A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am at a disadvantage in reading the graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time because I don’t remember the original story enough to compare it. The only thing I do remember is “It was a dark and stormy night…”. At the same time, I have the advantage of reading the graphic novel fresh for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the illustrations in black, white and blue to highlight the surreal and stark settings as well as give a reminiscent feeling to the tale. My favourite illustration in the book is on page 296 when Meg is entering the dark thing, but her father’s hand is reaching through the frame to pull her back. The abstract combination of lines meeting Meg’s limbs somehow conveys that her soul in as much jeopardy as her body. I think this drawing of Hope Larson’s would make Picasso proud.
The story itself reminds me of The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that hinted at the mathematics and physics behind time travel theory as much as A Wrinkle in Time. I’m also surprised how much spirituality is hinted at through references to the Bible and other philosophical works. I suppose the spiritual questioning of Meg is why most of all this book reminds me of Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time is already part of my secondary school library collection and now I’m glad that I’ll be able to recommend it.