picked up the audiobook and decided to listen/read it. I really enjoyed the story. It was so beautiful in it's simplicity. When I saw there was a graphic novel on netgalley, I immediately had to download it and read it. The artwork in this book is spectacular. It's beautifully done and just transports you to the lake of shining waters and makes you feel almost as if you're there with Anne enjoying the day. I loved how simplistic the story was and how placing into a graphic novel just seemed to work. The artwork is simplistic yet complex in its variety of colors and beauty. With reading the book just a few weeks ago, I did notice a bit of the story missing or redone which is completely understandable. You can't fit everything in all the time. I mention this solely for those kids who might decide to read this instead of the book for school. All in all, this graphic novel expertly shows you the simplicity of the story and enhances it with the beautiful artwork. If you love Anne of Green Gables, I highly recommend taking a look at this. It's spectacular!
Thank you netgalley, the author and publisher for providing me a free digital copy of Anne of Green Gables, graphic book, and giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. It is my first time reading Anne of Green Gables, I felt in love with the story. It was funny, beautiful and heartbreaking. A story that will stick with you forever. The illustrations were so much fun and full of colors. They add something special to the story. This graphic novel is an excellent way to encourage the ounger reader to read classic novels and especially to read Anne of Green Gabled.
A stunning array of beautiful images tell this shortened classic story. Nothing is left out though as we route for orphan Anne as she is mistakingly placed as a farm hand. Her spirit comes through well in the art and the tale remains as touching as always. A joy to read. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley in providing me with a copy of this in return for a honest review.
'Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel' is an adaptation of the novel by L.M. Montgomery adapted by Mariah Marsden with illustrations by Brenna Thummler. It's a very fine retelling of this story. When brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert struggle to keep their farm running, they decide to send for an orphan to help out. They hope for a boy, but what they get is Anne. She brings joy and a little chaos into their lives with her ever running imagination and exuberance. Over time, she wins them over and Green Gables becomes Anne's home. Anne's mishaps are hilarious and her remorse over them is sweet. I've read the book and seen a movie or two. I also gave this the true test and let my great niece read it. She loved it. I asked her what I should rate it, and she gave it four stars. I can't argue with that. This is a fine adaptation. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” #NadirasPointOfReview: Anne of Green Gables - A Graphic Novel – original by L.M. Montgomery. #Synopsis: When brother-sister duo Matthew and Marilla 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 is a chatty and spirited girl who takes Green Gables by storm. Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary and makes everyone fall in love with her. Including me. Can you believe a graphic novel made me cry and be tearful!! I have never read this classic before but saw everyone bewitched by this classic children’s tale. I now understand why this classic is so beloved among readers! The graphic novel was stunning from the very cover and 1st page! The glorious Green Gables totally came to life and the story is so emotional – the expressions and illustrations so apt. I really loved how chatty, optimistic and imaginative Anne with an e was and how her sponsors fall in love with her. So so touching! Perfect book to pick up for classic-haters. Totally enjoyable! 5-stars! Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great adaptation of L. M. Montgomery classic novel Anne of Green Gables. I've read the original earlier this year, and it was great to revisit this world, so, then, I can finally continue with this series.
Anne for the Next Generation! Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books from childhood, but it’s hard to convince kids these days to pick it up. This graphic novel is the perfect way to entice my students to get into the story! It is true to the story and quite readable, a great adaptation. As for the illustrations, the scenery/backgrounds are lovely, although the people are not quite what I would have hoped.
LOVE THIS! What a delight! This edition is so far my favorite of all graphic novel editions of Anne of Green Gables. The illustration style is totally gorgeous, with all the soft colors, neat brush strokes and pen lines. When this book hit the shelves, I AM DEFINITELY PICKING UP A COPY FOR MYSELF. ------------------ Overall: 5/5 Illustrations: 5/5 (LOVE IT!) Cover: 5/5 Will I Buy It: YES. WITH CAPITALS.
What a beautiful way to enter the world of Green Gables and Avonlea. I loved the spunky portrayal of Anne which was every bit the way I remembered her and still so much more.
A lovely re-imagining of an American classic in a new format. The story remains as relevant and heart warming and the illustrations really bring the character of Anne to life. I really hope the bring out the rest of the series in this format.