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Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation. The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can he Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation. The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm. Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary. The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won't want to leave. — Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Marvels”


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Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation. The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can he Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation. The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm. Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary. The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won't want to leave. — Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Marvels”

30 review for Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I bought this new graphic novel of Anne of Green Gables for my oldest daughter, for her tenth birthday (which is at the end of this month), but I was so anxious to give it to her, I just handed it to her, last week, as she walked in the door from school. This daughter, who is both an artist and a lover of all things Anne, screamed with joy when she saw the cover, then ran up to her room with the book and slammed shut the door. Wait, what? I thought we were going to read it together. After a few mi I bought this new graphic novel of Anne of Green Gables for my oldest daughter, for her tenth birthday (which is at the end of this month), but I was so anxious to give it to her, I just handed it to her, last week, as she walked in the door from school. This daughter, who is both an artist and a lover of all things Anne, screamed with joy when she saw the cover, then ran up to her room with the book and slammed shut the door. Wait, what? I thought we were going to read it together. After a few minutes, I tapped lightly on her door and said, “Honey? Would you let me in? I sort of envisioned us reading it together.” My breathless daughter poked her head out of the door and said, in one long run-on sentence, “Oh.Mommy.no.this.one.I.want.to.read.all.on.my.own.but.Mommy.there's.a.drawing.of.Anne.at.the.train.station.waiting.oh.you.know.Mommy.waiting.for.something.good.to.finally.happen.to.her.oh.mommy.she.just.needs.someone.to.finally.give.her.a.break.oh.Mommy.the.artwork.is.amazing.” She shut the door right in my face. About 45 minutes later, I heard loud, wet-sounding sobs, and I figured she must have reached the bittersweet ending. I opened her door and found her facedown on her bed, bawling. I sat down on the floor and asked, “The part where Anne goes off to school, or the ending?” She gasped and hiccuped and finally responded, “Oh, Mommy. Matthew! What a dear, dear man. WHAT A DEAR, DEAR MAN!” Then she groaned with grief and started sobbing again. It sounded like she was finished with the story, so I tried to slip the copy out from under her, but her hand shot out, and grabbed it back (with surprising force, too). I sighed and left the room. Why didn't I read it before I gave it to her? It took 5 more days of her re-reading it and carrying it in her backpack to school, before I finally got my hands on her copy. And, no, I didn't BAWL, but I cried silently through almost the entire read. The beauty of this story set to some of the most STUNNING artwork I have ever beheld was almost mind-numbing. I immediately went online and bought three more copies. If you are an Anne fan, you need not delay. Please, find yourself a copy today.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    6/28/18: Reread this for my summer 2018 Graphic Novels with focus on girls and liked it even more. The authors sort of adapt from more than one of the series in order to create an arc in which Anne goes from 12-18 years old, conveying the "coming of age" years. There's three main stories and some anecdotes that I felt really flow together. 12/16/17: “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” "To Lucy Maud Montgomery, who reminds us that nothing is as powerful as a girl with imaginat 6/28/18: Reread this for my summer 2018 Graphic Novels with focus on girls and liked it even more. The authors sort of adapt from more than one of the series in order to create an arc in which Anne goes from 12-18 years old, conveying the "coming of age" years. There's three main stories and some anecdotes that I felt really flow together. 12/16/17: “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” "To Lucy Maud Montgomery, who reminds us that nothing is as powerful as a girl with imagination"--Mariah Marsden, dedication Oh! Read it! Loved it! One of the best graphic novels of the year. I just finished it and wanted to tell you so you could put this on your list! I mean it. “Red hair is my life-long sorrow.” You'll think I'm kidding, a late middle-aged guy saying this about a frilly girly old-fashioned book, but I grew up in a house with three sisters who read books such as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the Bobbsey Twins mysteries, and yes, L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books, and because I consumed books in my youth like some people do food, I read and liked this novel a lot and paid no attention to whether it was a "girl's" book or not. It's a good story! Marian Marsden lovingly adapts the heart of Anne's story (as she sees it) with the loving help of Brenna Thummler's lovely illustrations. Oh, I'm guessing the original book would not be a five star book for me today, but the adaptation was five stars in my experience! Well, not AS adaptation , because I can't recall the original, so can't speak to its quality as adaptation, but as story, I liked it a lot. I liked the quiet brother and sister, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who take in the red-haired irrepressibly energetic and bright and precocious orphan into their Avonlea home, and I like her friends, and that boy, Gil, who is always hovering, but Anne is, as she should be, the best. Read it! It's sweet and gorgeous fun, brightening up the slightly stuffy original for today's readers. Maybe it will get kids (yes, and why not boys?) to read the originals.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I now understand why this classic is so beloved and the name Anne Shirley a hard one to forget. There is such charm to this story. It contains honorable themes of family, friendship and forgiveness and delightful, lush illustrations that create both a whimsical and fairytale-esque atmosphere. It will transport you onto a peaceful land where nature prospers and little girls learn to become strong women. Young readers will find in Anne Shirley a companion whose imagination and dreamfulness will ins I now understand why this classic is so beloved and the name Anne Shirley a hard one to forget. There is such charm to this story. It contains honorable themes of family, friendship and forgiveness and delightful, lush illustrations that create both a whimsical and fairytale-esque atmosphere. It will transport you onto a peaceful land where nature prospers and little girls learn to become strong women. Young readers will find in Anne Shirley a companion whose imagination and dreamfulness will inspire dreams of their own. Perhaps even a… bosom friend! Anne Shirley, she is quite unlike anybody else. She sees the world differently. She sees beauty where someone else sees plainness. Magic follows wherever she goes. In her wake can be seen flowers… That Is, if she causes no trouble! Because she is not perfect. Far form it. Her character gets her into trouble more often than imaginable. But she learns, that is true. She is very smart and has honorable goals. A beautiful and heartfelt graphic novel adaptation. