Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

Anne Shirley has been delighting readers for generations; her "genius for trouble" and the family she finds in Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert's home are timeless experiences, even with the early 20th-century setting of puffed sleeves and one-room schoolhouses. In her graphic novel adaptation of the classic story, Mariah Marsden faithfully recounts orphan Anne's story, using dialogue to shape the narrative rather than description. Whether it's getting Diana drunk on currant wine or breaking her slate on Gilbert's head after he calls her "carrots," Marsden re-creates Anne's most memorable moments in simple vignettes. The adaptation succeeds by building on Anne's high energy, incorporating simplifications of many of Anne's celebrated interjections throughout ("Would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? I can never decide").

Brenna Thummler's bright, expressive illustrations are a fittingly colorful expression for Anne's fierce heart and buoyant curiosity. Much of her story is told through full-page spreads of wordless panels, suitable for both younger and reluctant readers, and Thummler's illustrations shine as they portray the beautiful world of Avonlea, as well as scenes like Gilbert's attempt to reconcile with Anne by candy heart. "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers," Anne exclaims, on a striking two-page spread framed by trees shedding orange leaves almost the same color of her hair. This fall, readers will be glad, too, as Anne-with-an-E glides back into their lives. --Stephanie Anderson, assistant director of selection, BookOps

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