Snow White by Matt Phelan

A perfect lunchtime length read. I’ve really enjoyed Phelan’s work in the past and this latest graphic novel is no exception. A retelling of Snow White set in NYC in the 1920s. Snow White not only as not a magical fairy tale, but as historical fiction! In graphic novel format! I really liked this a lot. It felt like watching a film, perhaps a silent black and white film (much like reading Hugo Cabret, though in this case I want Baz Luhrmann to come make this a film). The illustrations are soft black and white, with occasional spots of pink/red (Snow’s bright cheeks, the heart). The evil stepmother is marvelously portrayed. The fashion of the time and her Ziegfield girl rich socialite suited this role perfectly. She was wonderfully rich, evil, and deranged. Snow was perfectly beautiful. I loved the historical and real details, such as Hooverville, the Macy’s windows, and the hairstyles.

An absolutely terrific new take on a classic fairy tale.

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