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Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
This little book about the adventures of a young prince from his own planet as he ventures out into the wider universe is beloved for its deeper story of what is truly important in life. This graphic novel adaptation makes concrete many of the stories inside it, adding richness to the situations contained within. While surprisingly faithful to the text (of the English translation in nongraphic format I examined), the addition of pictures in a frame-by-frame telling of the tale brings an immediacy to the series of dilemmas the little prince and the pilot he meets face, allowing the reader to more fully explore them. In the same way adapting a book to film adds an interpretation that the reader makes on one's own when reading, this transfer to another artistic medium, the graphic novel, adds something that those who love the tale may value. Of course, those who love the tale are unlikely to abandon the textual telling for this one, but the graphic novel, while faithful to the story in the original, is also a work of art in its own right that lovers of the story may also embrace.
Date read: 11/30/2011
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