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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

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Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically illustrated graphic-novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, eleven-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm. Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

231 pages, Paperback

First published October 24, 2017

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Mariah Marsden

3 books103 followers
Mariah Marsden spent her childhood hunting for faeries amidst the old hills of the Missouri Ozarks. She began telling stories to pass the time on her family’s farm, and she hasn’t stopped since. A former children’s librarian, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Media Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She writes about the dreams and difficulties of girlhood, the folklore of her region, and the complexities of rural life. She’s still on the lookout for faeries.

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897 reviews2,931 followers
March 7, 2018
I bought this new graphic novel of Anne of Green Gables for my oldest daughter, for her tenth birthday (which is at the end of this month), but I was so anxious to give it to her, I just handed it to her, last week, as she walked in the door from school.

This daughter, who is both an artist and a lover of all things Anne, screamed with joy when she saw the cover, then ran up to her room with the book and slammed shut the door.

Wait, what? I thought we were going to read it together.

After a few minutes, I tapped lightly on her door and said, “Honey? Would you let me in? I sort of envisioned us reading it together.”

My breathless daughter poked her head out of the door and said, in one long run-on sentence, “Oh.Mommy.no.this.one.I.want.to.read.all.on.my.own.but.Mommy.there's.a.drawing.of.Anne.at.the.train.station.waiting.oh.you.know.Mommy.waiting.for.something.good.to.finally.happen.to.her.oh.mommy.she.just.needs.someone.to.finally.give.her.a.break.oh.Mommy.the.artwork.is.amazing.”

She shut the door right in my face.

About 45 minutes later, I heard loud, wet-sounding sobs, and I figured she must have reached the bittersweet ending. I opened her door and found her facedown on her bed, bawling. I sat down on the floor and asked, “The part where Anne goes off to school, or the ending?”

She gasped and hiccuped and finally responded, “Oh, Mommy. Matthew! What a dear, dear man. WHAT A DEAR, DEAR MAN!” Then she groaned with grief and started sobbing again.

It sounded like she was finished with the story, so I tried to slip the copy out from under her, but her hand shot out, and grabbed it back (with surprising force, too).

I sighed and left the room. Why didn't I read it before I gave it to her? It took 5 more days of her re-reading it and carrying it in her backpack to school, before I finally got my hands on her copy.

And, no, I didn't BAWL, but I cried silently through almost the entire read. The beauty of this story set to some of the most STUNNING artwork I have ever beheld was almost mind-numbing.

I immediately went online and bought three more copies.

If you are an Anne fan, you need not delay.

Please, find yourself a copy today.
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Author 6 books31.5k followers
June 28, 2018
6/28/18: Reread this for my summer 2018 Graphic Novels with focus on girls and liked it even more. The authors sort of adapt from more than one of the series in order to create an arc in which Anne goes from 12-18 years old, conveying the "coming of age" years. There's three main stories and some anecdotes that I felt really flow together.

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

"To Lucy Maud Montgomery, who reminds us that nothing is as powerful as a girl with imagination"--Mariah Marsden, dedication

Oh! Read it! Loved it! One of the best graphic novels of the year. I just finished it and wanted to tell you so you could put this on your list! I mean it.

“Red hair is my life-long sorrow.”

You'll think I'm kidding, a late middle-aged guy saying this about a frilly girly old-fashioned book, but I grew up in a house with three sisters who read books such as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the Bobbsey Twins mysteries, and yes, L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books, and because I consumed books in my youth like some people do food, I read and liked this novel a lot and paid no attention to whether it was a "girl's" book or not. It's a good story!

Marian Marsden lovingly adapts the heart of Anne's story (as she sees it) with the loving help of Brenna Thummler's lovely illustrations. Oh, I'm guessing the original book would not be a five star book for me today, but the adaptation was five stars in my experience! Well, not AS adaptation , because I can't recall the original, so can't speak to its quality as adaptation, but as story, I liked it a lot.

