THE GIVER, THE GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER, by Lois Lowry, Adapted and Illustrated by P.Craig Russell, HMHTeen


Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P.Craig Russell’s beautifully haunting illustrations.

approx. 185 pages

Out February 5, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve read the novel by Lois Lowry and there was a movie recently based on her book. Now, it’s out again but in a graphic novel format.

The story is remarkable. And I can understand why a graphic novel was done up. I just wish that my copy had colour. My copy is full of wonderfully drawn graphics but they are in black and white.  Something is lost in this book without the application of colour, and I understand that I have a proof copy so why would ink be wasted on an ARC? It just didn’t give me the full effect to convince me to give it a great rating.  After all, what is a graphic novel without fully illustrated and inked graphics?  I’m just saying…

Setting that peeve aside, I will always love Lowry’s work, she is a mastermind fantasy writer and imaginative story teller.  I love her work and her writing style.

The illustrations void of colour are still impressive. Well-sketched and dramatic in their presentation, they vividly tell the story Lowry is known for.  Laid out to take the reader on a spectacular journey, this book would be great for a reader who struggles with the written word by having the illustrations to help their understanding of what is unfolding in front of them. The illustrations compliment the story and vice versa. I didn’t really like the way the book ended. It felt like there should have been just one more page…

Overall, I can see this becoming yet another collectors graphic novel. I will visit my local library later to see if I can get a copy of the completely inked graphic novel to see what the finish product eventually looks like.

At the back there is a Q & A section that you’ll find interesting to read.

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