A New Wrinkle for an Old Classic

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Adapted by Hope Larson
Genre: science fiction, graphic novel
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Date: March 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Caitlin Anderson
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

It was a dark and stormy night…and the only way I can imagine 392 pages going so quickly is for them to have tesseracted while I was reading.

Hope Larson adapted and illustrated an absolutely gorgeous version of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic work on it’s 50th birthday. While most adaptations deliver a light version, I suspect L’Engle would be proud of this gem. To read the graphic novel is to read the novel.

If you aren’t familiar with the plot of A Wrinkle in Time, it’s time to get acquainted. A new version is coming out from Hollywood soon and you should read the book before the hold list at the library becomes unmanagable.

Meg Murray is an outcast in her town and an oddball in her own home. She’s brilliant in the things she’s brilliant in…and clueless in every other subject. Her mother is a beautiful scientist. Her twin brothers are popular. But she, young Charles Wallace, and their missing father provide plenty of gossip fodder for their small town.

It’s not until a mysterious stranger whirls into her house in the middle of a dark and stormy night, that Meg finds out the truth about her missing father. It has something to do time travel and tessering. And if precocious Charles Wallace is correct, the ethreal weird sisters of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit are the ones who can help them bring their father home.

Add in the handsome Calvin O’Keefe, the pulsing IT, and a swirling dash of allegory, and you have a tale that reaches the far reaches of the galaxy…and the soul.

Larson’s graphic novel is gorgeous and does Meg’s story more than justice. Larson takes the heartbeat of the novel, dusting off the extraneous bits, and offers up the core story with perfect illustrations and imaginings.

The graphic novel is available online, as is the original classic. Read them now before you see the movie.”

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