Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables

Little, Brown. Mar. 2022. 256p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780316459778.
Gr 4-7–A modern and fresh graphic novel adaptation of the beloved Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Thirteen-year-old, red-haired Anne Shirley has been taken in by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who are temporarily fostering her while her next-of-kin is located. Hewing very close to the source material, the work introduces best friend Diana, school rival Gilbert, and inspiring teacher Muriel Stacey. The creative and daydreaming protagonist also gets into familiar scrapes—the missing brooch, mistakenly intoxicating Diana, and giving herself a horrendous haircut. However, new additions to the plot are included, such as her interest in robotics and a female love interest, making this a relatable narrative. This is Weir’s second outing in the “Classic Graphic Remix,” following her Secret Garden adaptation. The full-color panels offer engaging and arresting art; the dynamic design will draw in fans of Raina Telgemeier and Kayla Miller. Anne, Marilla, and Matthew have brown skin, and Diana and Gilbert appear to be white.
VERDICT A charming retelling for fans of the classic novel and middle school–themed graphic novels.

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