This is the sixth book in "The Little Prince" graphic novel series, and it begins with the main character arriving on the planet Voltaine. Once there, he realizes that the streetlights are never turned off and the entire place is very bright. It appears that little monsters called Globes come out after dark and turn the people who live there into stone. Excitement builds in this story from the beginning. The Little Prince is up against great odds, and when he and Fovea are tied up and left in a cellar he wonders if Snake will indeed win the battle. The author includes advice for the reader through conversation between characters. For example he tells Fovea, "Force is never the solution to any problem. I need to find the words to reach his heart." In another passage, he remarks, "We're always afraid of what we don't understand. Courage doesn't mean getting rid of our fear, but finding a way to rise above it." Although readers will be able to decipher this book without reading others in the series, that course is recommended. This book was well-written and interesting, with a surprising ending that will keep readers looking forward to more in the series. The artwork is fantastic and adds interest to the story. At the front of the book is a letter from the Little Prince to his dear friend Rose, as well as a one-page introduction to the main characters. At the end of the book, the author includes a mini-biography of Antoine De-Saint-Exupery, the author of the classic novel, The Little Prince. The graphic novel format of this book is perfect for both reluctant and avid readers. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
- Suanne Roush
Updated and created with the approval of the Antoine de Saint-Exupery estate, the illustrated series continues with more adventures of the Little Prince, his friend the fox, and his enemy the snake. Leaving his home and friend Rose (an actual rose with a human face) on Asteroid B612, the Prince and Fox travel to planets in his trusty biplane, correcting what Snake and his minions, the Gloomies, have influenced others to do in his goal of universal destruction. The Prince can transform, with the help of stardust, into a more enhanced and formally dressed version of himself, with the ability to speak and understand all the people, plants, and animals. He also has a sketch pad that, when blown on, creates what the Prince needs at the time, be it a lantern or an animal to chew through ropes. Problems are solved easily and make Snake's influence no more substantial than his hissing. The adventures are formulaic: he arrives on a planet, understands the situation with little investigation, talks to a few people who immediately trust him when they trust no one else, finds the culprit, explains Snake's influence, and, with only a momentary backslide, that person helps the Prince restore order—whether it is returning the planets and stars to the sky so plants will grow, giving night globes access to nectar they crave, or peacefully returning free speech to a people. In some instances, there is a person who, without explanation, knows the Prince. Each volume starts with a letter to Rose that very briefly recaps the previous adventure, and each contains a brief sketch of the recurring characters. The illustrations are in color, but most of the characters look alike, and there is very little exposition. An interesting addition in each volume is a "short" of the character as imagined by another artist. Although the vocabulary will challenge a younger reader, the books are appropriate for an elementary audience. Purchase where there is a young audience for graphic novels and where the earlier volumes of the series are available. (The Little Prince) Reviewer: Suanne Roush
Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Christel Gonnard has written screenplays for several French animated series and is a member of the scriptwriting team for the animated series based on The Little Prince. Élyum Studio was founded in 2010 by designer and storyboard artist Didier Podi, along with Guillaume Dorison, Jean-Baptiste Hostache, and Xavier Dorison.