Book Title: A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel
Author: Madeline L’Engle & Hope Larson
Medium: Physical Book – Graphic Novel
Rating: 4/5 Stars
A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books as a child. I mean, come on, a story about an awkward teenage girl who doesn’t quite fit in with society or with her own family – that has my name written all over it.
Larson takes one of my favorite L’Engle books and brings it to life. The elements of L’Engle’s story are still there, Meg Murray’s father is missing and she is subjected the snarky comments of adults who should know better about him, and her younger brother Charles Wallace. The original A Wrinkle in Time is from Meg’s perspective, so we get her view of herself and the members of her family. Larson manages to keep Meg the central character, but showing us that Meg’s view is skewed. Instead of a perfect looking, flawless, brilliant mother, we see Mrs. Murray as she likely is, pretty but worn and worried. We see Charles Wallace as he likely appears to others, kind of other worldly, with eyes that seem not only a bit large for his face, but worn and tired.
Not to mention how Meg herself is drawn. Meg feels like she is a hideous gangly teenager with no hope of redemption, but Larson manages to draw Meg with the perfect combination of awkward and normal.
For some reason though, I always pictured Aunt Beast to look more like Snuffaluffagus than a tentacle “monster” but really that’s my only beef with the artistry. I’m only giving it 4/5 stars because I feel like while it’s a great adaptation, it’s missing some of the charm that the original book had.