Graphic Novel Review: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel 
by Mariah Marsden (Illustrations)Brenna Thummler (Illustrations)Kendra Phipps (Editor)Erika Kuster (Editor)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


This graphic novel adaptation is really too short to give a full picture of Anne’s story, but I loved the artwork and the beautiful colors of the book. I think that it’s the perfect way to revisit the story if you’ve already read the original book, but I definitely would NOT recommend it to those who are unfamiliar with Anne. There’s too much of the plot left out or implied, although it’s easily understood if you already know the background of the story.

The illustrations are whimsical and colorful, and the pacing of the panels gives a satisfying dreamy feeling to the book. There is a lot of focus on the countryside and the beauties of Avonlea, the trees and lakes and flowers, and then we see Anne’s reaction of wonder and delight to the loveliness of nature.
Several times I was not exactly impressed with the writing. It’s almost like it was trying too hard to have an “old-timey” style, but not doing it very well. For instance, the narrator wrote about Anne being in the “deeps of despair,” instead of the “depths,” and it just sounded weird. Is “deeps” even a real word? Isn’t the plural of “deep” supposed to be “depths”? There were a couple of things like that in the writing that got on my nerves.

A lovely way to revisit a favorite classic, but not the best I’ve ever seen. Still enjoyable though.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

2 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Anne of Green Gables

  1. I’ve never heard of a graphic novel adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Even though it might not have been the best, I might see if I can read it just for the fact that I’ve never seen something like it before. Great Review!

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