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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

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A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer prize–winning American classic.

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird."

A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s T
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Harper
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Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is a 2018 Harper publication.

I’m not going to review the plot of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, but will instead offer you a review of the graphic novel version of the beloved classic.

I am new to the graphic novel category and am still getting my sea legs, so to speak, but I have discovered one of the best ways to acclimate myself is by reading familiar stories in the graphic novel format. So far, I am having a blast re-reading a few classics and having that e
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well. . . it's official. I'm in love again.

This time it's a widower, a man in his late 40s. . . father of two. . . an attorney.

His name is Atticus Finch.

He lives in the Deep South, among an appalling racism that is shoulder deep, yet he has taught his children that being a racist is like cheating. . . cheating at being human.

He takes every difficult case, even if the client can't properly pay him, and he raises his kids, rather than pawning them off on female relatives, and he is always there. .
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
To my surprise, I’ve actually rated this higher than Harper Lee’s original; I’d attribute that to the fact that I read the novel in high school and haven’t reread it since then, so I tend to associate it with boring essay assignments and a sense of duty. I’m also surprised by how little I remembered of the plot from the book or the Gregory Peck movie, such that there were a few moments here that actually made me gasp. Fordham’s version is highly faithful, including plenty of direct quotes from t ...more
Tucker (The Library Reader)
I really, really enjoyed this! I loved the original book and it was so so cool to see it as a graphic novel. The drawings are amazing and the color is perfect. The story is just as funny and great as it was originally.
View my review of To Kill A Mockingbird here

Thank you so much Harper Collins for an Advanced Reader's Copy!
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is a perfect complement and homage to the novel, and much closer to the original manuscript than the classic film. It is in no way a replacement, but an adaptation that should make both English teachers and students very happy.

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Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
1. The novel is my favorite book of all time and this graphic novel has become my favorite graphic novel.
2. I loved the pictures.
3. As soon as I started reading, it was like going back to an old friend. Scout made me laugh, Atticus made me want to marry him, my heart soared with the mockingbirds.
4. I read this book in high school and gravitated towards the kindness themes, but I don’t guess I understood the Mockingbird theme. I would say both Boo and Tom are Mockingbirds.
5. I learned a flivver
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
To Kill A Mockingbird should need no introduction.  It is an American classic and arguably the most important work in American literature in the 20th century.

I was thrilled to learn that it was being adapted into a graphic novel, which could make the story more accessible to young readers by combining visual art and language to share this enduring story.

The story of a black man wrongly accused of a crime by a white woman in the Deep South of the 1930's and the neighborhood legend of a man named
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must have for any fans of To Kill A Mockingbird.
The illustrations are gorgeous and the story as compelling as ever and I very much enjoyed reading it!

Thank you to Windmill Books for kindly sending me a copy, I loved it and it’s getting a proud place on my shelf!
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I think it's assumed, rightfully, that this is a review of the graphic novel and not of To Kill a Mockingbird itself. Just wanted to make that clear!

First, the things I loved: the cover art is lovely and symbolic and the book is beautifully bound with thick paper and a spine that bends without cracking. I know other book geeks will appreciate these things! It feels substantial in your hands.

Now, the things I didn't love. First, I didn't love that Ford chose to move around scenes to follow or pr
Kelly Hager
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm just going to discuss the adaptation as a graphic novel, because hopefully by now, you've all read it. (If not, please read it. It's amazing.)

I'm not really a huge fan of graphic novels, although I've tried to be. There are great ones, and there are a bunch that I've loved, but by and large, I prefer books with prose and without pictures. I was also incredibly skeptical about the need to release arguably the greatest American novel as a graphic novel. It doesn't need a gimmick to get people
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very lovely adaptation of Harper Lee's novel. The colors and art are best when it's not dark (i.e. the walk home after the Maycomb pageant as a ham was really murky). There are some sections where certain angles or characters owe a huge debt to the TKAM movie.

What I found missing was all the "local color" that comes through in Scout's internal monologue about Maycomb and all its goings on, good and bad. It gets shoe-horned in rather awkwardly at times when it's not cut entirely (like,
Linda Quinn
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a passable adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Admittedly TKAM is my favorite book of all time so at first I was distracted and dismayed by the graphic novel as so much of Lee's beautiful writing was truncated and changed to fit the format. I thought the part with the trial of Tom Robinson was well done however, and if this is the only way some people will be introduced to this story it has a great value just for that.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
এইটা একটা পিচচি রে নিয়া কাহিনী । বই পড়ি নাই কিনতু চলচচিতর দেখেছিলাম, ভালোই লাগছিলো। পিচচিটার মা থাকে না শুধু বাপ আর বড় ভাই থাকে। ওদের এলাকায় একটা বাড়ি নিয়ে ওদের মধযে অনেক গুজব চালু ছিলো। সবাই ভাবতো ওখানে এমন একজন থাকে যিনি মানুষ খুন করেছিলো। এদিকে আবার পিচচির বাপ যিনি পেশায় একজন উকিল থাকেন তিনি একজন নিগরোর পকষ হয়ে লড়তে গেলে তাঁর সবজাতিরা তাঁর উপর অনেক চটে যায় ...এভাবেই এগুতে থাকে ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was a great adaptation. It's been over 10 years since I've revisited this story, and I did not enjoy it in high school. It's nice to find myself more than enjoying it now.
Mr. Armstrong
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As perfect an adaptation as you could possibly pull off. I loved every page, every image, every choice.
Fred Slusher
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved revisiting these characters and this story. Fred Fordham’s gorgeous and evocative illustrations were a perfect companion to Harper Lee’s words. Wherever she is, I hope she is bearing witness.
Pop Bop
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Laudable Effort

We have the book, in almost every iteration and form you could imagine. We have the movie. The book is routinely honored as America's favorite. The movie is always on top-ten lists and features Gregory Peck in the role he was born to play. Heck, even Elmer Bernstein's score for the movie ranks 17th on the alltime AFI movie score list. So, do we need a graphic novel version?