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Hard to rate this one, it was interesting to see a classic turned into a graphic novel. I think this book does a good job of getting across the original in this format, but then it's a long time since I've read the original and although I enjoyed the original it wasn't an absolute favourite, so Anne of Green Gables fans might feel differently. My daughter is more familiar with this story and she really enjoyed it. We found certain elements of the illustrations very unappealing. The faces were ve Hard to rate this one, it was interesting to see a classic turned into a graphic novel. I think this book does a good job of getting across the original in this format, but then it's a long time since I've read the original and although I enjoyed the original it wasn't an absolute favourite, so Anne of Green Gables fans might feel differently. My daughter is more familiar with this story and she really enjoyed it. We found certain elements of the illustrations very unappealing. The faces were very disturbing, no pupils and the noses a different colour as if they had been taken of and sewn back on. The colours were particularly jarring, a bright pink, lilac and lime green feature in most pictures and these colour choices apart from being hard on the eye didn't reflect the period of history shown. I think this book will be enjoyed by those who may not read the original or may encourage some to go on to read Anne's full story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    If you know me at all, you'll know that I love Anne of Green Gables, so when I saw this graphic novel adaptation on NetGalley, I snatched the opportunity to read it straight away! I can happily say that this graphic novel version was absolutely, 100% the most PERFECT adaptation I could ever wish for. The illustrations were so stunning they left my mouth hanging open in wonder and the atmosphere of the original Anne text shined through so clearly in this graphic novel version. It's just perfect a If you know me at all, you'll know that I love Anne of Green Gables, so when I saw this graphic novel adaptation on NetGalley, I snatched the opportunity to read it straight away! I can happily say that this graphic novel version was absolutely, 100% the most PERFECT adaptation I could ever wish for. The illustrations were so stunning they left my mouth hanging open in wonder and the atmosphere of the original Anne text shined through so clearly in this graphic novel version. It's just perfect and I will DEFINITELY be purchasing a copy of my own as soon as it comes out!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Illustrations of flora and fauna hint at the beauty of Green Gables that L. M. Montgomery conveys with unparalleled eloquence in her prose novels. Marsden's adaptation succeeds at capturing Anne's fickle moods and earning a few tears; however, Anne's loquaciousness - one of her most endearing qualities - does not translate well to graphic novel format. This book is not without its charms, but it would be a shame if this was a person's first introduction to Anne of Green Gables.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ A beautifully illustrated Graphic novel This was a little hard reading this novel on my kindle hence the 4☆ rating. However it was beautifully illustrated and easy to read. The perfect read for adults and children. I was swept away with the classic charming story of Anne of Green Gables which i remember when i was a child and loved so dearly. It was a whimsical wonderland, Anne's wonderland. Anne is a really special little girl who touches the hearts of everyone she meets. There is an air of magi 4☆ A beautifully illustrated Graphic novel This was a little hard reading this novel on my kindle hence the 4☆ rating. However it was beautifully illustrated and easy to read. The perfect read for adults and children. I was swept away with the classic charming story of Anne of Green Gables which i remember when i was a child and loved so dearly. It was a whimsical wonderland, Anne's wonderland. Anne is a really special little girl who touches the hearts of everyone she meets. There is an air of magic about Anne of Green Gables and it's like the illustrations just come to life. I Would definetly reccomend this beautifully charming Graphic novel,  but maybe for use on a tablet and not kindle. The perfect read for young and old. So snuggle up and read together and get lost in the Magical adventures of Anne of Green Gables. Thank you to Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my blog website: https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I fell in love with Anne for the first time while watching the BBC mini-series version of the books. Her bosom friendship with Diana, her winning over of the aloof but good-hearted Marilla, her instant simpatico with Matthew, her enemies-to-friends relationship with Gilbert Blythe, and her constant good cheer in the face of never-ending bad luck totally made me fall hard for my fellow socially awkward, compulsive chatter-box. As with any ada Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I fell in love with Anne for the first time while watching the BBC mini-series version of the books. Her bosom friendship with Diana, her winning over of the aloof but good-hearted Marilla, her instant simpatico with Matthew, her enemies-to-friends relationship with Gilbert Blythe, and her constant good cheer in the face of never-ending bad luck totally made me fall hard for my fellow socially awkward, compulsive chatter-box. As with any adaptation, fans are bound to either love or hate ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A GRAPHIC NOVEL. It makes the rookie mistake of trying to incorporate multiple volumes of the story into one book, so it reads as being very front-heavy in terms of plot, with the end of the book feeling very rushed. That said, reading this graphic-novel reminded me of my love for the story and made me want to re-read the books. Most of the highlights are here - the hair-dye incident, for example, and the case of the missing brooch - and they are classic. Anne actually reminds me a lot of Pollyanna (the good version, not the cruddy Disney version); I just adore tales of sweet and loving children. They give me faith in youth, while also making me want to be a better person, myself. If you like Anne, and also like graphic novels, this book is a must. <3 Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 4.