To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

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...

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Title:To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel
Author:Fred Fordham
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Edition Language:English

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel Reviews

  • Linda

    Jem looked like Jem, Scout looked like Scout, but Atticus didn't look like Gregory Peck. Still very well done.

  • Julie

    To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is a 2018 Harper publication.

    I’m not going to review the plot of

    , 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

    To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel is a 2018 Harper publication.

    I’m not going to review the plot of

    , 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 experience enhanced by graphic art or drawings, depicting the scenes in the book.

    One of my initial concerns was for the respect of the material, especially when we are talking about one of the most cherished books ever written. I was equal parts skeptical and excited. I initially thought it was a cool idea, but, I worried that it might somehow reduce the impact of the story.

    However, the artwork is simply wonderful! Lovely and detailed, colorized illustrations capture the essence of the novel, and will appeal to anyone who loves the story, but will certainly entice younger readers to read this important story, without thinking of it as homework.

    I soon forgot my skepticism and reacquainted myself with this story all over again, enjoying it anew in a fresh and revitalized way.

    There are many ways to enjoy stories and every one of them are valid and useful. Graphic novels are one more way to enjoy books and I’m very pleased to have discovered, and approached it with an open mind, this format, which gives me an even deeper appreciation for classic or familiar stories, but also brings new and imaginative ones to my attention, broadening my scope of learning and entertainment.

  • J & J

    There's nothing quite like the full version novel but this was well done in graphic form.

  • katyjanereads

    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

    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 is a cheap car.

    6. It always makes me sad that Boo’s dad plugged up the knothole.

    7. One of my favorite parts is when Scout runs over to Mr. Cunningham in the mob and talks about how nice his son is and her being nice breaks up the mob.

    8. I learned that my grandma has scuppernongs in her yard and I’ve eaten them all my life but just called them grapes.

    9. Breaks my heart that Boo saves Scout and Jem and then they never see him again.

    10. Still some favorite quotes:

    -“I’m Charles Baker Harris. I can read.”

    “So what?”

    “I just thought you’d like to know I can read. You got anything needs readin’ I can do it.”

    “In all his life, Jem has never declined a dare. The bet was settled at Dill’s copy of The Gray Ghost against two of Jem’s Tom Swifts.

    “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

    “When I asked Jem what entailment was, and Jem described it as a condition of having your tail in a crack.”

    “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

    “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”

    “Talking to Francis gave me the sensation of settling slowly to the bottom of the ocean.”

    “Uncle Jack?”

    “Ma’am?”

    “What’s a whore lady?”

    “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

    When Atticus made Jem read to Mrs. Dubose: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.”

    When Scout wasn’t going to tell that Boo killed Mr. Ewell: “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a Mockingbird wouldn’t it?”

    “Atticus, he was real nice.”

    “Most people are, Scout. When you finally see them.”

  • Julie

    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. .

    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. . . always there. . . for his children, his community, his clients, his neighbors.

    Yep, he's there for his neighbors, and that Miss Maudie across the street knows it, too. It's so obvious that she wants to get her gloved hands all over him. But, guess what,

    ? I make a meaner casserole than you. I make a meaner cobbler, too. (Disclaimer: this is absolutely untrue).

    Either way, back away,

    , 'cause Atticus Finch is my dream man, right up there with Augustus McCrae and Rhett Butler. . . and, rumor has it. . . he looks a lot like Gregory Peck, too.

    Hell, even as a drawing. . . he's a giant of a man.

    .

  • 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • Rebecca

    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

    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 the book, and the artwork is very effective. My only gripe would be that I think Scout looks a bit too old at times, more of a preteen than a tomboy. Look out for the mockingbird on the fence on three pages. (What do you want to bet high school students will start reading this instead of the full novel?! In all honesty, if it gets them engaged in the story and characters in a way they wouldn’t be otherwise, that’s no bad thing in my opinion.)

    : (Atticus to Scout) “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”

  • 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

    Thank you so much Harper Collins for an Advanced Reader's Copy!

  • David Schaafsma

    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

    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 Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, it is very very true to the text, and to those who have seen the film, feels familiar.

    Of course you would not only read this version, but use it as a chance to reflect on the story. Or compare versions. Or use to help struggling readers "see" the text. The illustration/comics work here is lovely. I won't retell the plot, but I can say you get to fall in love with the story all over again. I will say I see it as somewhat different than I did decades ago when I taught it to exclusively white kids as an anti-racist text. Now, living in a large urban city, I can see how some non-white readers might view it as a book directed almost exclusively to white people with, as some people now say, a Great American White Savior speaking for the seemingly passive victims, the "mockingbird" blacks (and people with disabilities, the autistic Boo Radley), and I appreciate that point, but as a portrait of the American South in a particular time (Fordham defends his and Harper Lee's use of the "n"-word), it has very powerful moments, and Scout is one of the absolutely central girl characters in the history of American literature.

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