Snow White

Snow White

Book - 2016
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Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

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A darkly stylized, noir adaptation of the classic story is set against a backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan and depicts, in vibrant graphic-novel detail, the story of a beleaguered girl who finds shelter with seven street urchins after the sudden death of her former Wall Street king father and suffering cruelty at the hands of her Queen of the Follies stepmother.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763672331
Branch Call Number: Fiction Phelan CHILD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm


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Nov 15, 2017

Loved this and highly recommend to all! Beautiful art and fun way to redo an old story.

Sep 10, 2017

A very neat rendition of the classic Disney's Snow White story.
I loved the way the drawings pulled you into the important parts of the story, how the setting of the 1920's was prevalent but not overwhelming, and how the novel quickly developed into an intriguing story, communicating all it needed to without any words.
I loved the imagination that was captured by this novel.

DBRL_KatieL Aug 04, 2017

Interesting retelling-set just before and during the roaring twenties and great depression. The author is really creative in adapting the story to that setting, for example instead of a magic mirror there is a stock market ticker. Rather than a gang of dwarf miners there is a group of orphaned children. The prince is a police detective brought in to investigate Snows death. I do wish he had been introduced earlier, as it is he feels just dropped in. The illustrations are interesting as well, mostly black and white with red accents. There is very little text. I found some pages confusing and would have liked more text to explain them, but overall enjoyed the novel. I read it start to finish in about 30 minutes.

AL_KELSEY Jun 20, 2017

A cool, sneaky mystery set as a retelling of Snow White. Haunting black and white illustrations accompany this new story.

Feb 15, 2017

So funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mandaladreamer Jan 19, 2017

218 Pages, for those of you counting pages read. (You're welcome!) Interesting variation on the story of Snow White, set in New York City during the 1930's. I've read several of Matt Phelan's books and enjoyed them all.

KHCPL_Doug Jan 09, 2017

This is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story. Since it is a retelling, there's nothing terribly unpredictable in the story, although there are a few clever twists to make it modern. But the art is compelling and beautiful! Mostly black and white, with splashes of color to emphasize the story, but wonderfully done and the art propels the story as much or more than the writing. It's a short read worth picking up.

PMPL_AnaC Jan 07, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous! Snow White in the Depression era.

Jan 03, 2017

This is a beautiful, simple visual story. I felt like I was watching a movie with the intricacy. The 1920s vibe had me hooked from the start. I wish it could have gone on because I loved flipping through it.

FindingJane Dec 12, 2016

Set in pre- and post-Depression America, this graphic rendering of Snow White puts all the familiar figures in place only with different faces and roles. Snow’s mother suffers and dies from tuberculosis (a deadly disease with no antibiotic cure in those days) and Snow’s father is smitten by a beautiful but icy Ziegfeld Follies girl who becomes his second wife.

The story takes a familiar turn with the stepmother receiving cryptic messages from a ticker tape that seems to tick away life as much as inform about the waning of other people’s fortunes. Is she a witch? Did she use magic to ensure her husband’s continued wealth when others lost their packets of cash? Did she use potion or poison to bump off her foolishly besotted spouse? The story tantalizes as much as it reveals.

The grimness of the big city and its glitter are played out in black-and-white illustrations that serve to carry the story even without words. Lurid splashes of color highlight certain pictures. But the real burst of hue comes at the end.

Telling too much would spoil the tale and this is one that deserves to be seen and read, again and again.

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