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The Little Prince Graphic Novel
     

The Little Prince Graphic Novel

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Joann Sfar (Illustrator)
 

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The gorgeous graphic novel adaptation of The Little Prince is now available in a paper-over-board edition.
 

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The gorgeous graphic novel adaptation of The Little Prince is now available in a paper-over-board edition.
 

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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

"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."—Publishers Weekly, starred review


"[Sfar's] 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."—School Library Journal, starred review

"This unique adaptation combines fable and social commentary, luring readers to consider stereotype, racism (in the account of the Turkish astronomer whose discovery of an asteroid was ignored by European scientists because of his Eastern culture), and respect for our environment. Those taking time to pore over the manga-influenced artwork will feel the Little Prince's frustration at the adults who refuse to take him seriously, the sorrow that comes from adults isolating themselves, and the joy of seeing the world through a child's imagination."— VOYA

Praise for 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
 

Praise for 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
 
Praise for 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." —The Horn Book
 
Praise for 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
 
Praise for 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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547338002
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Series:
Little Prince Series
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
234,521
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

What People are Saying About This

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

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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