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Perhaps I am indeed being a trifle too harsh here, but one star off immediately and with a huge and nastily hissing angry exclamation of "bah humbug" because on the cover of Mariah Marsden's Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel Lucy Maud Montgomery's name (the name of the actual and original author of Anne of Green Gables) is NOT EVEN shown. As a lifelong and devoted fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery's writing (and not only of her Anne of Green Gables series either), I find this omission both massive Perhaps I am indeed being a trifle too harsh here, but one star off immediately and with a huge and nastily hissing angry exclamation of "bah humbug" because on the cover of Mariah Marsden's Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel Lucy Maud Montgomery's name (the name of the actual and original author of Anne of Green Gables) is NOT EVEN shown. As a lifelong and devoted fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery's writing (and not only of her Anne of Green Gables series either), I find this omission both massively insulting to Montgomery herself and also rather academically dishonest. Yes, there is indeed a dedication to Lucy Maud Montgomery (which I guess is somewhat of a positive) within the book proper, but sorry, even though I am more than well aware of the fact that the writing, that the oeuvre of Lucy Maud Montgomery is now basically in the so-called area of public domain, for a graphic novel adapted from and based on one of the most well-known and beloved Canadian children's classics of ALL time, for Mariah Marsden (and for Andrews McMeel Publishing) to NOT prominently place Montgomery's name right on the cover page (as the original author), this is to and for me an almost unforgivable faux pas (especially since Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel mostly remains pretty close to Lucy Maud Montgomery's original text, with Mariah Marsden obviously often using verbatim entire passages of the original novel of Anne of Green Gables, not really an issue, IF Montgomery's name had also been placed on the front cover, which is unfortunately NOT the case here). Now with regard to Brenna Thummler presented artwork (and her illustrations are, because this is a graphic novel adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, indeed as important and as essential a part of the whole and entire reading experience as Mariah Marsden's textual adaption is), while definitely not in any way inappropriate or visually offensive, I am sorry to say that Thummler's pictorial images are also sometimes if not even rather way too often not all that much to my aesthetic and personal tastes (and really generally not as how I have always visualised Anne of Green Gables when I am reading it). Now that is not to say that I have vehemently despised the artwork, as there are indeed a number of illustrations I have actually very much enjoyed (and I do think that for the most part Brenna Thummler does manage to visually capture a realistic and authentic feeling historical ambience). However, both the general colour schemes used in the illustrations (too much pink and too many pastel like hues, and Anne Shirely with her red hair clad in pink that really does look simply terrible) and how some of the characters are depicted do leave more than a bit for me to be personally desired (I have liked neither the images of Matthew Cuthbert who to my eyes usually appears as much too young a man nor of Anne Shirley herself who truly tends to appear quite physically ugly to the extreme at times, and with facial expressions that especially if and when she is very upset or ecstatically happy look not particularly natural but rather like grimacing caricatures), not to mention that both Gilbert Blythe and Diana Barry have pretty wan and expressionless countenances, with Gilbert sometimes even appearing more than a trifle effeminate. And after Matthew's death, why the heck does it say on the headstone that he died in 1918? Come on, did the adapter and illustrator not read the novels, as everyone knows that Anne was a child in the 1870s, because in 1918, during WWI, she was a middle aged wife with four children (including a son who had fallen in battle in the trenches of France, see the last of the Anne books, see Rilla of Ingleside). Finally, I should definitely point out that I have indeed and certainly much enjoyed and appreciated that unlike so many (actually unlike the vast majority of) graphic novels I have read to date, the presented text of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel thankfully and appreciatively appears in a relatively large print and font size (making the printed words easy to read even for those of us with ageing eyes). And yes, again thankfully (and as already alluded to above) much of Mariah Marsden's narrative does correspond pretty closely to the original novel (which is of supreme importance to and for me, as I would have simply despised it if the adapted textual presentation of Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel had veered too far from Lucy Maud Montgomery's original words). So therefore, as far as a graphic novel adaption of Anne of Green Gables goes, this here book definitely looks, feels and reads like a generally successful, enjoyable endeavour (and one that I would also generally and without much hesitation recommend to readers interested in graphic novel renditions of classic children's literature). However, my rather lacklustre reaction to Brenna Thummler's artwork and the oh so very much personally annoying and problematic issue that Lucy Maud Montgomery's name is not listed as it in my opinion should be (on the book front cover) makes me only willing and able to rank Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel with two and a half stars (rounded up to a low three star ranking, as I do appreciate the efforts of both author and illustrator and also must realise that not everyone will be as upset with the author's name, with Lucy Maud Montgomery's name not being shown on the book front cover as I have been, and well, art and book illustrations, they are always personal and based on individual tastes, likes and dislikes).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    When orphan Anne (with an e) Shirley is sent to live with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in place of the boy they had requested to assist them with the farm work, neither could have imagined how this redheaded, freckled spit fire would impact their lives. Spirited, passionate and a chatterbox with a heart of gold who manages to accidentally get herself into trouble quite frequently, Anne transforms Green Gables and Avonlea with her presence. Kindred spirits with best friend Diana and ruth When orphan Anne (with an e) Shirley is sent to live with siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in place of the boy they had requested to assist them with the farm work, neither could have imagined how this redheaded, freckled spit fire would impact their lives. Spirited, passionate and a chatterbox with a heart of gold who manages to accidentally get herself into trouble quite frequently, Anne transforms Green Gables and Avonlea with her presence. Kindred spirits with best friend Diana and ruthlessly competitive with Gilbert, who she'd swear she despises, Anne is one of those characters that never leaves your heart once she takes up residence. While I fell in love with Megan Follows' Anne in the 1985 miniseries of Anne of Green Gables and have watched it, along with its sequels, more times than I can count, and own the most beautiful hardcover 100th anniversary edition of the book, I feel I need to admit my utter failure to ever manage to be able to get into the book. I'm so sorry, L.M. Montgomery! I absolutely adored this graphic novel edition of Anne of Green Gables so much that I'm now determined to move Ms. Montgomery's novel higher up my TBR pile and attempt it again. Kindred spirits the world over, those long time friends of Anne and those meeting her for the first time, are going to be entranced by Mariah Marsden's graphic novel adaptation of this classic. Faithful to the story and characters I know and love, Mariah has made Anne accessible to those who may not have come across her otherwise and reminded those of us who already love her why she will always have a place in our hearts. Brenna Thummler's whimsical illustrations match the story perfectly. She brings out the individual quirks and characters of each person she illustrates. Her bright, cheerful images transport you to Avonlea and make you want to take up residence. I received an ARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback. I hope to see Mariah and Brenna team up again in the near future to tackle Anne sequels in the same format.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mitticus

