Happy Sunday! For me, Sunday is the day to laze about, so it’s the perfect time to read illustrated books because generally they are quite big and hard to hold up – and on Sundays, I stay in bed basically all day. It’s a lot easier to read big books in bed because you can just lay them flat next to you.
Does that make sense? OK, let’s move on to my collection of illustrated books!
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Rae Smith
I haven’t read this yet but am really looking forward to it. I went to see the play recently and was in tears several times over, so am sure this book will kill me. And look at those poppies underneath the dust jacket! Beautiful.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
Reading this for the first time felt almost exactly like when I first received a new Harry Potter book at midnight and devoured it before the morning. It felt like a brand new way to rediscover the stories, and I was so excited every time I turned the page.
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
This graphic novel deals with the events of the Holocaust, with the Jewish people depicted as mice, the Polish as pigs and the Germans and Nazis as cats. I first read this for university in my third year and loved it, but also found it very harrowing. I would definitely consider this a historical text despite its non-traditional format and think it should be a staple GCSE text.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians graphic novels by Rick Riordan, illustrated by Attila Futaki
I own the first three books in graphic novel form but sadly I don’t think they’re going to do the last two, as they’ve already moved on to the Heroes of Olympus series instead. I would recommend reading the original books first as the graphic novels are abridged, but if you’re a fan of those books I’d definitely recommend collecting these.
The Illustrated Works of Jane Austen: Volume 2
It doesn’t appear to say anywhere on this book who did the illustrating
I have only read Sense and Sensibility of the three novels in this collection (the other two are Emma and Northanger Abbey) so I really need to get on that because I’ve had this book for quite a long time now! I’d definitely like Volume 1 since that has Pride and Prejudice, which is the only other Austen book I’ve read (and which I enjoyed a lot more). Some others I’d like to get by this publisher are the illustrated works of Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll, Hans Christian Anderson and William Shakespeare.
So that’s my collection of illustrated books/graphic novels – quite small at the moment! Like I said, I’d like to get the first volume of the Jane Austen illustrated novels, plus the others I mentioned, and I’d like to get the Heroes of Olympus graphic novels. I’ve also got my eye on The Sleeper and the Spindle and an illustrated copy of The Graveyard Book, both by Neil Gaiman, and obviously I’ll be collecting the rest of the illustrated Harry Potters as soon as they’re released!
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