Monday, June 11, 2018
#Review: Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan #Middlegrade #Fairytales #graphicnovel
The scene: New York City. 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.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.
This book is a terrific twist on the classic fairy tale, Snow White.
Set in the 1920's Depression Era, Snow is the daughter of a Wallstreet tycoon. Her step-mother is a former Zigfield Follies star, and her rescuers (Seven in all) are a group of ragtag muffins that run the streets. I love this setting and it fits well with the retelling of the classic story.
The author did the whole book in muted, black, grey, and white watercolor which to me, gave a nod to that time period. The whole book is done with pictures and very few words, which are really not needed due to the author's excellent work. Even though I generally do not read graphic novels, I would like to read more from this author.
Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book at my local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle aka Naila Moon