The Giver graphic novel by P. Craig Russell


by P. Craig Russell, adapted from the book by Lois Lowry
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m a bit reluctant to say too much because I’m don’t want to give anything away. This version stays extremely close to the original, which I have read probably about ten times. Since the book is narration heavy, this version is also narration-heavy, especially to start. Once the story really got going, though, is where the medium really shone. Parts of the story involving color and memory transfer worked very well in a visual medium. All that being said, I did not really love the drawings themselves, particularly the style of drawing people. It was interesting to note the artist’s comment in the back matter that he portrayed them not futuristically but rather in a sort of 1950’s throwback style in an attempt to ward off looking out of date.

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