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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,983 ratings  ·  328 reviews
For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince has captured the hearts and minds of its readers. The whimsical story with a fairy tale touch has sold over 80 million copies in 230 languages. This exciting graphic adaptation features beautiful, new artwork by Joann Sfar. Hand-chosen by Saint-Exupéry's French publishers for his literary style and sens ...more
Hardcover, 110 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 18th 2008)
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Mariah Roze
This was cute. The beginning was a little confusing and I only knew what was going on because I had read the original book.

I love reading classic novels, then reading their graphic novel :) I started that tradition and that is what happened in this situation. I actually preferred the classic or the graphic in this case.
Nnedi
hmm. this one was...weird. i think i liked it...i'm not sure...i dunno...gimme a few weeks to mull it over.
Ciye Cho
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
[Notes: mild spoilers regarding the original... and Sfar's interpretations of the characters]

"The Little Prince" is one of my favorite books, so I was thrilled to discover a graphic novel adaptation. Joann Sfar's version of Saint-Exupery's timeless work is both familiar yet curiously different.

Right from the first page, Sfar is unafraid to mix things up. In the original book, Saint-Exupery begins by explaining his childhood drawings of snakes; Sfar, however, starts his graphic novel with a conve
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David Schaafsma
I liked the original, and think this version actual undermines the quality of the original in certain ways, but the art is good, from a fine artist, and it helps me recall the original…. would send a young person to the original, not this comic version, though, as with Hope Larson's Wrinkle in Time. They are entitled to their own versions, just as filmmakers are of versions of books and short stories, but with classic tales, hmm, I see a pattern forming here in my taste and opinion about these c ...more
David Shelton
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I completely love this book!

I read the original book Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in French in my high-school French class, and fell in love with the author's charming self-illustrations, and its philosophy and what it has to say about relationships.

Having said that, this graphic novel, which I found in my local library while searching for something else, at first troubled me--I thought it would mess with the charm or messages of the original--but I was pulled inside by the cover
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Mia  Bakhthiar
I believe it did not do the book justice, and it was a bit difficult to follow, but the illustrations were fascinating!
Aditya
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The witty dialogues about human idiosyncrasies make me think that this book is meant for adults. But then, children are oftentimes wiser; the Little Prince would agree. This graphic novel version has also been nicely drawn.
The original text is on my to-read list now!
Kathrina
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: resources-for-ya
I guess my heart is made of wood these days -- almost everyone seems to love this book, but I think the evidence is misleading. You'll probably only read this if you're already a fan of that precious little prince. We've been asked to read this for our Resources for Young Adults class, and I cannot envision a young adult that would be drawn to this. This is for grown-up fans of the original, perhaps folks that first read it in French. I'm willing to be challenged on that claim, but for now...Thi ...more
Spaghettitoes
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
CRYING! CRYING AT A BUS STATION!!!

That's pretty much all I need to say right? I loved this story, it was so delightful and so right for children. The author really has a fabulous way of talking to children without being condescending and creates this lovely little world where you can think like that and it's okay.

The ending, oh I was sobbing at a London bus stop at 6am but it's really good too. I then took it the rest of the trip to my 7 year old nephew. I warned him about the sad bit (getting
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Annie Petkova
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stunning masterpiece of how when you listen to the child within you will find the answers to all your existential questions.
Camilo
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic, this time I was able to read it in french (first french book I can actually read!).

Everytime you read it you get something new from it.
Alexis Barth
I loved both this version and the other version of "The Little Prince." There is some differences on how both authors portray the artwork. Not a big deal. Both get the point across. This version kinda of goes more in depth compared to the other in my opinion. So if you get confused, this version may answer your questions. This version is also a bit humorous compared to the other. In the end it's a beautiful version! Well done!
Michael
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
Beautiful art. I never read the children's book, but Sfar crafts a curious and engaging tale of youthful imagination and wonder and responsibilities. It's sad and beautiful, and full of whimsical, oddball encounters, and well worth a look.
Sahar Ayachi
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply my all time favourite book that I plan to read and re-read in all the languages I know.
Firoz Kathrada
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book of profound and timeless wisdom.
Corinne Edwards
As a child, I was addicted to this bizarre movie of a small boy from another planet. Our Little Prince befriends a pilot whose plane has broken down in the desert. The pilot, while once very frustrated with the unimaginative-ness of adults, finds himself acting like an adult when confronted with the naivete of the Little Prince. The Little Prince has left his tiny planet and its inhabitants to travel the universe, trying to learn about whatever is out there and, in the process, discovers many of ...more
Steph
When you love a story, it's a joy to visit it through other mediums. So the ever-popular The Little Prince is an obvious choice for a graphic adaptation.

