Saturday, June 14, 2014

Frankenstein by Gris Grimly

Hardcover, 208 pages

Published August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray 
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein is a twisted, fresh, and utterly original full-length, full-color graphic-novel adaptation of Mary Shelley's original text, brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Gris Grimly.

This is the first fully illustrated version to use the original 1818 text and is destined to capture the imagination of those new to the story as well as those who know it well.

New York Times bestselling illustrator Gris Grimly has long considered Frankenstein to be one of his chief inspirations. From the bones and flesh of the original, he has cut and stitched Mary Shelley's text to his own artwork, creating something entirely new: a stunningly original remix, both classic and contemporary, sinister and seductive, heart-stopping and heartbreaking.

Perfect for fans of Edgar Allan Poe and Neil Gaiman's Coraline. 

Frankenstein is one of those novels that is read in high school and you either love it or loath it. I loved it and am so glad that my fellow teachers still teach it at our high school. We always talk about how once they get past the letters at the beginning, it is usually an interesting read for most students. Gris Grimly has created, in this graphic novel, a way for students to still be exposed to all of the language and plot while giving a visual for students to pair with their reading. The illustrations were fantastic and they will definitely come in handy for my students as they read the novel. I am excited for my students to get their hands on it!!

Classroom Ideas: Use this novel in conjunction with the original text as a way to review what is going on in the chapters. If your students have chapters to read for homework, use this text as a way to review what was covered in the chapters. It could also be used for struggling readers as a way to introduce the text they are reading or even as a supplement for them.

Happy reading!!

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