I liked the quiet brother and sister, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who take in the red-haired irrepressibly energetic and bright and precocious orphan into their Avonlea home, and I like her friends, and that boy, Gil, who is always hovering, but Anne is, as she should be, the best. Read it! It's sweet and gorgeous fun, brightening up the slightly stuffy original for today's readers. Maybe it will get kids (yes, and why not boys?) to read the originals.
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1,110 reviews6,574 followers
August 16, 2017
If you know me at all, you'll know that I love Anne of Green Gables, so when I saw this graphic novel adaptation on NetGalley, I snatched the opportunity to read it straight away! I can happily say that this graphic novel version was absolutely, 100% the most PERFECT adaptation I could ever wish for. The illustrations were so stunning they left my mouth hanging open in wonder and the atmosphere of the original Anne text shined through so clearly in this graphic novel version. It's just perfect and I will DEFINITELY be purchasing a copy of my own as soon as it comes out!
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701 reviews3,355 followers
September 3, 2018
Illustrations of flora and fauna hint at the beauty of Green Gables that L. M. Montgomery conveys with unparalleled eloquence in her prose novels. Marsden's adaptation succeeds at capturing Anne's fickle moods and earning a few tears; however, Anne's loquaciousness - one of her most endearing qualities - does not translate well to graphic novel format. This book is not without its charms, but it would be a shame if this was a person's first introduction to Anne of Green Gables.
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702 reviews3,656 followers
July 9, 2023
Cried twice revisiting this childhood favorite
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2,264 reviews405 followers
June 11, 2018
Hard to rate this one, it was interesting to see a classic turned into a graphic novel. I think this book does a good job of getting across the original in this format, but then it's a long time since I've read the original and although I enjoyed the original it wasn't an absolute favourite, so Anne of Green Gables fans might feel differently. My daughter is more familiar with this story and she really enjoyed it. We found certain elements of the illustrations very unappealing. The faces were very disturbing, no pupils and the noses a different colour as if they had been taken of and sewn back on. The colours were particularly jarring, a bright pink, lilac and lime green feature in most pictures and these colour choices apart from being hard on the eye didn't reflect the period of history shown. I think this book will be enjoyed by those who may not read the original or may encourage some to go on to read Anne's full story.
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2,534 reviews1 follower
August 14, 2022
This is a middle grade historical fiction graphic novel basic off of the book "Anne of Green Gables". The classic book "Anne of Green Gables" was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I ordered the graphic novel off of Amazon after seeing the audiobook on Netgalley because I thought it was crazy having an audiobook for a graphic novel. I decided when I picked up the graphic novel to get the audiobook off of Netgalley to see what it was like. I am listening to the audiobook while reading the graphic novel. I have to say that the audiobook brings a lot to the table because their is sound effects and a full cast of Narrators. Their is also some added parts in the audiobook that is not in the graphic novel. I do not think I would enjoy the audiobook without having the graphic novel to read along with it. The pictures in the graphic novel has great art work in it, and the art work brings the story to life. This Graphic Novel has only the big events that happens in the classic book, and It kindof left me wanting more. I did love all the narrators, and I think they did a great job with the audiobook. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author (Mariah Marsden) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
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1,467 reviews717 followers
March 29, 2018
4☆ A beautifully illustrated Graphic novel

This was a little hard reading this novel on my kindle hence the 4☆ rating.

However it was beautifully illustrated and easy to read. The perfect read for adults and children.

I was swept away with the classic charming story of Anne of Green Gables which i remember when i was a child and loved so dearly.

It was a whimsical wonderland, Anne's wonderland. Anne is a really special little girl who touches the hearts of everyone she meets.
There is an air of magic about Anne of Green Gables and it's like the illustrations just come to life.

I Would definetly reccomend this beautifully charming Graphic novel,  but maybe for use on a tablet and not kindle.

The perfect read for young and old.
So snuggle up and read together and get lost in the Magical adventures of Anne of Green Gables.

Thank you to Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

My Review is also on my blog website:

November 7, 2017

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I fell in love with Anne for the first time while watching the BBC mini-series version of the books. Her bosom friendship with Diana, her winning over of the aloof but good-hearted Marilla, her instant simpatico with Matthew, her enemies-to-friends relationship with Gilbert Blythe, and her constant good cheer in the face of never-ending bad luck totally made me fall hard for my fellow socially awkward, compulsive chatter-box.

