Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
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My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
This graphic novel successfully retells a classic fairy tale story like I’ve never read before. The story takes place in New York in the year 1928, during the pre-Depression era where the glitz and glam of show business is apparent and booming. It is your typical Snow White story where an evil stepmother enters a young girl’s—little Snow White’s—life and makes it no more or less miserable. Except Matt Phelan has added his own twist and character to the classic Snow White that comes to life within the pages. This made my reading experience—although short—a rather enjoyable one.
Although the copy that I own is an ARC, there is no denying that the artwork was still very beautiful in its entirety. And to think it isn’t even finalized just yet! Matt Phelan’s outstanding art captured the genuine hustle and bustle of the roaring 20s and made me feel as though I was living inside the pages myself. I loved the way Matt Phelan was able to incorporate a classic fairy tale story into an era that gave it the feel of a classic film noir giving the story of Snow White a whole new different feeling and meaning. I do think, however, that if you aren’t entirely familiar with the original Snow White story, that you may get a little lost as it is a graphic novel retelling which means it had very little room for narration. Nonetheless, I thought that the story and artwork themselves flowed very smoothly together, making it easy for the eyes to follow.
Despite this retelling of Snow White taking place in a different era than the original, it still very much captures the important parts of the original story: the evil stepmother, the company and help of seven little men, a forgiving huntsman, but instead of an enchanted mirror, it is a ticker tape that sends the evil stepmother messages to kill beautiful Snow White. And of course, the same old infamous cursed apple. Whether or not the outcome of Snow White’s sleep-like death is the same in this outstanding retelling is for you to find out for yourself.
*Thank you to Stephanie from Candlewick Press for sending an ARC copy my way in exchange for an honest review!*