    +Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 kindred stars The story about the orphan girl going to live to Avonlea has become a beloved classical . Her long dialogues full of hyperbolic wonder -and despair- and her life with the Cuthber siblings in a small community in Prince Edward are a delight to read. In this adaptation of the novel as graphic novel we see moments of great success, and others in which the continuity is lost. Although much of the story of An +Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 kindred stars The story about the orphan girl going to live to Avonlea has become a beloved classical . Her long dialogues full of hyperbolic wonder -and despair- and her life with the Cuthber siblings in a small community in Prince Edward are a delight to read. In this adaptation of the novel as graphic novel we see moments of great success, and others in which the continuity is lost. Although much of the story of Anne is expressed here, I would say that this is rather a companion for those who already knew the novel from before and so do not get lost with these jumps, and where several characters lack the depth due to understand certain aspects of his relations with Anne, and her reactions (to friends and frenemies). *The art is somewhat naive and is beautiful especially in the landscapes and colors of nature; however, I do not agree with her interpretation of Anne herself. and even Diana and sometimes Gilbert. I like, on the other hand, the depiction of Marilla and her neighbor, Rachel Lynde.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A comic adaption of the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. 11-year-old Anne is an orphan adopted by Matthew and Marilla, siblings, when they decide they need another hand around the farm. She takes everyday moments and turns them into something thrilling and brilliant! I requested the book spur of the moment after I saw it a couple of times on the graphic novels page. I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was yo Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A comic adaption of the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. 11-year-old Anne is an orphan adopted by Matthew and Marilla, siblings, when they decide they need another hand around the farm. She takes everyday moments and turns them into something thrilling and brilliant! I requested the book spur of the moment after I saw it a couple of times on the graphic novels page. I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was young, it was an old television show and I adored it! I can't remember if I ever read the books or not... but a friend is reading the series and loves them, so I thought this would be a great thing to try so I could talk to her about it. I was attracted to the art from just the cover but I loved the art style even more when I opened the book! I really felt like the art style captures Anne and her wildly fluctuating emotions so well and it hearkens to the time period this story is set in. There is such a wonderful use of perspective and white space in the frames. I didn't mind the subtle expressions and I loved the colorful palette. GAH!! The art TOTALLY MAKES the graphic novel!! Anne's exuberance and EMOTIONS are captured so well in the art. It's not just the face but the body and how its used in the frames that so essentially captures Anne. She has her specific hangups and boy does she feel wildly and long!! I love her flights of fancy! How she gets into trouble yet how plain delightful she is! Even though this is set in a historical time period I think girls today can still relate to Anne. And even though its been a while since I knew this character it feels like the Anne that I fell in love with... A lot of effort was made to include the most important people in Anne's life and I like how balanced they were. Matthew and Marilla and their own take on how they think Anne should be raised. Hats off to Matthew and how he would stand up to Marilla when he felt it important. Her bosom friend Diana who she nearly had to break up with! GAH! Her apology to Mrs. Lynde made me gasp... And her developing relationship with Gilbert and her friends... WOW! I was totally captured by their relationships with Anne... The most important events that mark Anne's life have been teased out and drawn up. While I got everything I needed to about Anne and her relationships I did think the plot advanced quickly. Too quickly for my taste. I would love to have felt more of the character arc that was in the book. I didn't struggle understanding anything or feel there were gaps but it felt more like a memoir rather than a story. While I wanted a little more definition to the story I was very into what was happening with Anne at every stage of her life and I felt for her at each of her milestones. I liked where the end went to and how it got a lot more plot centered with the characters all playing their parts. I was really satisfied with the point they left the story on but I almost think it would have been better to develop this into 2 volumes or even 1 volume per book. (There would have been more room to linger on the characters in Anne's life rather than relegating them to bit parts! Which incidentally isn't wrong just would have been fun...) Really I quite LOVED this book and read the first 35% without meaning too having only intended on getting to the right page to start and ended up just reading and reading, consuming the story!! I laughed and cried with this short little volume and loved every minute of it... I feel like the art is SO GOOD that this is a nifty little volume to buy and keep as a coffee table book that you or even guests can flip through and use as a conversation starter. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Leads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Others ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Development BOTTOM LINE: Perfect for those emotion filled girls in your life! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Romie

    I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables for the first time a few months ago, and I feel utterly in love with it. The art style of this graphic novel is simply gorgeous, I loved every little detail, every choice of colour, it was truly done beautifully! The author respected the soul of the story, of course you can’t put such a book in only a few hundred pages, but the most important moments were there and I’m glad to see that it was still Anna of Green Gables, not someone else’s story or interpretation I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables for the first time a few months ago, and I feel utterly in love with it. The art style of this graphic novel is simply gorgeous, I loved every little detail, every choice of colour, it was truly done beautifully! The author respected the soul of the story, of course you can’t put such a book in only a few hundred pages, but the most important moments were there and I’m glad to see that it was still Anna of Green Gables, not someone else’s story or interpretation. It’d make me so happy if all the other books were made into graphic novels, especially because this art style suits the story so well! 4.5 Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oziel Bispo

    Ela é toda atrapalhada , só se mete em apuros , mas tem um coração de ouro e o melhor aprende com cada erro e cresce maravilhosamente tanto moral como físicamente e encanta a todos principalmente seus pais adotivos. Que livro maravilhoso. ...Agora entendo porque Anne é tão querida. ...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I'm not familiar with the classic story but I watched a booktuber talk passionately about this graphic novel and decided to give it a go. I'm very glad that I did. The illustrations are superb and full of vibrant colour giving it a nostalgic and fairytale-esque feel. I loved the story of the very spirited Anne (with an E) who had so much love to give and enthusiasm for everything in life. She was such a lively and imaginative character who possessed a very kind heart. A lovely and tender read abo I'm not familiar with the classic story but I watched a booktuber talk passionately about this graphic novel and decided to give it a go. I'm very glad that I did. The illustrations are superb and full of vibrant colour giving it a nostalgic and fairytale-esque feel. I loved the story of the very spirited Anne (with an E) who had so much love to give and enthusiasm for everything in life. She was such a lively and imaginative character who possessed a very kind heart. A lovely and tender read about family, friendships and the importance of being true to oneself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dana Cristiana

    This book is amazing! Now I understand what all the fuss is about. I kept hearing about "Anne of Green Gables" and that it is an amazing classic book, but because I was in a reading slump, I wasn't that interested. Until I saw this graphic novel on NetGalley..and because I discovered recently that if I start reading graphic novels or short stories, the reading slump is going far away from me. So this is how I started reading "Anne of Green Gables", the graphic novel. At the beginning of the story This book is amazing! Now I understand what all the fuss is about. I kept hearing about "Anne of Green Gables" and that it is an amazing classic book, but because I was in a reading slump, I wasn't that interested. Until I saw this graphic novel on NetGalley..and because I discovered recently that if I start reading graphic novels or short stories, the reading slump is going far away from me. So this is how I started reading "Anne of Green Gables", the graphic novel. At the beginning of the story we meet Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, an old couple of sister and brother. They were living in Avonlea, in a place caled "Green Gables". They also had an old lady neighbor called Rachel Lynde who was spying on them every time. One day, Matthew went to bring an orphan boy home, because they needed help. But instead, a ginger-haired girl with freckles and green eyes awaited him. He had no choice but taking her instead. All the way home she kept talking about this and that, and Matthew listened to her. The first reaction Marilla had was to be dissapointed that a girl came an not a boy as they planed. She decided to keep her that night but to bring her back the next day. But when she saw how special and different the girl was, she choose to keep her. A lot of things are happening. Anne is making a best friend, she makes a lot of mistakes (but learns from them), she saves a life and she is very strong. When I finished the last line of the book I smiled. Although it was a short 230 pages story, I only think that it was a beautiful journey. Now I really want to read the classic version of this book, because I really loved Anne. I found some things about her that I resonate with. And it was a line that made me understand why we usually name objects or plants: Marilla: "Where's the sense in naming a gerandium?" Anne: "Well, you wouldn't want to be called 'woman' all the time, would you?" I mean, seriously! The girl is amazing! Plus, I kept hearing about the line "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!" Now I understand: Anne said that. I am so in love with this book right now and I keep thinking about it. It will be stuck in my mind for a very long time and I really missed this kind of bondage. That's why I'm going to buy the classic "a.s.a.p.". Full 5 stars! I truly recommend this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    I remember reading Anne of Green Gables as a child and also watching her on the good old VHS player. I always thought that she was pretty annoying to be honest - but her childish mannerisms eventually grew into ambition and drive. The art in this graphic was stunning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    &#x1f98a; Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    I've never read "Anne of Green Gables" as a book, but I really liked the story and the drawings of this Graphic Novel and I can definitely recommend it. It's really beautiful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aya Hamza