As with any adaptation, fans are bound to either love or hate ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A GRAPHIC NOVEL. It makes the rookie mistake of trying to incorporate multiple volumes of the story into one book, so it reads as being very front-heavy in terms of plot, with the end of the book feeling very rushed.

That said, reading this graphic-novel reminded me of my love for the story and made me want to re-read the books. Most of the highlights are here - the hair-dye incident, for example, and the case of the missing brooch - and they are classic. Anne actually reminds me a lot of Pollyanna (the good version, not the cruddy Disney version); I just adore tales of sweet and loving children. They give me faith in youth, while also making me want to be a better person, myself.

If you like Anne, and also like graphic novels, this book is a must. <3

Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy!

4.5 stars
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3,211 reviews104 followers
October 15, 2018
Perhaps I am indeed being a trifle too harsh here, but one star off immediately and with a huge and nastily hissing angry exclamation of "bah humbug" because on the cover of Mariah Marsden's Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel Lucy Maud Montgomery's name (the name of the actual and original author of Anne of Green Gables) is NOT EVEN shown. As a lifelong and devoted fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery's writing (and not only of her Anne of Green Gables series either), I find this omission both massively insulting to Montgomery herself and also rather academically dishonest. Yes, there is indeed a dedication to Lucy Maud Montgomery (which I guess is somewhat of a positive) within the book proper, but sorry, even though I am more than well aware of the fact that the writing, that the oeuvre of Lucy Maud Montgomery is now basically in the so-called area of public domain, for a graphic novel adapted from and based on one of the most well-known and beloved Canadian children's classics of ALL time, for Mariah Marsden (and for Andrews McMeel Publishing) to NOT prominently place Montgomery's name right on the cover page (as the original author), this is to and for me an almost unforgivable faux pas (especially since Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel mostly remains pretty close to Lucy Maud Montgomery's original text, with Mariah Marsden obviously often using verbatim entire passages of the original novel of Anne of Green Gables, not really an issue, IF Montgomery's name had also been placed on the front cover, which is unfortunately NOT the case here).

Now with regard to Brenna Thummler presented artwork (and her illustrations are, because this is a graphic novel adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, indeed as important and as essential a part of the whole and entire reading experience as Mariah Marsden's textual adaption is), while definitely not in any way inappropriate or visually offensive, I am sorry to say that Thummler's pictorial images are also sometimes if not even rather way too often not all that much to my aesthetic and personal tastes (and really generally not as how I have always visualised Anne of Green Gables when I am reading it). Now that is not to say that I have vehemently despised the artwork, as there are indeed a number of illustrations I have actually very much enjoyed (and I do think that for the most part Brenna Thummler does manage to visually capture a realistic and authentic feeling historical ambience). However, both the general colour schemes used in the illustrations (too much pink and too many pastel like hues, and Anne Shirely with her red hair clad in pink that really does look simply terrible) and how some of the characters are depicted do leave more than a bit for me to be personally desired (I have liked neither the images of Matthew Cuthbert who to my eyes usually appears as much too young a man nor of Anne Shirley herself who truly tends to appear quite physically ugly to the extreme at times, and with facial expressions that especially if and when she is very upset or ecstatically happy look not particularly natural but rather like grimacing caricatures), not to mention that both Gilbert Blythe and Diana Barry have pretty wan and expressionless countenances, with Gilbert sometimes even appearing more than a trifle effeminate. And after Matthew's death, why the heck does it say on the headstone that he died in 1918? Come on, did the adapter and illustrator not read the novels, as everyone knows that Anne was a child in the 1870s, because in 1918, during WWI, she was a middle aged wife with four children (including a son who had fallen in battle in the trenches of France, see the last of the Anne books, see Rilla of Ingleside).

