Tuesday, January 18, 2022

To Kill A Mockingbird Graphic Novel by Harper Lee, adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham


A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved American classic, voted the #1 Great American Read 2018. '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 To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement. Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham. Enduring in vision, Harper Lee's timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humour, unwavering honesty and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favourite reads. When I saw this Graphic Novel I knew I wanted to add it to my collection immediately. This is a big book, heavy but absolutely stunning. The illustrations really bring the story to life. Fred Fordham has done an amazing job, and I loved looking through it. It’s been a while since I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird, and reading through this Graphic Novel brought it all back to me. 

I love Atticus Finch, I love how he believes in people, he doesn’t judge people by how they look, their race, how much money they have. He just takes them for who they are. Jem and Scout are great characters, they are totally innocent, and I love how Scout is just so young but knows so much more than you’d think. I think the ending just shows how innocent she really is, when she takes Boo’s hand and takes him outside, she just see’s a friend.

The injustice, racism, hatred, and violence in the story is so huge, and so real. I can’t imagine living in the times of segregation etc, but there is still so much of this stuff going on in the world today. It’s not right.

If you haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird by now (and you should have), why not try the graphic novel, it’s brilliant, and one I’m definitely keeping hold of and passing along to my daughter. 

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