    Expected publication: October 24th 2017 I haven't read this classic before, and I am not familiar with the story at all! But I really enjoyed it. I read it in one sitting, and it truly warmed my heart. And it made me interested in reading the original classic. The illustrations are incredible, and the dialogue is really good. It made Anne come to life! Anne is such an interesting and high-spirited character. As I said, I haven't read the original classic, so I don't know if the graphic novel missed Expected publication: October 24th 2017 I haven't read this classic before, and I am not familiar with the story at all! But I really enjoyed it. I read it in one sitting, and it truly warmed my heart. And it made me interested in reading the original classic. The illustrations are incredible, and the dialogue is really good. It made Anne come to life! Anne is such an interesting and high-spirited character. As I said, I haven't read the original classic, so I don't know if the graphic novel missed some important parts of it or not, but to me, this didn't feel rushed. I received an ARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kiera

    I was really excited when I found this graphic novel. Anne of Green Gables is such an important story to me and it is the first book I remember reading. (My mom reading it to me) Anne is such a vibrant character and she will forever hold a place in my heart. Last summer we went to Prince Edward Island, where the book takes place and saw the musical; which was fonominal. And it brought so much light to the story. I liked this graphic novel, it was a good way to enjoy the story. But, I thought the I was really excited when I found this graphic novel. Anne of Green Gables is such an important story to me and it is the first book I remember reading. (My mom reading it to me) Anne is such a vibrant character and she will forever hold a place in my heart. Last summer we went to Prince Edward Island, where the book takes place and saw the musical; which was fonominal. And it brought so much light to the story. I liked this graphic novel, it was a good way to enjoy the story. But, I thought the illistrations were okay. There was something about Anne's nose that was strange. So I am only rating this 4 stars. Overall I would definitely read this graphic novel again. It was something that I had a lot of fun with, and it is another way to enjoy the story that has been loved by many.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    It was a foregone conclusion that I would be requesting a book calling itself Anne of Green Gables. I have loved Anne since I was twelve, and I still reread at least this first book, if not the whole series, just about annually, when I need comfort books. So - well, obviously if I see a graphic novel based on AoGG I have no choice -- but I do have trepidation. Actually, I had to work a bit to be able to read this, since I couldn't see half the pages of the file I received. I had to download it se It was a foregone conclusion that I would be requesting a book calling itself Anne of Green Gables. I have loved Anne since I was twelve, and I still reread at least this first book, if not the whole series, just about annually, when I need comfort books. So - well, obviously if I see a graphic novel based on AoGG I have no choice -- but I do have trepidation. Actually, I had to work a bit to be able to read this, since I couldn't see half the pages of the file I received. I had to download it several times, contact Netgalley customer service (and wasn't that a treat), and finally download a whole new program to read it with. I almost gave up bothering several times, because - really, was it going to be worth all the effort? First impression: I'm incredibly disturbed that L.M. Montgomery's name does not appear on the cover of this graphic novel. I don't know if some designer wanted to keep the front cover "clean", or ... no, I can't make up any more spurious reasons. But Lucy Maud Montgomery - you know, the woman who wrote the book this graphic novel is based on? - is nowhere. Wait - there's a dedication. That's nice. But I don't care how long a book has been in the public domain, I don't care whether it's legally required or not - if you're using another author's work her name belongs on the cover. At this point in time, of course, AoGG is in the public domain – but a labor of love, which this very much seems to be, ought to also show the utmost respect for the author. I find this especially surprising since the text of the graphic novel is very faithful the book, often using original wording. (I've read it enough that I can very easily tell.) That's a definite plus, and very much a reason for as high a rating as I'm giving it. Second impression: and I don't like saying this about the work of a young artist, but - my God, some of the artwork is ugly. I should probably say simply that it's not to my taste, shouldn't I ... anyway. Initially trying to read the book, I found half of the pages to be blank (apparently my slightly ancient laptop's fault, according to the enchanting "Netgalley concierge" I dealt with). And the artwork I could see was one reason I very nearly didn't bother with all the calisthenics I had to go through to read the whole thing. Second impression of the second impression: it's by no means all ugly. There are some lovely touches; while the coloring is acidic and unsubtle and not very pleasant, the settings are beautifully rendered; figures are expressive and graceful. Anne's maturation is prettily handled. In the end, really, the main thing that creates an impression of ugliness about the art (besides some of the color choices) is the rendering of characters' noses. I mean - I get it. Noses are hard, second only to hands (which the artist does rather well). But this - between the shapes used and the choice to frequently make noses a different shade from the rest of the face - no. Maybe this is why the following exchange does not appear: "And oh Marilla, Jane Andrews told me that Minnie MacPherson told her that she heard Prissy Andrews tell Sara Gillis that I had a very pretty nose. Marilla, that is the first compliment I have ever had in my life and you can't imagine what a strange feeling it gave me. Marilla, have I really a pretty nose? I know you'll tell me the truth." "Your nose is well enough," said Marilla shortly. Secretly she thought Anne's nose was a remarkably pretty one; but she had no intention of telling her so. That makes the artwork all the more sad to me. My other complaint about the artwork is ... and I mean this as a serious question, not sarcasm ... did Brenna Thummler ever read the book? And regardless of whether she did, did no one who knew the book ever review her pages before it was too late? Because while I was pleased with how well the book was boiled down to fit into a 232-page graphic novel and still stay faithful (if nearly uncredited), the depictions bothered me rather often. Matthew sitting around in his stocking feet? Anne barefoot all over the place, and coming down in the morning stretching and yawning? Mrs. Lynde reacting to seeing Matthew heading off at the beginning with a "huh"? No. It's along the same lines as Peter Jackson's decision to insert fart jokes throughout his Lord of the Rings movies - I'm pretty sure the person who created the original work would be horrified. I also questioned why Diana was shown as considerably taller than Anne, when the latter is described as being tall several times throughout the book, while Diana's height is never remarked on as far as I can remember. But the thing that made me ... well, I'll be honest, it made me very slightly angry (because if you're going to take someone's work you ought to at least pretend to pay attention) was this: And this: "And isn't pink the most bewitching colour in the world? I love it, but I can't wear it. Red-headed people can't wear pink, not even in imagination." Well, they can in graphic novels, I guess. The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maye

