The Little Prince Graphic Novel

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Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has earned millions of fans worldwide as an imaginative, dreamy study of the meaning of life. How horrible to be a grown-up—they all seem to be needy, lonely, vain, or power-hungry. All the Little Prince cares about is being useful to the flower he’s left behind on his very small planet, with only a few thorns to protect her from the world. Sfar’s comic-book illustrations of the wide-eyed boy prince and disheveled pilot he encounters in the African desert are edgier than the ...

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Overview

Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has earned millions of fans worldwide as an imaginative, dreamy study of the meaning of life. How horrible to be a grown-up—they all seem to be needy, lonely, vain, or power-hungry. All the Little Prince cares about is being useful to the flower he’s left behind on his very small planet, with only a few thorns to protect her from the world. Sfar’s comic-book illustrations of the wide-eyed boy prince and disheveled pilot he encounters in the African desert are edgier than the original watercolors...and his style and humor work modern magic.  An inspiring gift to longtime fans or newcomers! 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There is always the question of whether this story is best suited for children or adults, but legions of admirers prove that it sits in the rarified air of literature that works both ways. A worthy tribute that's most worthy of its own share of applause."—Booklist, starred review

Le Petit Prince Graphic Novel, French Edition
 
"This life-long artist has chosen a simple layout to focus on the adventures of these two characters who share the dreams of millions of kids. Sfar keeps our childish dreams intact." Ca Se Passe Comme Ca
 
 “Always prolific, always generous, always sensitive, Sfar has succeeded in giving life to the aviator and his Petit Prince. Any successful adaptation is a revelation. This is faithful to the text, but the aesthetics of Sfar…reveal the full dimension of melancholy and contemplation [in the story]. Sfar joins [Saint-Exupe´ry]… ‘a thousand miles from any human habitation’… where only children can venture.” Lire Magazine

 

The Little Prince
 
"A lovely story...which covers a poetic, yearning philosophy—not the sort of fable that can be tacked down neatly at its four corners but rather reflections on what are real matters of consequence." —The New York Times Book Review
 
The Little Prince (1993)
 
"An edition of Saint-Exupéry's most famous work—a gentle fable of love and peace—contains a thoughtful assessment of the details of its composition...[T]he special allure of the work is still the naively sophisticated, heartwarming tale of the little prince and his small planet." —Horn Book
 
The Little Prince (2000 hardcover edition)
 
“This new translation into 'modern' English brings a classic tale into sharper focus for today's teens without sacrificing the beauty and simplicity of the author's writing, and the 'restored' artwork has all the charm of the original drawings. What appears to be a simple tale of two lost souls-one, a pilot marooned in the desert next to his ditched plane; the other, a minuscule prince in self-imposed exile from an asteroid so small that he can watch the sunset 44 times a day-reveals itself as something far more complex. What appears to be a fairy tale for children opens like the petals of the Little Prince's flower into a fantasy that has lessons for all of us.” —School Library Journal
 
The Little Prince: Sixtieth-Anniversary Gift Edition
 
“Always welcome is that charming visitor from another planet, Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince...The fable remains as lyrically haunting as ever.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Celebrated French cartoonist Sfar turns in a wonderful and lovely comics adaptation of Saint-Exupéry's timeless classic. The Little Prince is such a beloved staple of children's literature that an adaptation might seem inadvisable; indeed, part of the original book's lasting charm is the inclusion of Saint-Exupéry's own naïve but unforgettable illustrations. But Sfar has wisely incorporated Saint-Exupéry's role as an illustrator by foregrounding the book's presentation as a first-person narrative. Sfar depicts a very authentic-looking, middle-aged Saint-Exupéry--briefly chided in the book's text for smoking "in a book for young people"--as the book's protagonist, the title character's interlocutor, and the person drawing the elephant-inside-the-boa-constrictor in his notepad. The graphic novel's text conveys the wisdom of the original book, in which a childlike perspective illuminates the absurdity of adult living while attaining its own hard-won maturity. Sfar's loose but masterful art supplements the book's themes with a supple visual style that appears accessibly artless on its surface, but occasionally blossoms into symbolism and abstraction. The book abounds with individual panels that are profound in their meaning and striking in their simplicity. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—This timeless story of a man who meets a mysterious boy in the middle of the desert is one that has been enjoyed by readers of all ages for more than 65 years. The man is young at heart, strongly influenced by the memories of his own childhood. He loves to draw although he isn't very good at it, and his art helps him form an emotional bond with the boy. The child appears to be young but has a very old soul. He loves to talk, think, and ask questions. He also has the strength to face a sacrifice that the man cannot. The original story was illustrated by Saint-Exupéry, which makes this modern transition into graphic-novel form especially seamless. Sfar is very respectful of the original writing and illustrations, but his simple yet nuanced artwork brings another layer of depth to the story, his use of shadows and close-ups reinforcing the mood of this piece. His adaptation is as classic as the original, and it will bring this quiet yet thought-provoking story to a new generation of readers. The format will be especially attractive to teens who might have missed this story when they were children, and to adults who are interested in revisiting their own childhood memories. Also available in French (ISBN 978-0-547-44330-0; $22.).—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547338002
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Series: Little Prince Series
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 229,506
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, the "Winged Poet," was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pilot at twenty-six, he was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince , Wind, Sand and Stars , Night Flight , Southern Mail , and Airman's Odyssey . In 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean.


Joann Sfar is a French comic artist and author of The Rabbi's Cat, Little Vampire Goes to School (a New York Times best-seller), and the Eisner Award-winning Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! He was awarded the Rene Goscinny Award for young comics in 1998 and has continued to garner international critical praise. He was most recently nominated for a 2007 Ignatz Award for Best Series. His original French edition of The Little Prince graphic novel was released in 2007.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Another Visit From The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'Le Petit Prince' was written in 1943 and has become a staple in the libraries of children (and adults who has preserved their child-like reverence for the philosophy that The Little Prince expounds) throughout the world: latest statistics show that the book has been translated into 190 languages and has sold in excess of 80 million copies! This last figure is sure to change with the introduction of this new version - the same story but made in to the graphic novel format by Johann Sfar, an illustrator par excellence.

    There will doubtless be purists who prefer the original (very exquisite) illustrations for the book and feel that the presentation of the story in graphic novel format (read `comic book format') diminishes the concept of Saint-Exupéry. But the joy here is that the illustrations are so excellent and so very much in keeping with the original story, that given the chance the book will take hold of any reader and become user friendly.

    The story is so well known that it needn't be reiterated here: suffice it to summarize as `an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life'. It is a fable so fine that it has been transformed into a film by Stanley Donen, stage play by several writers including Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, an opera by Rachel Portman, and now another art form - the graphic novel. For this reader it is successful on every level, and if anything this new edition will introduce this charming fable to millions more readers, young in years or in spirit.

    Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Great story book for gift giving. Story & illustrations are excellent

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    Posted January 14, 2011

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