Snow White: A Graphic Novel

Snow White: A Graphic Novel

by Matt Phelan


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Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan. The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763672331
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 514,894
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Matt Phelan is the author-illustrator of three previous graphic novels: the Scott O’Dell Award–winning The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, and Bluffton, which was nominated for three Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including Best Graphic Album. He is the author-illustrator of Druthers and the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the Newbery Medal. Matt Phelan lives in Pennsylvania.

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Snow White: A Graphic Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
An adaptation of one of the most beloved fairytale stories, Snow White. The author draws you in portrait by portrait, to unravel his version of the classic tale. The setting takes place in New York City, and the grand times of the roaring twenties have just ended. Only to open up to the Great Depression, full of misery and despair. The young and pretty, Samantha White, has returned to the city due to the tragic death of her father. Also known as the King of Wall Street, for surviving the stock market crash. The death is a delight to Samantha’s wicked stepmother, the Queen of the Follies. But her delight ends soon, when she finds out Samantha’s father has left his money to Samantha, not her. Dark ideas form in the stepmother’s head, when a stock ticker produces evil words on the ticker tape. Samantha runs away, going on an epic adventure, while meeting seven young friends and a charming detective. Follow Samantha on her exploit, by enjoying the beautifully drawn pages of Snow White: A Graphic Novel. The story has little dialogue, but each drawing is captivating, whether it is dramatic, suspenseful, or tragic. This combined with a thrilling plot makes it hard to put down. All ages will love this story, but ages 11-13 should find this book extremely enjoyable. I give it 5 stars because it is a wonderful graphic novel art book and is my favorite. If you want a story with intricate illustrations and a thrilling adventure, you should read Snow White: A Graphic Novel. Tessa H, age 11, Oklahoma Central Mensa
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read, so I read though it again as I felt after reading it the first time, I didn’t fully understand the whole story. I’m not a big graphic novel reader but I loved the cover of this one and after reading the synopsis, I thought this would be one that I would really enjoy. I have to say, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I had a hard time following the story as there weren’t that many words to help me along and the pictures were hard to follow. I felt as if I was trying too hard to grasp this novel, a spinoff of a story that I have loved for years. The author broke the story up into chapters which gave the novel a storyline and moved the story along. I especially loved looking at the characters and I thought the facial expressions on them were phenomenal. Even the background characters with their sinister and forlorn stares carried the novel’s message loud and clear. Only the apple, the item which always turns this story around, bares color inside this novel. The year is 1928 and it’s NYC, where is the prince that will save this lovely princess from the fate that awaits her? This novel is a different twist on a classic, a classic that always ended with a prince and a kiss.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
You already know the story of Snow White. You know about her wicked stepmother's jealousy of Snow White's beauty and her attempt to order the huntsman to kill her. You know about the seven dwarfs who help Snow White and the poisoned apple that she eventually bites. You know about the stepmother's downfall and the way the prince comes and saves Snow White. But you haven't seen the story retold like this before. In Snow White: A Graphic Novel (2016), Matt Phelan reinvents this familiar tale. Phelan moves the story into New York City in 1928. The Twenties are roaring, the city is bustling, and for a girl called Snow, it seems like a wonderful time. All of that changes, of course, as the story goes. On the run in the streets of New York City, Snow is taken in by a group of young street urchins who help hide her. Meanwhile the wicked stepmother's mirror has been re-imagined as a ticker tape machine and Snow's charming prince is a no-nonsense police detective. Phelan uses minimal text and large illustrations to tell this story. With detailed panels focused on the characters, Snow White brings to mind film stills as much as illustrations. Flipping through the pages with large text marking each chapter heading makes this graphic novel feel like a silent film brought onto the page. Bold drawings and attention to historic detail set this retelling apart and mark it as a real charmer. This story operates well within the historical period and capitalizes on it to create a very unique interpretation of a classic fairy tale. Snow White: A Graphic Novel is a beautiful book with a story that is cleverly told and illustrated. Not to be missed.