Book review: Snow White: a graphic novel, by Matt Phelan

Phelan, Matt. Snow White: A Graphic Novel. Candlewick, 2016. $19.99. 216p. ISBN 9780763672331. Ages 9+. P8Q10

phelan-snow-whiteThe magic of Snow White reappears in the Jazz Age of the 1930s as a graphic novel when Samantha “Snow” White loses her wealthy businessman father. Because she inherits his money, her actress stepmother, known as the “Queen of the Follies,” decides to kill Snow. Vignettes reminiscent of silent movies show the stepmother finding messages and Snow’s rescue by a gang of seven orphaned boys. But it’s Detective Prince who protects Snow from the poisoned apple. Phelan’s ethereal watercolors—grays highlighted with pinks and reds—combine with the mystery of the fairy-tale plotting in the almost wordless book. Earlier Phelan graphic novels are Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton and The Storm in the Barn.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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