Well, sure. It's not essential, and this version didn't add anything new to the experience for me, but if i
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
First things first this isn’t a review of the story of To Kill a Mockingbird; you can read that review on my blog. This is a review of it being in the form of a graphic novel. Secondly, I am in awe of the beauty of the novel. Fordham, the adaptor and illustrator, managed to accurately capture the beauty that I and I’m sure many others envisioned when first reading this American Classic. He seems to capture the personalities and development of the children over the years through their appearance. ...more
I was given a copy of this graphic novel by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Today's post is on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as adapted and Illustrated by Fred Fordham. It is 288 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is a picture of Scout from behind looking at her father and Tom Robinson. The intended reader is someone who likes graphic novels, classic novels, and time tested stories. There is very foul language, talk of rape, and violence in this novel.
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I'm probably one of the few Americans not to have had this in school and never really got around to reading it after. So I was intrigued by this idea of a graphic novel: would I understand from this treatment why this is such a classic and why it has moved so many people? And the answer was yes - I was mesmerized from the beginning and due to what has to be a very faithful following of the novel, I could very easily see
Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happy publication day to this gem! For fans of the original Harper Lee classic, this graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham will not disappoint!

This adaptation stays true to Lee’s text, including some of the most often quoted excerpts. My main interest in this pertained to how the artwork would be used to compliment Lee’s original narrative and prose (which Fordham notes he stays quite true too). I found some of the earlier artwork didn’t convey as much depth as the latter part of
Pretty Good

I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this, an adaptation of Harper Lee's classic and my favorite book of all-time, To Kill a Mockingbird.

The first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM), I imagined what these characters would look like and then after I saw the movie, the first time, I visualized how these characters were in the movie, each time I reread the book. The Adapter, Fred Fordham, had a lot to live up to.

It's tough to honor not only the integrity of the story, but the movie (a
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I made it through grade school, undergrad, and graduate school without reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. . .but I did! I'm pretty sure it was assigned once as summer reading in eighth or ninth grade, but I'm also pretty sure I pretended to read it. I wasn't as into reading then as I am now. When the opportunity presented itself to review the graphic novel adaptation, by Fred Fordham, I jumped at the chance.

This is one of those classic books that I feel out of the loop
Emilia P
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Was a bit skeptical as to the need for a graphic novel of a fairly brief, and profoundly classic, work of American Fiction. But I was pleasantly surprised, and surprised by how seriously and studiously this adhered to the plot and text of the original without a lot of flourish or overemphasis, visual or otherwise. It's been a while since I've read the OG, and this made me say, hmmm maybe too long. But seriously, what a heavy and heartfelt, careful and critical social challenge Harper Lee poses h ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous. TKAM is one of my top five favorite books of all time and this graphic novel brings it to life in a way that only Gregory Peck has before. English teachers, you must have a copy of this on hand. What a brilliant tool for children with comprehension issues or English as a second language. The artwork is glorious, the story is complete but with the physical descriptions removed (obviously), and the characters are perfectly rendered in a way that really aids understanding. I wa ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I, love love loved this book, and it's re-telling of a cornerstone classic. I wasn't much of a fan of the original. I think with books published in the 50s-60s there's something in the descriptive text, and the terse narrative that turns my attention down.
This book provides a modern take on the story. I felt it had all the elements of the original. If you haven't read the original, then you won't miss out by going for this graphic novelisation instead. If anything, I think the graphic novel can
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is an American classic which has won numerous awards, and was most recently voted #1 in the PBS "Great American Read". Some believe Atticus Finch, the Southern lawyer profiled by his daughter Scout, to be the inspiration for many whites' embracing of the civil rights movement.
This graphic novel faithfully follows the book, including language which some deem offensive but which the adapter notes is necessary to depict the time.
My only reservation--the same I'd have of any
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a fabulous and compelling retelling of Harper Lee’s classic novel. I think it would be a great companion or alternative for readers who need the help of images to make inferences. There were times the art was impressively powerful- like when Tom Robinson stands up in court to reveal his crippled hand, or when Atticus reveals the devastating news about Tom’s fate to his wife. And there were subtle moments too, like when the light coming through the shadows would make patterns on faces and ...more
There's not much you can say about this classic that's not been said before.
This new graphic novel adaption obviously condenses the plot, but still manages to stay true to Lee's message of truth, fairness and acceptance.
Visually there are a few outstanding moments but overall nothing that either blows you away, or would convince you to pick this version up over the original. Admittedly, Lee's evocative language is a hard act for Fordham to follow, but a broader pallatte and greater detail to lan
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