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Publishers Weekly Review
Hope Davis narrates this engaging new audio production of L'Engle's classic novel. When the troubled and underachieving Meg Murry's physicist father goes missing, Meg-along with her younger brother, Charles, and friend Calvin-warps across the universe in an attempt to find him. The trio is aided by three angels, Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which, who use Dr. Murray's mysterious tesseract project to whisk the children through space and time. Davis delivers pitch-perfect narration that captures the spirit of the author's prose. She also creates distinct voices for the book's many characters, most notably the petulant Meg and enthusiastic Calvin. Listeners are in for a real treat-and longtime L'Engle fans will delight in Davis's outstanding performance, which breathes new life into this acclaimed fantasy title. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 5-9-The 50th anniversary of the publication of Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery award-winner, A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, 1962), has spurred the rerecording of her science fiction/fantasies. Highly praised, A Wrinkle in Time launched what became a succession of books with intergalactic, intracellular, and time travels featuring socially-challenged Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin O'Keefe, who later became Meg's husband. In Wrinkle, they rescue Meg's physicist dad from the clutches of "It"-a mind-controlling entity. A Wind in the Door (Square Fish, pap. 2007) has Meg, Calvin, and fantastical creatures slipping into the mitochondria of a very-ill Charles Wallace. In A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Square Fish, pap. 2007), a teenaged Charles Wallace transcends time and danger to alter history so the world is no longer threatened by a belligerent dictator. Though Calvin is out of town, Charles is assisted by a grown, pregnant Meg through mind-to-mind flow. Though written decades ago, all three novels connect with current headlines on bullying, societal conformity, dangerous microorganisms, and potential threats of nuclear aggression. After an introduction spoken by L'Engle, Hope Davis narrates A Wrinkle in Time with careful intensity. Narrator Jennifer Ehle brings verve and emotional clarity to the other two titles. The sound quality is excellent. While some listeners who have enjoyed these titles originally read by L'Engle may miss the author's interpretation of her text, they will find that Davis and Ehle add youthful energy to these works. L'Engle's modern classics are school and public library standards, and these new recordings are a very good way to fill in any gaps.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In these four entertaining and well-known stories for children, two of the titles are read by their authors. An especially helpful feature is the indication on each tape of what chapters are covered, since the chapters do generally run from one side to the next. Technical quality is excellent with clear, well-spoken, straightforward narrations. Each reading aptly conveys the spirit of the text. The tapes are packaged in sturdy vinyl boxes, which include illustrations, a short synopsis, a short biography of the author, and a description of the narrator. These thoroughly enjoyable productions are worthwhile purchases for any library collection.--Mary Berman
Horn Book Review
In her note-perfect graphic-novel adaptation, Larson's affection for the Murry family's first adventure is clear. She skillfully pins down the sensation of traveling through space by tessering, the changing faces of Mrs. Whatsit, and the dedicated care of Aunt Beast. This version is given enough space, panel by panel, to mark every vital plot twist and character realization. (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
A faithfully adapted graphic novel of the beloved 1962 classic, just in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. With a keen eye, Eisner Award winner Larson (Mercury, 2010) doesn't stray a moment from L'Engle's original text, following the Murry children, Charles Wallace and Meg, and their friend, Calvin O'Keefe, as they tesser through outer space looking for Meg and Charles Wallace's lost father. Larson's illustrations are clear and concise, neatly ordered across each page with a tidy sensibility. While it is an amazingly envisioned and sophisticatedly stylized offering, some purists may be slightly put off by the three-color black, white and blue palette. It's difficult to see The Man with Red Eyes with baby blue eyes, or to miss out on her rainbow wings when Mrs. Whatsit morphs into the centaurlike creature on Uriel. Minor grievances aside, this is a stunning reimagining of L'Engle's Newbery-winning tale, and it should entrance old and new readers alike. Adaptations can be difficult to execute with style and grace; Larson manages to do both and still add her own flair. Larson's admiration and respect for the original text shines through; this is an adaptation done right. (Graphic fantasy. 9-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.