Frankenstein (Puffin Graphic Classic)

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Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to createintelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, he realizes he has constructed a monster. Abandoned by its maker and shunned by everyone who sees it, the monster turns on its creator and haunts Dr. Frankenstein with murder and horrors to the very ends of the earth. Artist Frazer Irving's cinematic and moving portrayal of the doctor and his creation is sympathetic and powerful.

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Overview

Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to createintelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, he realizes he has constructed a monster. Abandoned by its maker and shunned by everyone who sees it, the monster turns on its creator and haunts Dr. Frankenstein with murder and horrors to the very ends of the earth. Artist Frazer Irving's cinematic and moving portrayal of the doctor and his creation is sympathetic and powerful.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Jumping on the graphic novel bandwagon, this series launches a line of graphic novels based on classics. The text of each of these first three offerings is true to the original work but abridged. Although the format can make literature more accessible, it can also, in some cases, lend an air of hipness to a work as well. Black Beauty is a children's classic, but the gorgeous, fluid, black-and-white drawings in this version make the story more appealing to an older crowd. Frankenstein lends itself best to the format. The stylized drawings covered with washes of grey add to the atmosphere of fright and horror about what the good doctor has wrought. Red Badge of Courage is the least appealing adaptation. Although Crane's writing is elegant, it can be daunting to a middle schooler unused to nineteenth-century turns of phrase. A graphic novel could have been just the thing to make this work more accessible; instead it somehow makes Crane's story more muddled. In fact his writing was apparently too uncomplicated for the editor of this GN because in a section telling how the work was adapted, readers are shown a variation of a battle sequence that is compact and true to Crane's writing. The editorial notes tell the artist to expand it by several pages. Overall these books are fun adaptations of great literature. The black-and-white art in all three is terrific, and keeping the original text ensures high quality stories. At the end of each book, there are sections titled "The Making of . . ." where the artist explains how she or he planned the breakdown of the story and how the art layout was determined. There are also galleries of alternate covers as well as early sketchesof the main characters. It is a nice look inside the process of adaptation and the creation of a graphic novel. The books would be a good choice for the library or media center both to grow a graphic novel collection and to bolster the literature collection. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Graphic Novel Format). 2005, Puffin, 176p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Geri Diorio
KLIATT
Here is yet another adaptation of this challenging novel. I will begin this review with a confession: I do not like Shelley's novel, an overly wordy book with a truly odious main character (not The Monster). However, there is something about Frankenstein's themes—guilt, cowardice, overstepping one's boundaries, and fear of childbirth—that still resonates strongly today, and this graphic novel does a good job of both condensing and capturing the spirit of the novel. The artwork, done in b/w by Frazer Irving, is dark and atmospheric; it eloquently conveys the characters' anguish. Gary Reed's adaptation is well done, if a trifle sketchy. This graphic novel should not be used as a substitute for Cliffs Notes, or even for reading the book. To give an example: the murder of Frankenstein's brother by The Monster is mildly confusing, because we've never been introduced to the character (Justine, a servant) who gets blamed for the murder. Overall, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a fine choice for libraries with graphic novel collections; note that it contains violence and depictions of monsters being reanimated from the dead. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Penguin, Puffin Graphics, 176p. illus., Ages 12 to adult.
—George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142404072
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/19/2005
  • Series: Puffin Graphic Classic
  • Edition description: Graphic Novel Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 196,811
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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    Remarkable Graphic Representation of Shelley's Novel

    I purchased this book for a high school student who has difficulty reading too many words on a page. She can read Mary Shelley's original with the aid of an audio version of the novel, which she did in addition to reading this Puffin Graphic Classic version. Not only did this version help her understand the characters, setting, plots and complications of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"; it also helped her perception of Victor Frankenstein and his relationship to the monster he created.
    This student even participated in class discussions about the novel, something she does infrequently with other texts. So, as a learning aid for students with reading difficulties, this book is GREAT.
    It's not just for the reader with learning differences. This book can be appreciated by everyone who enjoys a classic novel. It captures the essence of Mary Shelley's gothic horror novel. Its illustrations effectively communicate both action and emotion. It follows Shelley's classic without "dumbing it down." It is a marvelous recreation of Shelley's creation.
    Gary Reed and Frazer Irving deserve awards for what they have produced both on the cover and within the book itself. It is remarkable. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Mary Shelley's work, classic novels, and graphic novels. It is well worth the purchase price and the time spent reading both words and illustrations.

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