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Summary: Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist, is obsessed with the idea of turning "lifeless matter" into life. Scientifically he is triumphant - he creates a son from a collection of body parts. Emotionally, he has failed. He rejects the "son" he created. In that rejection, he created a monster. A being determined to destroy everything - and everyone - Victor loved. This is Mary Shelley's classic story in Graphic Novel format.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 12 and Up; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 10 and Up
Reading Level: 5.3
Age of Child: Read with and by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our 10 year old picked this out of a pile of graphic novels because she had heard about Frankenstein before (television shows, book references). She also likes scary stories. She stuck with this one until about halfway through, but then gave up. She found some of the references frustrating, and once Victor finished creating his being, she was no longer interested.
Adult Reader Reaction: A graphic novel is a fantastic way to read this story. The narrative is exactly as I remember it (it is the original text), but having the images kept me more interested in reading and help with a visual context to the story.
Pros: Readers of all types will enjoy the visual experience of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a graphic novel.
Cons: The material is a bit mature. Even though the reading level is 5.3, it may be too dark for some middle school readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The graphic novel is a wonderful choice for introducing young readers to this classic. For struggling readers, it is an excellent way to help them with class assignments of books like these.
Educational Themes: This is a thought-provoking story, and in a modern context can look at scientific advances like cloning. There are several variations of the theme "be careful what you wish for" that can be explored and discussed with readers.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - Classics, Comics and Graphic Novels
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014
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