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The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a n...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Margaret Ferguson Books
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Wandering Librarians
I expect a lot from my novel adaptations. If something's already an awesome book, and it's being turned into something else, be that a TV show or a movie of a graphic novel, I feel it should be equally as awesome. Is that so much to ask? You have such great material to work with. How can it go wrong? Of course, sometimes it does.

I love A Wrinkle in Time and have read it many times. I was excited to read the graphic novel adaptation, because it seems like such a great book to do in the graphic no...more
Raina
Ok, so, I have this thing about adapted graphic novels.

Basically, I'm pretty uncomfortable that they exist.

I get that adapting Shakespeare into GNs is a great way to make the text (originally intended for theatrical performance, after all) sing. And, anyone who knows me knows that I j'adore sequential art. It's kinda my jam, as a rule. You might call me an advocate.

And I LOVE Hope Larson's work. Mercury is super underrated as a YA graphic novel.

And I know that this swept the GN awards. I get...more
Seth Hahne
A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson
[This lady, who is old enough to know better, is being petty and mean.]

Adaptations from literature into the comics form have it pretty rough. It's not like with movies where a charismatic star or a sublime musical score can provide lift for a work. Unless an adapter is wildly liberal in the work of adaptation, comics have exactly two things to work with: writing (provided largely by the original author) and art through which to carry forth the dialogical and narrative aspects of the work (respec...more
Ferdy
Ugh

Hated it. The story was boring, the characters were beyond insufferable, the sci-fi element was nonsensical, and it was all so utterly dull… The artwork was okay though.
Meg was one of the worst MC's I've ever had the displeasure of reading, she was such a whiny, insecure, needy, pathetic, dumb, shrewish, fishwife-esque character. I loathed her. Her annoying know it all brother and the rest of her family weren't much better either. Calvin was the only sort of decent character, but the fact th...more
jess
I loved A Wrinkle in Time as a kid, and I really like Hope Larson's work, but I did not especially enjoy this graphic novel version. The fantastic characters, planets and concepts suffer from the black, blue and white graphic treatment. I prefer the more vivid product of my imagination. I wish I had trusted my gut that this was too good to be true and skipped it, instead of reading 400 pages to end up dissatisfied and disappointed.

However, I probably would not have re-read Wrinkle in Time at th...more
Kathleen
It's been 50 years since L'Engle put the landmark tale out there. A Wrinkle in Time was the first sci-fi book to win the Newberry. In it's original form, L'Engle's Meg Murray won over readers with her awkwardness and courage. Meg steals the show again in Larson's retelling.

Larson uses a blue and black palette for all of her images in the graphic novel. I found myself convinced that this was in some way intentional as a representation of space and sky. I think for me the best part was that the i...more
Barb
Understand that I adore 'A Wrinkle in Time'. It is a book I go back to repeatedly, and I was excited to see what it would be like in a graphic novel format. The first half or so of this edition would have rated at least four stars. I thought the illustrator's style had a certain mid-60's feeling that worked well, and the introduction to the characters felt right to me. Things began to fall apart for me once the action left Earth. There's just something about the worlds L'Engle writes about that...more
Jessica at Book Sake
I'm coming into this review as a blank slate. I don't know anything about 'A Wrinkle in Time' novel. I haven't read the novel and I'm not sure I've heard of it. Zero emotional attachment. I wasn't even sure what to expect. Given all that, I didn't really enjoy the book.

The book starts off as any typical coming of age story. A misunderstood teen with more to offer then any of her peers realize. Then things start going off the tracks and this story becomes an interstellar adventure to save the wor...more
Lindsey
What can I say? Hope Larson's graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time wasn't successful for me, but I can't think of what could possibly make a graphic novel of this book successful. When I saw this was going to be a thing, I was THRILLED--A Wrinkle in Time is one of My Books (as it's lots of people's Books). I have the distinct cliched memory of staying up way past my bedtime reading the last hundred pages from my bed, terrified and thrilled and moved even as a tiny kid. It's one of those bo...more
kelly
I loved this book as a kid and was looking forward to re-reading the graphic novel version as an adult.
Sadly, Adult Kelly did not enjoy it anywhere near as much as 11-year-old Kelly did.

