Sunday, February 13, 2011

Review: The Little Prince Graphic Novel adaped by Joann Sfar

The classic tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry gets a face-lift in this graphic novel adaptation. The water colors found in the original have been replaced by Sfar's more whimsical style. The little prince's big eyes give him a slightly alien look, something akin to those found in manga. The text is very close to the original with only minor changes keeping the spirit of the original story intact. I found myself partial to the original text and art-work but the graphic novel was still fun to read. The new format may appeal to wider audience as well. It's interesting to note that Sfar's work was approved by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's family. Though at first not my style of art, I find the more I look at these pages the more I like them.
Summary:"After being stranded in a desert after a crash, a pilot comes in contact with a captivating little prince who recounts his journey from planet to planet and his search for what is most important in life. For more than sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince has captured the hearts and minds of its readers."

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 (first published in the U.S.)     
Translator: Sarah Ardizzone     Pages: 110     Rating: 3 Stars     Source: Purchased


  1. Actually, the cover's quite appealing, and this from a long time fancier of Le Petit Prince. I'll surely look for it at my local bookstore.
    Hope you find Haddon's novel as engaging as I did...

  2. Ah! Very cool, I want to read this for my Books of LOST Challenge and the graphic novel seems like a cool twist!