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Monster: A Graphic Novel
     

Monster: A Graphic Novel

by Walter Dean Myers, Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator), Guy A. Sims
 

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A stunning black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of Walter Dean Myers's Michael L. Printz Award winner and New York Times bestseller Monster, adapted by Guy Sims and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

Monster is a multi-award-winning, provocative coming-of-age story about Steve Harmon, a teenager awaiting trial for a murder and robbery. As

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A stunning black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of Walter Dean Myers's Michael L. Printz Award winner and New York Times bestseller Monster, adapted by Guy Sims and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

Monster is a multi-award-winning, provocative coming-of-age story about Steve Harmon, a teenager awaiting trial for a murder and robbery. As Steve acclimates to juvenile detention and goes to trial, he envisions the ordeal as a movie. Monster was the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award recipient, an ALA Best Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor selection, and a National Book Award finalist.

Now Monster has been adapted into a graphic novel by Guy Sims, with stunning black-and-white art from Dawud Anyabwile, Guy's brother.

Fans of Monster and of the work of Walter Dean Myers—and even kids who think they don't like to read—will devour this graphic adaptation.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review)
“The superbly rewarding format serves to powerfully emphasize Myers’s themes of perspective and the quest to see one’s self clearly. A must-have for public and school libraries, and a standout graphic novel.”
Library Journal
11/15/2015
Mixed up in a heist that turned lethal, teenager Steve Harmon is on trial for murder and robbery. An amateur filmmaker, Steve imagines his ordeal as a movie starring himself as a "monster," since that's what those accused of the crime are labeled. Myers's portrayal of thorny moral issues as well as Steve's complicated emotions led to a number of awards for the novel on which Sims's graphic novel adaptation is based. Anyabwile's gray-scale drawings add layers to the drama. Older teens and adults; great for reluctant readers.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-07-22
A faithfully adapted graphic-novel retelling of the first Printz Award winner. If ever a novel lent itself to a graphic adaptation, it is Monster (1999). Written in a screenplay format interspersed with first-person journal entries, it practically adapts itself into a visual presentation. Fortunately Sims and Anyabwile are smart enough not to mess with a good thing, and they stick closely to the original to tell the story of New York teenager Steve Harmon's trial for felony murder. Myers' admirers will be pleased to see much of the original dialogue and narration preserved, though neatly edited in places to keep the pace brisk. Meanwhile, Anyabwile's black-and-white illustrations do more than simply interpret the original's camera directions and descriptions. They also add subtle layers to the courtroom accounts and journal entries, all while maintaining the narrative suspense and ambiguity that's made this story linger with a generation of readers. It's not any clearer in this version what role Steve truly might have played in the crime. Black gutters between panels and heavy shading create an appropriately oppressive atmosphere. Though the overall effect can be muddy, it generally suits the darkness of the story and the bold lines of Anyabwile's figures. It's not easy for an adaptation to please both old and new readers, but this respectful one pulls off that trick. (Graphic adaptation. 13 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062274991
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/20/2015
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
78,800
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
GN420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Dawud anyabwile is an Emmy Award-winning artist and the cocreator and illustrator of the groundbreaking comics series Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline, which is cocreated and written by his brother, Guy A. Sims. Dawud has also worked as a character designer on television productions such as The Wild Thornberrys and Rugrats as well as served as a production artist on a variety of music videos, commercials, and game animations.

Guy A. Sims is a poet and fiction writer as well as the cocreator of Brotherman Comics. He is the author of Living Just a Little: A Novel; The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim; The Kwanzaa Handbook; and The Kwanzaa Kids Learn the Seven Principles.

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