My first annoyance with the book was in the way it tried so hard to create mystery. Instead of actually creating mystery with intriguing, interesting scenarios, characters simply mention something random in a esoteric, name-dropping way, and then say, "oh, but you wouldn't understand," like some kind of sci-fi hi...more
Amy
Ainsley adored this rendition of the classic story. I wasn't sure she was ready for the heady prose of the original (she is after all, only a third grader). She was *so* excited about this version and ripped through it in a couple of days. I believe The Phantom Tollbooth is in order... ;)
Sara
Hmmm...at the beginning I thought I was really going to like this. I loved how Hope Larson illustrated Meg, and I also really enjoyed that it was really an adaptation of the book, not a word for word reproduction with pictures.

That being said...there was just something a little bit off about it. It's been quite a while since I've read A Wrinkle in Time, but I remember it being...suspenseful? Well paced? Scary? The graphic novel was none of these things. It felt...rushed, maybe? Like Larson touc...more
Sara
This marks the first time I was ever deeply moved by a graphic novel reinterpretation of a classic novel. If I ever had any reticence about recommending this wonderful young adult sci fi adventure it was only that Madeline L'Engle's writing, as lovely as it is, is somewhat dated particularly for a generation known for communicating primarily via text and tweet.

What Hope Larson has done here with her wonderful work is make a novel written in 1962 as fresh as if it just came off the press this mor...more
Gwen
Jan 06, 2013 Gwen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gwen by: browsing at the library (but probably also NPR)
Shelves: ya-fiction
I appreciate what Larson is doing here in rereleasing L'Engle's classic to a new generation, but it lacks the brilliance of the original. L'Engle's gift with language is lost, and a reader's imagination isn't engaged. (And Meg is far too whiny in this version.)

Moral of the story: skip this and just read the original A Wrinkle in Time instead.
Steven Tomcavage
I came into this book never having read the original novel, so I can't comment on the quality of the adaptation. But as an outsider, I was hoping for a good old-fashioned time travel story, and was instead given a space travel story with an aside about folding time to realize the distant space travel. There's a quote on the cover about it being a time travel story, so my hope wasn't just based on an assumption. At the end the story is just another sappy tale that beats you over the head with its...more
Frances
Ok, it's time for me to be okay with not enjoying graphic novels. I've tried, and I just don't like them. My problem probably stems from being presented with a physical representation of what my mind has already created, and finding a discrepancy.

I didn't like blue palette. The end.
Donalyn
A good graphic novel adaptation of the classic book. I hope this version leads more readers to the original.
Gene Kannenberg Jr
My fifth grade teacher, Miss Wocher, read Madeline L'Engle's classic science-fiction children's novel A WRINKLE IN TIME to our class, one chapter each Friday afternoon. After a few weeks, I bought my own copy so that I could read along with her. It quickly became one of my favorite books; I was enchanted with its fantastic premise (a group of children travel through time and space, guided by three mysterious women, to rescue their father), its quirky characters, and L'Engle's overall way with wo...more
Holly
Jan 18, 2014 Holly added it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I am still new to graphic novels and don't know the standard to which they aspire, but I will assert that this one didn't really work. Perhaps others readers agree, which is why the only blurb garnering the book jacket is from James Patterson (or is he a trusted critic of young adult novels adapted to comic book? No, I didn't think so either).

Was the central character, Meg Murry, really this unappealing? Her only facial expressions appear to be dull stupor, blissed out dopey smiles, and overwro...more
Rose
"A Wrinkle in Time" might be my all-time favorite read, so it's probably no surprise that I enjoyed the graphic novel adaptation as much as I did. While definitely geared towards those who have already read the original L'Engle novel, Larson's graphic novel adaptation leaves surprisingly little of the story out -- right down to including key lines and dialogue.

