Published by Andrews McMeel
Summary: The classic story of Anne Shirley has been adapted into a graphic novel, beginning with Rachel Lynde’s huffy visit to Mirella, with her dire predictions of what will happen when Mirella and her brother Matthew adopt an orphan. Of course, everyone thinks the orphan will be a boy. When Matthew arrives at the train station, he learns that a mistake has been made and their orphan is a girl. Anne quickly wins their hearts, and goes on to win many more, including Diana Barry’s, Great-Aunt Josephine’s, and of course, Gilbert Blythe’s. Their legendary feud continues for years, but by the last few pages, Anne has seen that Gilbert is a worthy suitor, and a romance seems to be blossoming. 232 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: I confess I am more familiar with the Megan Follows movie than the book, but I was happy to see most of my favorite episodes from the story included here. The pastel artwork is lovely, perfectly capturing the beauty of Prince Edward Island.
Cons: Diehard fans of the original novel will undoubtedly miss parts that have been excluded in this retelling.