ACHUKA Book of the Day 16 Jul 2021
“Luechtefeld’s orderly panels employ a deliberate earth-toned palette, starting with a decidedly dark feel and gradually lightening as the characters move through their own personal struggles with grief. The core of Burnett’s tale is present… often ably conveyed in lovely wordless scenes.” KIRKUS
“The parallels between the tending of the garden and character development within the story are reflected in the beautiful, hand drawn–style artwork, which gradually brightens from a washed-over neutral palette to lighter.” SLJ
It’s always of interest when classic children’s books are given new life in graphic novel form. Mariah Marsden’s adaptation omits certain elements from the original book but the key narrative elements remain. It is Hanna Luechtefeld’s atmospheric visual panels that make this presentation of the story so appealing.
At the back of the book, readers can learn about the life of Frances Hodgson Burnett and the history of British colonialism that contextualizes the original novel.
Follow Hanna Luechtefeld, a highly interesting and prolific illustrator, zine enthusiast and gallery curator/director from Kansas City, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannaluechtefeld/