Eric Shanower has refined Baum's novel down for a graphic novel format but retained the tone and quirkiness of the original text. The text is strong and requires the reader to pay attention to more than the pictures on the page but this graphic novel's real strength is the art. Skottie Young has drawn Oz and it's inhabitants as whimsical, odd, beautiful and menacing. The illustrations are inked in clear lines and vibrant colors that encourage the eye to study each cell closely. The quality of both art and text is consistent from start to finish.
I could wax poetic and gush enthusiastically on this graphic novel but the bottom line is that this novel-to-graphic-novel adaptation is the quality to which all such adaptations should aspire.
Book Source: Local Library
Recommended Ages: All ages.
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