Dracula (Manga Classics) – written by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Virgina Nitouhel, adapted by Stacy King

  Dracula (Manga Classics) – written by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Virgina Nitouhel, adapted by Stacy King, Manga Classics, 9781947808065, 2019

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Horror

What did you like about the book?  The story of Dracula has been tackled by the wondrous team of Manga Classics, adapting this centuries-old and still-beloved tale of Transylvania for a new audience.  Just as with their other adaptations, this book combines direct wording from Stoker’s original with black and white illustrations that make for a concise, faithful, and visually appealing end product.

Nitouhel’s illustrations are eye-catching and make excellent use of line and shadow in particular.  These elements play well with scenes of action and dark transformations or realizations, respectively, and set a foreboding and intriguing mood that suits the story and text selected by King.  As the book was originally an epistolary novel and comprised of diary entries, newspaper articles, etc. different fonts were used for varying characters’ writing and other forms of communication.  Dramatic scenes, such as the first arrival of Count Dracula or the voyage of the Demeter, are made all the more compelling with the added visuals alongside a character’s unique “handwriting.”

Several pages of back matter explore the original story and explain the process of adaptation.

All books in the Manga Classics series thus far have ranged from “okay” to “great” and this one lands on the upper end of the scale into nearly “stunning.”

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for fans of the original Dracula or other classics (or Manga Classics) such as Edgar Allen Poe’s tales or Frankenstein. Reluctant readers who enjoy suspense will likely enjoy this title!

Who should buy this book? Libraries where other titles in the series have been popular.  If you’ve not yet tried them with your audience, this is a great one to start with!

Where would you shelve it ? YA Graphic Novels.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you like Dracula, yes!  If not, you’re fine keeping it on the shelf.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewFebruary 10, 2020     

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