The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Papercutz Classics Illustrated Series)

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Presenting Mark Twain’s timeless stories of Tom Sawyer and his friends Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn, brilliantly brought to graphic novel through Frederique Voulyze’s vibrant art. Sawyer’s adventures including pirating on the Mississippi River, schoolyard fisticuffs, and his genius fence-painting scheme, haven’t lost any of their appeal over a hundred years after Twain first wrote this classic novel. Almost every young boy or girl fantasizes of tagging along with Tom and Huck, sharing their incredible ...

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Overview

Presenting Mark Twain’s timeless stories of Tom Sawyer and his friends Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn, brilliantly brought to graphic novel through Frederique Voulyze’s vibrant art. Sawyer’s adventures including pirating on the Mississippi River, schoolyard fisticuffs, and his genius fence-painting scheme, haven’t lost any of their appeal over a hundred years after Twain first wrote this classic novel. Almost every young boy or girl fantasizes of tagging along with Tom and Huck, sharing their incredible escapades. Through Morvan’s adaptation and Voulyze’s art, the reader can live the fantasy of exploring the muddy banks of the Mississippi, tagging along with Tom and his friends through experiences that never grow old.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up–Tom Sawyer, that original American bad boy, returns in graphic-novel format. The manga-influenced, full-color illustrations bring a new level of dynamism to a text that is already quite dramatic, what with its murder, buried treasure, youthful romance, and presumed deaths. (Tom himself is thought dead twice.) This version doesn’t shy away from the culture of the time; Injun Joe is still Injun Joe and Tom’s bare backside still has many run-ins with Aunt Polly’s slipper. In regard to the latter, there is brief, occasional nudity as a result of the skinny-dipping and spankings, but nothing gratuitous. While the overall work is of a generally high quality, it is not perfect. Visually, it is often difficult to distinguish among the supporting characters. In addition, the speech balloons are occasionally confusing, leaving readers unsure of who is speaking. Despite those minor flaws, this volume serves as a fine introduction to the story, the author, and his time and place.–Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597071536
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Papercutz Classics Illustrated Series , #4
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,244,036
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean David Morvan is a French comics writer who has scripted many graphic novels for Delcourt. He currently writes "Spirou et Fantasio," "Sir Pyle,"

"Merlin" and "Wake" in France where he lives and works. He has been nominated multiple times for the Youth Comics Award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France.

Severine Lefebvre is a frequent collaborator of Jean David Morvan. She is deeply influenced by Japanese Manga, especially the films of Hayao Miyazaki.

In addition to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Lefebvre has illustrated "The Wake Chronicles" graphic novels as well as provide the illustration for poetry collections in France.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    In Lefèbvre¿s bio at the back of the book, she states that The A

    In Lefèbvre’s bio at the back of the book, she states that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is her first full-length graphic novel.  
    That is surprising!  Her manga-inspired artwork visually puts a new spin on Tom Sawyer for a new generation of readers.  
    The color palette manages to be quaint yet fun and vibrant at the same time and still respectful to the historical period.  
    The artwork for the town and interiors of buildings and homes is very picturesque and captures the essence of this
    Mississippi River rural community from long ago quite well.  The characters wear their hearts on their sleeve, their
    manga-inspired facial expressions are full of emotion which adds another layer of interest to the story.

    Admittedly, I have not read the novel, so I cannot state with authority how well the adaptation was done. But with the
    graphic novel clocking in at 144 pages and with plenty of dialogue boxes, I feel the story had plenty of time to develop
    and be a respectful homage to Twain’s original text.  A good fun read for a young reader.
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    Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy from Papercutz.  The opinions are my own.

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