Author: L.M. Montgomery
Adapted by: Mariah Marsden
Illustrator: Brenna Thummler
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ARC?: Yes, provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Release: October 24, 2017
Pages: 232
Rating: 4/5

Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

If you’ve followed me on twitter for any amount of time, you already know how much I love ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I know a lot of people think it’s too outdated but Anne Shirley is always going to be my kindred spirit. Since I was a kid, I’ve collected all sorts of editions of AoGG. Mass paperbacks, special editions, storybooks, movie books… you name it, I want it. So when I saw Dee’s August wrap up and realized there is an AoGG graphic novel coming out, you can be bet I jumped all over it.

It’s the same ol’ story about Anne Shirley coming to Green Gables, the trouble she gets herself into, and the quieter (but still imaginative) young woman she grows in to. What sets this apart, of course, is the artwork. The designs are very simplistic but extremely beautiful and I think the plainness of the art lends itself well to the story. A lot of graphic novels lose their plot because the art just overpowers it but the original AoGG shines through here.

The only reason I couldn’t give this graphic novel 5 stars is that I felt they left out some of the more important aspects of AoGG. It would have been nice to see more Anne and Matthew, and more Anne and Gilbert. While I think it hit the high points of the story, the best parts of AoGG are the little details.

However, if you are an Anne Shirley fan, I definitely recommend this to you!



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