Finally, I should definitely point out that I have indeed and certainly much enjoyed and appreciated that unlike so many (actually unlike the vast majority of) graphic novels I have read to date, the presented text of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel thankfully and appreciatively appears in a relatively large print and font size (making the printed words easy to read even for those of us with ageing eyes). And yes, again thankfully (and as already alluded to above) much of Mariah Marsden's narrative does correspond pretty closely to the original novel (which is of supreme importance to and for me, as I would have simply despised it if the adapted textual presentation of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel had veered too far from Lucy Maud Montgomery's original words). So therefore, as far as a graphic novel adaption of Anne of Green Gables goes, this here book definitely looks, feels and reads like a generally successful, enjoyable endeavour (and one that I would also generally and without much hesitation recommend to readers interested in graphic novel renditions of classic children's literature). However, my rather lacklustre reaction to Brenna Thummler's artwork and the oh so very much personally annoying and problematic issue that Lucy Maud Montgomery's name is not listed as it in my opinion should be (on the book front cover) makes me only willing and able to rank Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel with two and a half stars (rounded up to a low three star ranking, as I do appreciate the efforts of both author and illustrator and also must realise that not everyone will be as upset with the author's name, with Lucy Maud Montgomery's name not being shown on the book front cover as I have been, and well, art and book illustrations, they are always personal and based on individual tastes, likes and dislikes).
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1,193 reviews248 followers
September 24, 2017
When orphan Anne (with an e) Shirley is sent to live with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in place of the boy they had requested to assist them with the farm work, neither could have imagined how this redheaded, freckled spit fire would impact their lives. Spirited, passionate and a chatterbox with a heart of gold who manages to accidentally get herself into trouble quite frequently, Anne transforms Green Gables and Avonlea with her presence. Kindred spirits with best friend Diana and ruthlessly competitive with Gilbert, who she'd swear she despises, Anne is one of those characters that never leaves your heart once she takes up residence.

While I fell in love with Megan Follows' Anne in the 1985 miniseries of Anne of Green Gables and have watched it, along with its sequels, more times than I can count, and own the most beautiful hardcover 100th anniversary edition of the book, I feel I need to admit my utter failure to ever manage to be able to get into the book. I'm so sorry, L.M. Montgomery! I absolutely adored this graphic novel edition of Anne of Green Gables so much that I'm now determined to move Ms. Montgomery's novel higher up my TBR pile and attempt it again.

Kindred spirits the world over, those long time friends of Anne and those meeting her for the first time, are going to be entranced by Mariah Marsden's graphic novel adaptation of this classic. Faithful to the story and characters I know and love, Mariah has made Anne accessible to those who may not have come across her otherwise and reminded those of us who already love her why she will always have a place in our hearts.

Brenna Thummler's whimsical illustrations match the story perfectly. She brings out the individual quirks and characters of each person she illustrates. Her bright, cheerful images transport you to Avonlea and make you want to take up residence.

I received an ARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback. I hope to see Mariah and Brenna team up again in the near future to tackle Anne sequels in the same format.
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Author 28 books5,678 followers
August 13, 2021
The more I think about this, the more I love it, on the strength of the adaptation. I am, of course, I huge Anne of Green Gables fan. Have been since my youth. When someone last week mentioned that their friend Brenna Thummler, artist/author of SHEETS, had drawn a graphic novel of ANNE, I had bought the book on Amazon before she was finished with that sentence! I loved the way the story was pared down to fit into the graphic format, and I loved the way the gowns and hair and landscape were depicted. I agree with my daughter that the faces were not my favorite, but it's Thummler's style, and she can do what she wants!

Just charming, all around!
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3,517 reviews618 followers
April 3, 2020
"Anne could see her life through the window of Green Gables--a future filled with worthy work, sincere friendships, and unknowable adventures--and she realized that her world was bigger than she had imagined it to be."

The graphic novelization of the classic "Anne of Green Gables" is captivating and brings the novel to life in a new way. Younger readers may find this version to be just the introduction they need before falling in love with the original. Either way, they will get to spend time with Anne at Green Gables. The windowpane motif at the beginning and end of the book capture slices of life and immerse the reader in Anne's world. Highly recommended!
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1,011 reviews213 followers
September 4, 2017
+Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

3.5 kindred stars

The story about the orphan girl going to live to Avonlea has become a beloved classical . Her long dialogues full of hyperbolic wonder -and despair- and her life with the Cuthber siblings in a small community in Prince Edward are a delight to read.


