Libraries looking to update their collection of classic novels that have been published in graphic novel form should consider this edition for several reasons. This adaptation was done by Michael Cavallaro, a comics and graphic artist who has collaborated with several authors, such as Jane Yolen, on adaptations to the graphic form.
This edition is unique in that it includes the graphic novel adaptation and the complete original text of L. Frank Baum’s novel in the second half of the book. The dialogue in the graphic novel remains true to the original text and readers wishing to compare the two genre will find the exact words from the original text in the dialogue between the characters. Missing in the graphic form are the long passages of description. While not altering the text, Cavallaro has updated and modernized the images so that the graphics will appeal and attract a new audience. Dorothy’s pigtails are now dyed red and blue, and her dress replaced with jeans and a hoodie. The witch’s shoes that were “silver … with pointed toes” are updated to silver buckle boots with rounded toes. Cavallaro’s artwork is dynamic and flashy; his characters are energetic and facially expressive; the colours are bright and engaging. Those interested only in the graphics will become familiar with the main plot of this classic; those wishing to explore further will be able to read the original text, looking for similarities and differences.
This book would be an excellent novel study for comparing a graphic novel adaptation to the original text. Cavallaro and his work are featured in TeachingBooks.net.