    Reading this graphic novel gave me so much nostalgia. I remember waiting for the morning news program to end so I can finally watch anime and cartoons before I play outside. One of the cartoons that I was regularly anticipating is Anne of Green Gables. Oohh, I love her. I remember having such wild imaginations like her and being involve in some kind of trouble every second of the day. Having said that, I confess that I sadly haven't read Anne of Green Gables because I'm not really into classics. Reading this graphic novel gave me so much nostalgia. I remember waiting for the morning news program to end so I can finally watch anime and cartoons before I play outside. One of the cartoons that I was regularly anticipating is Anne of Green Gables. Oohh, I love her. I remember having such wild imaginations like her and being involve in some kind of trouble every second of the day. Having said that, I confess that I sadly haven't read Anne of Green Gables because I'm not really into classics. So when an opportunity appeared to read Anne of Green Gables as a graphic novel, I immediately took it and devoured this book in less than an hour! I'm so inlove with the art style. It's very beautiful and atmospheric and it definitely succeeded in transporting me into the Green Gables. A graphic novel of a wonderful classic such as Anne of Green Gables is definitely a great idea to get people to read classics. Definitely enjoyed reading this! ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    That was absolutely amazing! 💞 I read it in one go and I didn't want it to end. The illustrations were so soft and beautiful with a gorgeous colour palette. If you like Anne, then definitely read the graphic novel as well because it's stunning! Krisi

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert (siblings) of Green Gables, set out to adopt a boy to help them maintain their farm, as well as assist in other strenuous chores. However, when they discovered the orphanage made a mistake and sent them a scrawny redheaded girl with freckles instead of a strong and able boy, they were disappointed to say the least. But little Anne Shirley quickly wriggled her way into the hearts of the Cuthbert siblings within the little time they had before they could even correct th Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert (siblings) of Green Gables, set out to adopt a boy to help them maintain their farm, as well as assist in other strenuous chores. However, when they discovered the orphanage made a mistake and sent them a scrawny redheaded girl with freckles instead of a strong and able boy, they were disappointed to say the least. But little Anne Shirley quickly wriggled her way into the hearts of the Cuthbert siblings within the little time they had before they could even correct the mishap. "She's bewitched you! What good could she do us?" "Well, now... We could do some good for her." Anne (emphasis on the "e") Shirley transforms Avonlea and the people she meets with her vibrant personality, an imagination that knows no bounds, hot temper, golden heart and even her frequent habit of accidentally getting into trouble. She wins the hearts of Diana (her bosom friend), Gilbert (whom she swears she dislikes), Mrs. Lynde (their judgmental neighbor), and everyone else she encounters. We get to watch Anne grow from being a peculiar 11 year old orphan to an accomplished young woman loved by all. Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel is a retelling of the classic coming of age story about an orphan girl who's imagination and love for life will inspire you. She sends a great message by not only showing that being different can be a wonderful thing, but also to learn from your mistakes and to see the beauty in everything life has to give you. I'll admit, I've never read the original story, but when I saw this book on Netgalley I decided I had to give it a read. Brenna Thummler's art work grabbed my attention immediately; her illustrations are indeed whimsical and I felt they fit this story perfectly. However, Mariah Marsden's rendition of this classic story has convinced me to purchase the original and dive deeper into the tale of Anne Shirley and her life changing misadventures. This graphic novel is great for fans of Anne of Green Gables, but also perfect for people like me who have never read the original story but want to see what its about. I would especially recommend this retelling to children and teens who may want to explore classic literature. Mariah Marsden's writing is easy to follow and understand but will also keep the reader interested, and Brenna Thurmmler's fanciful art is a bonus. Despite how quickly I read through this and how short this novel is, I'm sure this story will stay with me. **** I received an eBook copy of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ****

  25. 4 out of 5

    juliana

    E-book received from NetGalley After a bit of thinking I chose to lower my rating to 3 stars. First, I have to tell you one thing: I loved the Netflix tv series "Anne with an e" and I am not the biggest fan of the books. Although I read "Anne of Green Gables" years ago this story never left my mind. When I was a kid I didn't entirely understand Anne's behavior - she is so energetic, full of emotions and so sensitive (unlike myself) that she begun to annoy me. Years later, now when I am an old lady E-book received from NetGalley After a bit of thinking I chose to lower my rating to 3 stars. First, I have to tell you one thing: I loved the Netflix tv series "Anne with an e" and I am not the biggest fan of the books. Although I read "Anne of Green Gables" years ago this story never left my mind. When I was a kid I didn't entirely understand Anne's behavior - she is so energetic, full of emotions and so sensitive (unlike myself) that she begun to annoy me. Years later, now when I am an old lady reflecting on my younger years (24 is old, thankyouverymuch) I've started to appreciate her way of seeing things and living life - she is not afraid to express her feelings and she lives her life to the fullest. I love that about her. This comic book showed us the Anne we all love and cherish: full of life and emotions (sometimes extremely exaggerated). The first half is very similar to the netflix tv series - authors chose the same scenes and similar dialogues, even the characters looked very similar to the actors! The second half presented Anne in univeristy. I must admit, at first the plot seemed detailed and rather slow but then the pacing changed extremely. It covered several years of Anne's life and felt very rushed. The scenes were chopped, we didn't spend enough time on particular events and then we had to move to diffrent story line. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the second part as much as I enjoyed the first. What is more, this comic book ends unexepectedly, it seems as if the story hasn't ended and that we can expect a second instalment but I don't think that is the case. I wanted to see some closure but it ends were nothing really is resolved. I loved the art style, I know that it is not everyone's favorite but I think it suits the story, it is a bit quirky and very colorful. In my opinion it's just simply beautiful. I really wished I had a fisical copy... :( ------------------ IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! Full review to come