In this adaptation of the novel as graphic novel we see moments of great success, and others in which the continuity is lost.

Although much of the story of Anne is expressed here, I would say that this is rather a companion for those who already knew the novel from before and so do not get lost with these jumps, and where several characters lack the depth due to understand certain aspects of his relations with Anne, and her reactions (to friends and frenemies).

*The art is somewhat naive and is beautiful especially in the landscapes and colors of nature; however, I do not agree with her interpretation of Anne herself. and even Diana and sometimes Gilbert. I like, on the other hand, the depiction of Marilla and her neighbor, Rachel Lynde.


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222 reviews122 followers
October 26, 2020
I don't think I can stress how much I adore Anne of Green Gables, so reading this made me very emotional! I've never actually felt that way about a graphic novel before. The illustrations here were absolutely lovely, and it managed to encompass what I love about Anne into a quicker, easy to read format. The illustrations were so lovely, and my desire to re-watch the movies is so strong now!
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1,512 reviews5 followers
September 27, 2017
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A comic adaption of the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. 11-year-old Anne is an orphan adopted by Matthew and Marilla, siblings, when they decide they need another hand around the farm. She takes everyday moments and turns them into something thrilling and brilliant!

I requested the book spur of the moment after I saw it a couple of times on the graphic novels page. I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was young, it was an old television show and I adored it! I can't remember if I ever read the books or not... but a friend is reading the series and loves them, so I thought this would be a great thing to try so I could talk to her about it.

I was attracted to the art from just the cover but I loved the art style even more when I opened the book! I really felt like the art style captures Anne and her wildly fluctuating emotions so well and it hearkens to the time period this story is set in. There is such a wonderful use of perspective and white space in the frames. I didn't mind the subtle expressions and I loved the colorful palette. GAH!! The art TOTALLY MAKES the graphic novel!!

Anne's exuberance and EMOTIONS are captured so well in the art. It's not just the face but the body and how its used in the frames that so essentially captures Anne. She has her specific hangups and boy does she feel wildly and long!! I love her flights of fancy! How she gets into trouble yet how plain delightful she is! Even though this is set in a historical time period I think girls today can still relate to Anne. And even though its been a while since I knew this character it feels like the Anne that I fell in love with...

A lot of effort was made to include the most important people in Anne's life and I like how balanced they were. Matthew and Marilla and their own take on how they think Anne should be raised. Hats off to Matthew and how he would stand up to Marilla when he felt it important. Her bosom friend Diana who she nearly had to break up with! GAH! Her apology to Mrs. Lynde made me gasp... And her developing relationship with Gilbert and her friends... WOW! I was totally captured by their relationships with Anne...

The most important events that mark Anne's life have been teased out and drawn up. While I got everything I needed to about Anne and her relationships I did think the plot advanced quickly. Too quickly for my taste. I would love to have felt more of the character arc that was in the book. I didn't struggle understanding anything or feel there were gaps but it felt more like a memoir rather than a story. While I wanted a little more definition to the story I was very into what was happening with Anne at every stage of her life and I felt for her at each of her milestones.

I liked where the end went to and how it got a lot more plot centered with the characters all playing their parts. I was really satisfied with the point they left the story on but I almost think it would have been better to develop this into 2 volumes or even 1 volume per book. (There would have been more room to linger on the characters in Anne's life rather than relegating them to bit parts! Which incidentally isn't wrong just would have been fun...)

Really I quite LOVED this book and read the first 35% without meaning too having only intended on getting to the right page to start and ended up just reading and reading, consuming the story!! I laughed and cried with this short little volume and loved every minute of it... I feel like the art is SO GOOD that this is a nifty little volume to buy and keep as a coffee table book that you or even guests can flip through and use as a conversation starter.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Leads
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Others
⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension
⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Development

BOTTOM LINE: Perfect for those emotion filled girls in your life!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...!
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1,052 reviews156 followers
August 19, 2021
I've never in all my life seen or heard anything quite like her.

The siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want to adopt a boy to help work around the farm but when Matthew gets to the orphanage, they only have a girl to send away with him. Matthew brings home Anne and at first Marilla doesn't want her but warms to her gradually. Matthew and Marilla both come to love Anne dearly and vice versa.

I haven't read the original classic book but when I heard about this graphic novel adaptation, I instantly wanted to read this. This is a fun, cute, quirky, lovely, heart-warming and tear-jerking read. I didn't think I'd end up liking it as much as I did. Illustrations took a bit getting used to but I loved how they captured the simplicity and the picturesqueness of the Green Gables.

4 stars
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Author 2 books624 followers
February 25, 2020
I've been wanting to read the second book of the original series for a couple of years. I decided to refresh my memory first by reading this beautiful graphic novel. I'm glad I did! The illustrations are great and the retelling is interesting. I preferred the novel, but the graphic novel was just what I needed. Now I'm ready to read Anne of Avonlea!
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102 reviews102 followers
March 20, 2020
5 🌟

Le doy esta puntuación, pero le daría muchísimo más si fuera posible 😍 Esta preciosa novela gráfica reúne toda la esencia de la novela original y capta a la perfección los rasgos de la personalidad de Ana. Me ha encantado reencontrarme con ella una vez más, con su carácter tan dicharachero e imaginativo ❤️ Si os gustan las historias con alma, donde florecen valores tan extraordinarios como el amor, la amistad, el valor o la familia, tenéis que darle sin duda una oportunidad.

Me ha encantado y se cuela sin duda entre mis mejores lecturas de lo que llevamos de año.

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1,606 reviews100 followers
October 11, 2021
This perfectly captures the eccentric spirit of Anne. The art is really good at depicting the subtle facial expressions of the characters. You can see Matthew's pride in Anne, Marilla's exasperation after seeing Anne's antics, and Anne's sense of wonder in the facial expressions. There are also several scenes which depict Anne lying face down in the depths of despair either on the ground or on a bed. Those scenes always brought a smile to my face. Anne is just so open and honest with her feelings that it is impossible not to like her as a character.

Towards the end of the book, as Anne starts to mature and make important life decisions, there is a sense of sadness. The sadness of life moving on. This is something I think everyone can relate to, and this section of the book really pulls out the tears and makes you reflect on your own life.
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1,116 reviews3,035 followers
May 6, 2023
Ich weiß ja nicht. Irgendwie funktioniert diese graphische Adaption des Kinderbuchklassikers Anne of Green Gables überhaupt nicht für mich. Brenna Thummlers Illustrationen sind wunderbar (wenn auch nicht mein favorisierter Stil), aber die Dialoge und die Umsetzung des Originalmaterials durch Mariah Marsden sind einfach nur schrecklich.

Ich hatte diese Graphic Novel auf dem Schirm, da Ariel Bissett sie mehrfach überschwänglich lobte. Brenna Thummler war mir ebenfalls ein Begriff. Und als ich sah, dass das Buch über Kindle Unlimited verfügbar ist, habe ich es mir spontan runtergeladen. Die Lektüre dauert nicht mehr als 30 Minuten. Das Commitment ist demnach nicht besonders groß. Und da liegt auch schon das Problem.

Anne of Green Gables ist ein wunderbarer Roman; auf über 400 Seiten schauen wir der kleinen Anne beim Aufwachsen zu, wir gehen mit ihr durch Höhen und Tiefen, erfreuen uns, wenn sie mal wieder in ein Fettnäpfchen tritt oder Abenteuer mit ihren Freundinnen ausheckt. Montgomery hat ein wahnsinnig gutes Gespür dafür, die Gefühle und Atmosphäre einer (mehr oder minder) unbeschwerten Kindheit inmitten einer kanadischen Landschaft mit ihren Worten zu transportieren. Anne of Green Gables ist ein klassischer Coming of Age-Roman. Anne, unsere Protagonistin, hat viel zu lernen. Ihr Erwachsenwerden und all die Erkenntnisse, die damit einhergehend, vermittelt Montgomery auf authentische und einfühlsame Weise.

