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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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This graphic novel really does justice to the original book! This is one of my favorite books and I love the movie! Anyone who is a fan of this book will love this graphic novel. I have went a little overboard on the pictures I added so bear with me 😊

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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. .
David Schaafsma
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first graphic adaptation of this American classic that I taught several times a day every semester I taught high school, also showing the Gregory Peck film version, which if you haven't ever seen, is a must. Fordham, a Brit, who also illustrated an adaptation of Philip Pullman's Golden Compass, is faithful to the story, and says so in his afterword. This is not a creative interpretation of/reflection on To Kill, but as in the first Harry Potter film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcere ...more
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 (TuckerTheReader)
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!
J & J
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing quite like the full version novel but this was well done in graphic form.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jem looked like Jem, Scout looked like Scout, but Atticus didn't look like Gregory Peck. Still very well done.
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
If you are a fan of both graphic novels AND To Kill a Mockingbird, pick this up.

This is a gorgeous graphic novel first and foremost. Fordham’s artwork is well done, very effective and quite faithful to the book. There are plenty of direct quotes from the book and in places that he has edited or adapted, the panels move the story along quite well. I am a big fan of TKaM and I was a little leery of reading a graphic novel version of it but when it come in from the library I was blown away by how b
Rod Brown
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drawing upon some of richest source material in American literature, Fred Fordham delivers a reverential adaptation. While the art can be a bit stiff and conservative, the story remains as powerful as ever in this new form. I gulped it down in one sitting.
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
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 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!
Jill Adams
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I struggled at first, but my appreciation for the format grew as I read.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a big fan of graphic novel adaptations but Fred Fordham’s stunning version of To Kill a Mockingbird brought that novel to life in such a powerful way, I’m going to recommend it to teachers and librarians as perhaps the best way to get kids to experience this classic story. Certainly made me see it in a new light and I’ve written two books about it. Highly recommended.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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.
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,
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.
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
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.
Merril Anil
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
Yeah !! Go ahead and scream and mock as much as you want but the fact is that i had never read this classic before and when on a recent trip to a bookstore i laid my eyes on this graphic novel, there was no stopping me. I mean having had the option of going through the classic in the traditional ant-print, voluminous book or a book with lots and lots of picture, i went with the only option, any like-minded individual would take. Go for the book with pictures. So pretttttttty !! So yes that is ho ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A faithful adaptation, for better or worse.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape and racist violence.)

My feelings on this are conflicted and messy:

- How do you judge an adaptation of an existing work: on its own merits, or in its faithfulness to the source material? On the latter point, Fred Fordham's adaptation is a definite success. His graphic novel adaptation is loyal to both the plot and tone of Harper Lee's classic, and even plays
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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adapting a novel as universally beloved as Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD into a graphic novel is fraught with peril. For many students, Lee's compassionate and humorous coming-of-age tale is their first exposure to grappling with issues of racial inequality, gender roles and compassion for those different in color, class and beliefs. Nevertheless, Fred Fordham (who illustrated Philip Pullman's "The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship") has done a magni ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I know what happens in To Kill A Mockingbird inside and out, yet it's a testament to Fred Fordham's illustrations and skillful adaptation that I'm sitting here upset again like it's the first time I've read that story. Truly a beautiful adaptation of one of my favorite pieces of American lit. Even if you aren't one for comics or you feel like there isn't something new to be made after the classic film, do yourself a favor and read this graphic novel. Some of the best character moments are in it ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel has always been special to me, so I wasn't certain how I would take to this version. I LOVED it!!!

The illustrations are top notch, the writing is great and the storyline flows well. There were even things I found out for the first time.

It was a great experience and puts this book on my keeper shelf. I found myself wanting more stars to award,
Chantelle 🌻 Devlin
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was soo good!! I could not put this book down! The graphics were so amazing. This book made me feel angry and sad and happy. Such a beautiful and sad story. I loved it so much!! I highly recommend it!
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