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VOYAThis ninth series entry tackles works by nineteenth-century author Stevenson. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is cleverly abridged in two parts. In the first, illustrator Simon Gane's squared-off Frank Miller-esque illustrations evoke the Victorian era of the story. In the second, artist Michael Slack uses only one drawing per page to illustrate the poor doctor's final journal entries. His many washes of gray over strong caricatures make Jekyll's descent into madness somehow lovely. The book also presents adaptations of various shorter Stevenson works. Some of these are only a page or two long, and the style for each varies. There is a wonderfully "cartoony" The Sinking Ship by British comic legend Hunt Emerson. Peter Gullerud contributes a dark yet somehow silly interpretation of The Two Matches. There is even a short biography of Stevenson illustrated in a Mad magazine style by Chad Carpenter. The collection wraps up with a terrific version of The Bottle Imp. Artist Lance Tooks does away with conventional comics panels and wildly strews Stevenson's words and his own highly stylized illustrations across each page. Far from being hard to follow, the layout makes it a clear and fast-paced read. As with the other volumes of this series, this book is a good one to have on hand. Fans of Stevenson's work will appreciate the varied interpretations of it, and comics fans may get caught up in Stevenson's clever tales and seek out more. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S 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; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Graphic Novel Format).2004, Eureka Productions, 144p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.