Der Graphic Novel von Marsden und Thummler gelingt dies nicht. Die Geschichte ist viel zu schnell erzählt, wir springen von Abenteuer zu Abenteuer, ohne in den witzigen, tollen, schönen Momente zu verweilen, ohne Anne die Zeit zu geben, aus ihren Fehlern zu lernen. Die Graphic Novel ist ca. 200 Seiten lang, bei einer Textvorlage, die doppelt so lang ist (und absolut keine Bilder enthält), kann man sich ja ausmalen, wie viel von dem Originalmaterial weggelassen wurde. All die essentiellen Szenen, durch die wir verstehen, warum Anne so ist wie sie ist, warum sie so sauer auf Gilbert ist, warum sie so viel redet, fehlen. Dieser graphischen Adaption fehlt jeglicher Charme und jeglicher Sinn. Für mich war es eine wahre Enttäuschung. Da häng' ich mir lieber ein paar Prints von Thummler in mein Zimmer, das Buch werde ich definitiv nicht nachkaufen.
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September 5, 2017
I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables for the first time a few months ago, and I feel utterly in love with it.

The art style of this graphic novel is simply gorgeous, I loved every little detail, every choice of colour, it was truly done beautifully!

The author respected the soul of the story, of course you can’t put such a book in only a few hundred pages, but the most important moments were there and I’m glad to see that it was still Anna of Green Gables, not someone else’s story or interpretation.

It’d make me so happy if all the other books were made into graphic novels, especially because this art style suits the story so well!


Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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846 reviews929 followers
January 16, 2018
I'm not familiar with the classic story but I watched a booktuber talk passionately about this graphic novel and decided to give it a go. I'm very glad that I did.

The illustrations are superb and full of vibrant colour giving it a nostalgic and fairytale-esque feel.

I loved the story of the very spirited Anne (with an E) who had so much love to give and enthusiasm for everything in life. She was such a lively and imaginative character who possessed a very kind heart.

A lovely and tender read about family, friendships and the importance of being true to oneself.
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599 reviews220 followers
December 14, 2017
I remember reading Anne of Green Gables as a child and also watching her on the good old VHS player. I always thought that she was pretty annoying to be honest - but her childish mannerisms eventually grew into ambition and drive. The art in this graphic was stunning.
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523 reviews72 followers
December 27, 2017
Ela é toda atrapalhada , só se mete em apuros , mas tem um coração de ouro e o melhor aprende com cada erro e cresce maravilhosamente tanto moral como físicamente e encanta a todos principalmente seus pais adotivos.
Que livro maravilhoso. ...Agora entendo porque Anne é tão querida. ...
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513 reviews87 followers
October 18, 2021
Que delícia de livro! Li a obra original e adorei. Vi a série e fiquei fascinada. Agora fui irremediavelmente arrebatada por esta personagem tão deliciosa!
A história da menina órfã que encontrou em Green Gables um lar é já muito conhecida por esse mundo fora. Mas esta versão acaba por dar ainda mais vida à menina cheia de sonhos e imaginação que já conhecemos da história original.
Uma adaptação brilhante!
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1,798 reviews2,391 followers
March 2, 2021

This adaptation is available both as a graphic novel and this audiobook version. I listened to the audiobook and read the graphic novel after, since the audiobook I have doesn’t include the illustrations, and I was curious if they lived up to the audio adaption of Anne of Green Gables.

Listening to this audiobook was such a pleasure, it really does bring the spirit of Anne to life, and adds so much charm to the story. Timewise, this is much more manageable for younger children as it is slightly an hour and forty-five minutes. With three distinct narrators, Sharon Alexander as Anne, Rachel Jacobs as Marilla and Alan Carlson as Gilbert, this flows effortlessly, and is perfect on its own.
This abridged adaptation of Anne of Green Gables provides a wonderful introduction to Anne for children, one which parents will also enjoy.

Published: 02 Mar 2021

Many thanks for the ARC provided by Andrews McMeel Audio / Andrews McMeel Publishing
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