I really enjoyed Sfar's version, but I'm repulsed by his choice to personify the little prince's vain flower as a thin, busty woman with a telephone in hand. Isn't it bad enough for the flower to be gendered at all? Does it really need to have all these 'feminine traits'?? That kind of threw off my experience; but otherwise I think this is a de
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Damon
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
It is actually painful for me to rate this book so low. I absolutely love both Sfar and the original of The Little Prince. It's just... sad that the combination of the two fell short of how great I was imaging this would be. Using an oddly-edited version of the text, the story reads in a weirdly choppy way, at points almost seeming like pages are missing (I looked back and checked the page numbers more than once), and Sfar's illustration work is fine, but it doesn't seem to capture the... delica ...more
Sarah
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been years since I read the original, and I know this one varies from it but am not clear on how much at this point. Honestly, it's hard for me talk about this in comparison to the original because even though I love it, I don't have a clear memory of it. That said, this is just as poignant and moving as I remember the original to be. There are so many beautiful lines, and truths, in this book. As a graphic novel, it is well laid out and easy to read, and the illustrations, I think, add t ...more
Amal Masle
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
ahh that was refreshing.
I absolutely love the original novel so I had to check out the graphic novel adaption. The illustrations! I was pretty iffy with the style initially but later then I come to appreciate how Joanne Sfar completely captured the characters, the scenery, the FEEEEELS and how it didn't alter the charms of the original book. I loveoloveloveleol the little prince and I am beyond excited for the film adaptation.
Lars Guthrie
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joann Sfar has been in the news recently because of his new movie about Serge Gainsbourg. The film sounds intriguing, and I hope it sends more people to Sfar's prodigious and excellent comic book catalog. To his credit, Sfar insists on calling them comic books, dismissing the highbrow 'graphic novel' as a term for adults who might be embarrassed in the bookstore. Sfar writes superb comic books for adults and children, and his adaptation of 'The Little Prince' is no exception.
Kris
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Let me be clear that this review is for the graphic novel, and not for the original The Little Prince book, which is one of my favorites. This adaptation was a disappointment. It was confusing and missed many of the main points and charm of the original book. The art was not really my favorite. The little prince kind of looked like Stewie Griffin. So, read the original.
Deboleena
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The simplicity of the book is its most arresting feature. The so called 'Children's books'have always impressed me with their charm and the ease with which they sought out complex human life tangles. The book is a brisk read, champions the less is more speech style and often makes you smile with its worldly wisdom. A book that you can re-read and comprehend something new altogether.
Maryam
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
about friendship and its deeply connect
Karen
one of the prettiest things I've read in my whole life. If you read it, please read it in French. te original is so much better.
The Book Girl
cute, silly, wonderful. Review to come!
Kerry
Maybe this just isn't the time for me to read this. I was bored stiff.
Daren Doucet
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic, beautiful story that always endures in our hearts, that comes around only once in a blue moon.
Farah
I was expecting a lot from this book since it was my first time reading it. It was okay. I wasn't amazed by it.
Emiliana Mendez
I gave this book 4 stars because is a really good book because it has a story behind all that. It has an inspiration behind that book. Sometimes we think that some stories are for children, but how can you be so sure? This book has a really good massage and meaning and I think that’s a great quality for a book. I’m in AWE with this book because when you start investigating and start searching for information you understand the book much more.
My favorite part of this book was when (le petit princ
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Joann Sfar (born August 28, 1971 in Nice) is a French comics artist, comic book creator, and film director.

Sfar is considered one of the most important artists of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics. Many of his comics were published by L'Association which was founded in 1990 by Jean-Christophe Menu and six other artists. He also worked together with many of the new movement's main artists, e.g.
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