Snow White: A Graphic Novel

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Set in the time of the Great Depression, Snow White is the daughter of a successful business tycoon who somehow manages to keep his fortune through the Depression. After Snow White’s mother dies, her father marries a beautiful but heartless actress who sends Snow off to boarding school. When her father dies under mysterious circumstances, Snow runs away from her stepmother who wants to kill her and take her father’s fortune. She finds protectors in seven street orphans, but even their vigilance cannot keep her safe from her stepmother’s enmity.

The beautiful illustrations, drawn and painted in somber shades of mostly black and white, evoke the scarcity and hopelessness of the Great Depression. The few uses of color are used to great effect to emphasize mood changes and emotions and key iconic objects, such as the poisoned apple, which have a dramatic importance. Characters are drawn swiftly, as if roughly sketched, contributing a dreamlike quality to the story. Everyone knows the story of Snow White, so it is a little difficult to come up with a new way to retell it. However, in this beautiful graphic novel, author Matt Phelan presents a compelling and unique version that makes the story worth revisiting.

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Author Matt Phelan • Matt Phelan, Illustrator
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 216 pages
Publisher Candlewick
Publish Date 2016-09-13
ISBN 9780763672331
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Issue November 2016
Category Tweens


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