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I am a public school teacher. My colleges and I spent a large portion of our finite budget to purchase a class set of these books. We were very excited to do a book study with our students. The very first day we opened the books there were pages falling out. The binding on the books is terrible and does not hold them together. After a week there wasn't a single book that was intact. We contacted the publishing company and they told us to use rubber cement to glue them together. They did not offer to refund our money or to send us new books.
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2013
The retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Michael Burgan, which attempts to create an accurate and compelling version of the novel, merely recalls the vaguest of plot points and relies upon blandly illustrated cartoons, and fails to demonstrate any deeper knowledge of the novel. Frankenstein, which is a powerful and incredibly well-crafted novel, loses much of its symbolism and deeper meanings, making the graphic novel an ultimately useless tool in understanding the meanings behind Shelley's novel. The illustrations in the graphic novel initially seem to evoke emotion in the reader however with the passing of time the illustrations no longer have that effect. The color scheme of the pictures are all of a repetitive unimaginative palette. The illustrations also fail to reflect the time period of Shelley's Frankenstein. The clothing seem to reflect 20th century style instead of the 19th century setting the novel is supposed to be placed. The graphics are dark, yet not creepy enough to illustrate the story of Frankenstein. The text used in the novel is just as bland as the illustrations. It is extremely basic, telling just the skeleton plot summary without including any depth or emotion. The rich figurative language of Shelley is lost in this uninspired graphic novel. Far too many important details are left unmentioned, leaving us with an unsatisfactory, flavorless impression when reaching the end. Both the illustrations and text are fairly dull, and the powerful potential Shelley's story holds fails to follow through. The type of audience this novel would be suitable for would be young middle school students as opposed to more advanced readers of literature. Students new to the English language who wish to have a taste of classic literature may also find this novel helpful. The basicness of Burgan's novel can work as a helpful introduction to the story before going in depth with Shelley's novel. Also, as people frequently have a skewed understanding of the story of Frankenstein, a simple graphic novel such as this can help inform people of the basic plot points of the true story.
As public school teachers, we spent a large portion of our yearly budget on several of these books for our students. Within a week ALL of the books were ruined. They are very cheaply made and the pages fall out very easily. I would NOT recommend buying this product, especially if you want to use it in your classroom.
My grandchildren and I have been reading this series of graphic novels as a quick and easy literary taster. They can then read the originals, if sufficiently interested. If not, they've all been injected with some culture. The appendices are also educational, helping to broaden their thoughts into criticism, in the neutral sense of the word.