Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: RL Stevenson's Strange Case

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: RL Stevenson's Strange Case

by Cam Kennedy

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Good and evil, right and wrong. Both are seen through the eyes of John Utterson, a lawyer and friend of the scientist Dr. Jekyll. After hearing the alarming account of the horrendous trampling of a small girl “like some damned juggernaut” by a violent man named Mr. Hyde, who also holds a connection to the lawyer’s dear friend, Utterson’s…  See more details below


Good and evil, right and wrong. Both are seen through the eyes of John Utterson, a lawyer and friend of the scientist Dr. Jekyll. After hearing the alarming account of the horrendous trampling of a small girl “like some damned juggernaut” by a violent man named Mr. Hyde, who also holds a connection to the lawyer’s dear friend, Utterson’s curiosity gets the better of him and he begins to investigate. As he probes further into the events and the hidden life of Mr. Hyde, Utterson slowly uncovers a terrifying and ghastly story.

This graphic novel adaptation of RL Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde brings together the creative comic “dream team” of Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy and is a follow-up to their first collaboration, Kidnapped — The Graphic Novel.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Kidnapped:
“This is an adaptation done absolutely right.” — Booklist

“Grant’s sensitive selection of prose and Kennedy’s colorful art applications result in a vibrant, unified effect . . .”
ForeWord Magazine

Children's Literature - Maureen Riley
Conceived as a novella more than a century ago, this story's conflict is timeless—which character of a man's nature shall prevail in his life, good or evil? Since this graphic novel adaptation of the Stevenson classic remains quite faithful to the language of the original, it must be asked if a modern middle school student can follow the vernacular of a Scotsman writing in 1886. Perhaps a comic book format makes the vocabulary less daunting, the stretch less strenuous. Illustrator Cam Kennedy realized his responsibility to work with the text, to "open up the text so that people will say: ?This looks interesting.'" The gothic drawings do indeed draw the reader into the content, assisted immensely by a collaborative web site arising from the book's choice as a "One Book-One Edinburgh" read in 2008. Site visitors can read background material from the production team, ink in templates from the book, and even practice higher level thinking by creating alternate story endings. The added engagement for the reader will reward the extra effort necessary for what could be a difficult read. Reviewer: Maureen Riley
VOYA - Daphne Dort
Its new design as a comic book gives the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a new level of entertainment. The moral of the story is still intact. It shows that only a friend-a true friend-can tell the difference between the person you are and the person you have become. And only then will the change be known to others. The book is interesting, but it's only good for those who are into comics. Also I would recommend this to those who are younger than me. Reviewer: Daphne Dort, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Kimberly A. Paone
Stevenson's classic tale takes on a new format in a vivid graphic novel. This mysterious story of the struggle between good and evil is one that has been popular since its publication and continues to hold its appeal. Much about this adaptation honors the original version of the story-the language of the period remains true, and the drawings of 1880s London and the furnishings and fashion within it are realistic as well. Of course, in condensing a novella into forty pages of sparse text and pictures, some of the original story is necessarily left behind, but Grant does a good job of capturing the essence and the horror of Stevenson's work. In this age of manga mania, there may be less interest in a graphic novel of this kind, but it will undoubtedly find an audience with students who enjoy the classics. Teachers looking to engage reluctant readers might find success through this format as well. Also available from Grant and Kennedy is a graphic adaptation of Stevenson's Kidnapped. Reviewer: Kimberly A. Paone
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

This classic has tremendous modern appeal. A complex detective story for the most part, this adaptation depicts the gaslight era of London in all its gloomy grandeur. Topcoats, top hats, funereal suits, walking canes, and roaring fires all play prominently in the artwork. Most of the characters are depicted as grimacing, displaying an apparent distaste for their surroundings. The literary quality of the text makes for a heady read, but it will appeal to teens who could otherwise overlook the eternal power of a simple, fantastic story. Public libraries with an eye to keeping a varied teen fiction shelf should consider this title.-John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews

Two comic-book veterans condense Stevenson's well-known psychological thriller into 40 pages in this slim graphic-novel adaptation. Following closely to the original, Grant's adaptation portrays the enigmatic Dr. Jekyll, as pursued by the lawyer Mr. Utterson. When Utterson hears rumors of a ruthless maniac named Mr. Hyde, he begins an investigation into Hyde's background. As he deepens his search, he makes the startling discovery that Jekyll and Hyde are actually the same person. Grant's reworking should serve as an adequate introduction for younger readers interested in Stevenson's work. Kennedy's illustrations, while brightly colored, are somewhat flat, with a consistently straight-on point-of-view; the overuse of this angle becomes tiring. As far as graphic-novel adaptations go, this one is rather pedestrian: There are no real standout features, though no glaring detractions. And not much popular appeal, either, unless classics adapted in this form are actively being sought. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up)

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Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Grant’s work includes Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and Ace Trucking Co., Doomlord, Joe Soap Private Eye, Computer Warrior, The Outsider, as well as Nightbreed, The Last American, Detective Comics, Shadow of the Bat, Lobo, L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89, Legends of the Dark Knight, and The Demon.

Cam Kennedy is known internationally for his portrayals of Star Wars: Dark Empire and Star Wars: Dark Empire 2 — the two series that re-launched the Star Wars franchise in comics, as well as Batman, Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Daredevil, Punisher, and Spectre and Lobo.

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