Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? Four stories and three poems of Edgar Allan Poe are presented in graphic novel form in Gareth Hinds’ newest adaptation of classic literature. Detailed mixed media illustrations rely on dark colors and deep shadows to produce a satisfyingly creepy effect. I especially enjoyed the visuals for “The Telltale Heart.” The reader can watch the smug murderer lose his composure and descend into insanity before their eyes. Another clever touch is Hinds’ “Poe Checklist”, which is a list of twelve themes present in Poe’s work, with corresponding symbols. The title page of each section shows a little scroll with the related themes, such as “angels & demons,” “confinement,” and “guilty conscience (or lack thereof)”. Back matter includes an extensive author’s note on each of the seven works, explaining the possible meaning in Poe’s life and the historical era, and explaining some of Hind’s stylistic decisions.
To whom would you recommend this book? Poe aficionados in grades 9 and up will love this, and those new to Poe will be hooked.
Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Adult or teen graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If Poe is a favorite of yours, I say yes!
Date of review: August 7, 2017