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Thursday 17 February 2011

Review: The Little Prince Graphic Novel Edition

Ah, any excuse on heaven and earth to revisit this timeless classic by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, and even more fun to peruse this stunning tale effected so beautifully in a graphic novel by the talented Joann Sfar.

Perhaps this amazing book will spawn many a graphic novel adaptation of classic books, particularly given the current resurgent popularity of the graphic novel... for a graphic novel is not only a cool comic-style way to intimate a story, it's a fascinating way to see inside a story like never before.

Of course, in the classic tale of The Little Prince, both the aviator and the Little Prince are enigmatic souls but in this graphic take, we are transported not only inside the pilot's craft and inside the heart and head of both central characters. In so doing, we can feel closer and more able to relate to the characters than ever before.

Using ink, cross-hatching and computerised colour, the images in the book are kooky, fluid, fun - and funny. They are also emotional and oddly dry, making for a fascinating way to re-evoke this beloved tale.

Leave your adult world behind and re-enter this tale of self-understanding and friendship - and take the kids with you. A must-own update of a must-own classic.

Title: The Little Prince Graphic Novel Edition
Author: Joann Sfar
Publisher: Walker Books, $29.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2010
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781406325447
For ages: 8+
Type: Graphic Novel