With only a made-for-TV movie to its name (and one in which the visuals were the least impressive part of the thing, due to a low budget)...more
Cheryl Gatling
Partly I just wanted to see how they did it. How did they take a whole novel, parts of which deal with sensations that are not easily depicted, and make a graphic novel out of it? For the most part, very well. I thought that just the most essential bits of dialogue and plot were chosen to make the story flow and hold together. My one problem was that I didn't really like the drawing style. The characters were mostly unattractive. Charles Wallace was doughy and bug-eyed. Of course Meg describes h...more
Lindsaygail
A Wrinkle in Time is one of my very favorite books, so I was excited to see what Hope Larson would do with the graphic novel. I've read the story so many times, it wouldn't have been possible for any artist to capture it the way I already had it imagined in my mind's eye, but I liked Larson's take on it once I got used to how it was different from mine. This story, in particular, requires the reader to imagine of lot of things that he or she won't have preconceived images of. How should a tesser...more
Charles Hatfield
Most literary adaptations in comics—more broadly, most adaptations from other media into comics—are rubbish. Cooked up by publishers rather than artists, cranked out against hard deadlines, and too often conceived as study guides rather than autonomous texts, comics adapted from famous books tend to be lousy adaptations and lousy comics: clumsy, clotted, graphically stodgy, lifeless, and pointless. Visually, a deadening literalness, a sort of bland pseudorealism, tends to be the dominant approac...more
Karen Henspeter
o Your full name: Karen Henspeter

o APA citation: Larson, H. (2012). A wrinkle in time: The graphic novel. Harrisburg, VA: R.R. Donnelly and Sons Company.

o Genre: Modern Fantasy

o Format: Graphic Novel

o Selection process: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Moon, B. (2012). A wrinkle in time: The graphic novel. School Library Journal, 58(11), 128.

o Review:
Madeline L’Engle’s award-winning novel, A Wrinkle in Time, is retold by Hope Larson with surprising creativity and good taste. The nearly-400-...more
Balthrop
I was excited about this book as soon as it was announced. When a friend attending a library/bookseller convention on the Bonastra mailing list offered it to me, I leaped at the chance to read my favorite book in graphic novel form months before its official release.

The dialogue is 99.8% Madeline's words. Even the times where there are no words, I can see Mrs. M's description. In those cases, a picture was worth a few dozen words.

The drawings are excellent, although I will admit that the blue to...more
Mrs W
May 07, 2013 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Review of the story:
Although I don’t like this book, I do think it has a place in the classics. When it was first published in 1962, it set a precedent. Children’s literature lacked complexity, and young adult literature was nearly nonexistent. L’Engle did something revolutionary. Science fiction for children. A female character who liked math. The merging of science and religion. We have all of these things in abundance now, and L’Engle was a starting point. So just because I don’t care for th...more
Jordan
Hope Larson's art is truly stunning. I thought this would be a much quicker read, as graphic novels typically are for me. However, her work here is so mesmerizing, that I found myself staring at each page, transfixed. Larson lovingly captures the essence of each chapter, and visually communicates all of L'Engle's original that had to be omitted.

Also, Larson captures each character perfectly. All three Mrs. ______s are spot-on, as are Meg, Calvin, and all of the brains and beatific beasts.

The o...more
Pamela
One of the first books that I really remember reading over and over and absolutely loving is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I was probably seven or eight when I got my hands on it, and even though it sounds kind of clichéd, it really changed my life. Like Meg, I wasn't the greatest at math, but everything that Meg learns instilled in me a love of science and a wonder for the universe that's still with me today.

So when I got the opportunity to review the graphic novel, illustrated wonder...more
Christopher
I've been a huge fan of this book since childhood, and of all the half-hearted (or perhaps full-hearted but half-baked) adaptations I've noticed through the years, this is the first attempt that won my time and attention. I was not disappointed.

This graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time is a quick blast through the original text, running us quickly through the action and spectacle and bringing the characters to life beautifully with a whimsical, smart illustration style that will appeal to...more
Jared Millet
Oh jeez, has it really been 34 years since I first read A Wrinkle in Time? Someone give me a tesseract, please, before I start to look like Mrs. Whatsit.

I was pretty excited to find out that a graphic novel adaptation was coming out, and I was pleased to find out what a solid book it actually is. I was expecting some kind of condensed version of the story, but Larson adapts the novel chapter by chapter and beat by beat. Meg Murry and company look almost exactly as the 8-year-old me pictured them...more
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