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Graphic Classics, Volume 18: Louisa May Alcott

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Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott features "Little Women", adapted for comics by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Anne Timmons. Plus lesser-known gothic mysteries and horror stories including "A Whisper in the Dark" by Antonella Caputo and Arnold Arre, "The Rival Prima Donnas" by Rod Lott and Molly Crabapple, and "Lost in a Pyramid" by Alex Burrows and Pedro Lopez. Also two poems and two strange children's stories, "Buzz" and "The Piggy Girl", illustrated by Mary Fleener, Shary Flenniken, Toni Pawlowsky and ...

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Overview

Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott features "Little Women", adapted for comics by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Anne Timmons. Plus lesser-known gothic mysteries and horror stories including "A Whisper in the Dark" by Antonella Caputo and Arnold Arre, "The Rival Prima Donnas" by Rod Lott and Molly Crabapple, and "Lost in a Pyramid" by Alex Burrows and Pedro Lopez. Also two poems and two strange children's stories, "Buzz" and "The Piggy Girl", illustrated by Mary Fleener, Shary Flenniken, Toni Pawlowsky and Lisa K. Weber.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—An abridged novel, poetry, and a handful of Alcott's short stories are interpreted by various adapters and illustrators. The most interesting elements of the collection introduce readers to some of Alcott's less-familiar works: melodramatic, gothic horror written primarily for adults. "The Rival Prima Donnas" tells of revenge and betrayal between an opera diva and her understudy as both vie for the romantic attentions of a fickle portrait artist. The illustrator uses a palette of gold, brown, and black with lurid touches of red roses and blood for excellent dramatic effect. In contrast, the illustrator of "Lost in the Pyramid," also known as "The Mummy's Curse," uses heavily blackened shadows to impose an eerie atmosphere and create a heightened sense of the impending doom awaiting the tomb-robbers. One luckless adventurer's decision to pocket a memento will bring a curse to his future wedding day. "The Piggy Girl" and "Buzz" were obviously written for younger readers and provide a refreshing change of pace. Little Women has been significantly abridged to 46 comic pages. Major characters and plotlines are only briefly sketched. Individuals appear one-dimensional with the delightful stories and personalities of the original work eliminated. Devotees of this classic will probably be disappointed, and those who would like an overview of Little Women might be better served by viewing a film adaptation. Like Alcott's Aunt Jo's Scrapbag, this "bundle" of "odds and ends" offers a mixed bag of "stories, old and new."—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Library Journal
The "Graphic Classics" series is known for artful if concise adaptations of the great Anglo-American action/adventure writers like Poe, Doyle, Stevenson, and Twain. This appears to be the first on a woman writer, and high time, too. Alcott is best remembered for the 1868–69 Little Women, but she also wrote florid gothic tales. Somewhat sappy by modern tastes, her work gains verve through these lively, full-color renderings. Certainly in Trina Robbins's skillful version, Little Women's pretty Jo March comes through as a modern gal ahead of her time, seeking a writing career and choosing an older, scholarly man instead of the lad Laurie. Of the gothics, the standout is "A Whisper in the Dark." Saucy, young heiress Sybil hovers between a father and a son, both courting her, until her desire to control her destiny—and the son's desire to control his—sweep them both under the control of the father, with a near tragic outcome. Here, Arnold Arre's art shines with style and coloring. VERDICT Graphic treatment modernizes Alcott well, showing off her early feminist sensibilities. This attractive anthology is recommended for teens and up.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978791988
  • Publisher: Eureka Productions
  • Publication date: 11/25/2009
  • Series: Graphic Classics Series , #18
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,226,799
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    A nicely updated version of a classic

    Okay, I'll admit it. I never read Little Women as a girl, and I'm sure there are quite a few other ladies who might say the same thing. So if you've come to realize you missed out on a classic others simply adore, there's hope for you now. Graphic Classics has compiled the best of Louisa May Alcott's writings in this volume.

    Although Little Women is Louisa May Alcott's best-known work, most of us are unaware she wrote some other rather unique tales. The Piggy Girl, The Rival Prima Donnas, A Whisper in the Dark, and Lost in a Pyramid may come as quite a surprise to those who expect domestic tranquility in her writing.

    These dramatic stories are accompanied by detailed graphic artistry, enhancing the reader's pleasure. If you already love Louisa May Alcott, you'll want to include this volume in your collection, putting pictures to the words you enjoy. And if you haven't read her work, Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott gives you the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with this talented author.

    Reviewer: Alice Berger

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