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by the publisher Since Anne's fan base is largely older, I was a bit surprised to see this book! However, given the fact that there is a new Netflix series, there may be some interest among a new generation of readers, and this would be a good way to lure them in. I was impressed at how true to the book the graphic novelis-- I didn't check the text against the 1908 novel, because I've given all of my books away. The scenes are as I remember, and the language very similar. Given the Copy provided by the publisher Since Anne's fan base is largely older, I was a bit surprised to see this book! However, given the fact that there is a new Netflix series, there may be some interest among a new generation of readers, and this would be a good way to lure them in. I was impressed at how true to the book the graphic novelis-- I didn't check the text against the 1908 novel, because I've given all of my books away. The scenes are as I remember, and the language very similar. Given the nature of a graphic novel, scenes are truncated, and smaller events are left out. Sometimes, it's a bit hard to follow what is going on (we don't get the full background of her relationship with Josie Pye, for example), but the overview is a good one, and provides a substantial overview of Anne's character. The illustrations were clearly well researched, and the places in particular shine. The characters possess the traits given to them in the book, and the period details ring true. The colors are somewhat pastel, and the use of light and dark often signifies mood. My only objection is Anne's nose! While all of the noses seem to be pinker at the end, Anne's is much redder and turned up, so it looks like her nose was pasted onto her face as an afterthought. Don't think that middle grade readers will care about this, but I am very distracted by the noses on drawings of people! All in all, this is an excellent adaptation of a beloved novel that many libraries will want to add to their collection and use to entice a new generation a kindred spirits to read Montgomery's work. Personally, I'm just done with Anne. She was my very favorite when I was a teen, but I have recently developed a feeling of wanting to slap her for her histrionics that makes the books impossible to enjoy upon rereading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I was skeptical. I was skeptical about how they would adapt my most favorite book of all time into a graphic novel. I don’t enjoy reading abridged classics and I was worried that Anne’s charm would be lost in translation. I loved this! I knew what was going to happen, of course, but it was enjoyable to see Anne the way the artist imagined her. The only problem I had with the art was that I thought Anne’s eyes were a little creepy, but I think that’s just how some graphic novel Ok, I’ll admit it. I was skeptical. I was skeptical about how they would adapt my most favorite book of all time into a graphic novel. I don’t enjoy reading abridged classics and I was worried that Anne’s charm would be lost in translation. I loved this! I knew what was going to happen, of course, but it was enjoyable to see Anne the way the artist imagined her. The only problem I had with the art was that I thought Anne’s eyes were a little creepy, but I think that’s just how some graphic novels are. The story was there. The feels were there. The charm and wit of Anne was there. Gilbert WAS THERE. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE GILBERT???? I really liked the backgrounds of the graphic novel, especially the White Way of Delight. I hope they’re planning to make other graphic novels of the Anne books because I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    A stunning array of beautiful images tell this shortened classic story. Nothing is left out though as we route for orphan Anne as she is mistakingly placed as a farm hand. Her spirit comes through well in the art and the tale remains as touching as always. A joy to read. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley in providing me with a copy of this in return for a honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurence R.

    I’m seriously embarassed that this is the first time I hear about this book. I NEED IT NOW! Update: I am actually a little bit disappointed by this book. While I loved the illustration, I feel like the story and the writing were cut way too drastically, which made me feel like I was reading a book that is only SIMILAR to Anne of Green Gables, instead of another version of it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nadira

    “Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” #NadirasPointOfReview: Anne of Green Gables - A Graphic Novel – original by L.M. Montgomery. #Synopsis: When brother-sister duo Matthew and Marilla decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley is a chatty and spirited girl who takes Green Gables by storm. Anne turns each everyday moment int “Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” #NadirasPointOfReview: Anne of Green Gables - A Graphic Novel – original by L.M. Montgomery. #Synopsis: When brother-sister duo Matthew and Marilla decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley is a chatty and spirited girl who takes Green Gables by storm. Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary and makes everyone fall in love with her. Including me. Can you believe a graphic novel made me cry and be tearful!! I have never read this classic before but saw everyone bewitched by this classic children’s tale. I now understand why this classic is so beloved among readers! The graphic novel was stunning from the very cover and 1st page! The glorious Green Gables totally came to life and the story is so emotional – the expressions and illustrations so apt. I really loved how chatty, optimistic and imaginative Anne with an e was and how her sponsors fall in love with her. So so touching! Perfect book to pick up for classic-haters. Totally enjoyable! 5-stars! Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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