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Dracula (Graphic Classics Series)

by Fiona Macdonald, Bram Stoker, Penko Gelev
     
 

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This is one of several titles in Barron's series of Graphic Classics, famous literary works retold in graphic novel form for young readers. Wonderfully atmospheric color illustrations and fast-paced narratives will keep older boys and girls absorbed, and many students will be inspired to delve into the literary classics in their original versions. Count

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This is one of several titles in Barron's series of Graphic Classics, famous literary works retold in graphic novel form for young readers. Wonderfully atmospheric color illustrations and fast-paced narratives will keep older boys and girls absorbed, and many students will be inspired to delve into the literary classics in their original versions. Count Dracula, the legendary vampire who is Lord of the Undead, departs from his castle in Transylvania and arrives in London, where he begins claiming new victims. Here is one of the most chilling horror tales ever told.

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VOYA
These two dramatic stories are transformed into graphic novels for the classroom, sticking close to the original books while simplifying them. The Man in the Iron Mask is the tale of the Three Musketeers, who risk their lives to depose a bad king and replace him with his good identical twin. Dracula is the gothic horror story of an ageless vampire leaving his Transylvanian home and wreaking havoc upon London. The originals are dynamic novels, with adventures, sword fights, blood drinking, ghosts, intrigues, and mysteries, but here they have been made dull, dry, and unappealing. There are footnotes scattered throughout, explaining vocabulary words. In the back of each book, there is a good deal of end matter with author biographies, bibliographies, maps, and time lines. The art is undistinguished, almost simple, and covered in soft washes of color. A lot of text appears under the pictures, resembling captions. These are not true graphic novels as the images do nothing to advance the stories. The audience for these books is questionable. One wonders whether it is an attempt to make classics accessible to children, however, these adaptations are not appealing enough to attract anyone. If the original stories are too dense for students, try the Great Illustrated Classics versions of these novels, whose abridgements make sense and do not slow down the pace of the stories. Reviewer: Geri Diorio
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
Each volume includes the abridged story plus a generous amount of additional information, including an illustrated list of characters, an author biography, time lines, and an article about film adaptations. Students who are writing reports and readers who move on to the original novels will be well served by these extras. SAT vocabulary words are defined in footnotes, which also clarify plot details or offer historical context. Fortunately the font is small enough to be ignored easily, so these notes do not interrupt the flow of the story. The drawings are fluid and expressive, with skillful shading and dark tones that emphasize the stories' drama. The square, horizontal paneling is not especially inventive, but it makes the texts easy to follow. While these titles might not be as popular as superhero and manga comics, they are accessible introductions to the classics, and should make life easier for reluctant readers.
—Lisa GoldsteinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764160547
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Graphic Classics
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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