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The Little Prince
ISBN: 9780547338026
Author: Sfar, Joann/ Ardizzone, Sarah (TRN)/ Findakly, Bri
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: October 2010
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: A graphic adaptation of the beloved classic reflects literary sensitivity to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's original story and features artwork by the Eisner Award-winning author of Little Vampire Does Kung Fu.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Target Age Group: Age 9-11
Target Grade: Grade 4-6
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 7.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148862
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q06967
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 4.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Purists will have trouble with Sfar's messing with a classic, but he does a credible job making the story accessible to a new audience. Sfar's prince is true to the spirit of the original, and much of the wisdom and charm of the novella is recreated in this graphic novel. The illustrations retain the feel of Antoine de Saint-Exupiry's sketches while giving them new dimension. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 October #1)

Celebrated French cartoonist Sfar turns in a wonderful and lovely comics adaptation of Saint-Exupéry's timeless classic. The Little Prince is such a beloved staple of children's literature that an adaptation might seem inadvisable; indeed, part of the original book's lasting charm is the inclusion of Saint-Exupéry's own naïve but unforgettable illustrations. But Sfar has wisely incorporated Saint-Exupéry's role as an illustrator by foregrounding the book's presentation as a first-person narrative. Sfar depicts a very authentic-looking, middle-aged Saint-Exupéry--briefly chided in the book's text for smoking "in a book for young people"--as the book's protagonist, the title character's interlocutor, and the person drawing the elephant-inside-the-boa-constrictor in his notepad. The graphic novel's text conveys the wisdom of the original book, in which a childlike perspective illuminates the absurdity of adult living while attaining its own hard-won maturity. Sfar's loose but masterful art supplements the book's themes with a supple visual style that appears accessibly artless on its surface, but occasionally blossoms into symbolism and abstraction. The book abounds with individual panels that are profound in their meaning and striking in their simplicity. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 November)

Gr 5 Up—This timeless story of a man who meets a mysterious boy in the middle of the desert is one that has been enjoyed by readers of all ages for more than 65 years. The man is young at heart, strongly influenced by the memories of his own childhood. He loves to draw although he isn't very good at it, and his art helps him form an emotional bond with the boy. The child appears to be young but has a very old soul. He loves to talk, think, and ask questions. He also has the strength to face a sacrifice that the man cannot. The original story was illustrated by Saint-Exupéry, which makes this modern transition into graphic-novel form especially seamless. Sfar is very respectful of the original writing and illustrations, but his simple yet nuanced artwork brings another layer of depth to the story, his use of shadows and close-ups reinforcing the mood of this piece. His adaptation is as classic as the original, and it will bring this quiet yet thought-provoking story to a new generation of readers. The format will be especially attractive to teens who might have missed this story when they were children, and to adults who are interested in revisiting their own childhood memories. Also available in French (ISBN 978-0-547-44330-0; $22.).—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

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