The Giver: Graphic Novel


Written by Lois Lowry, Illustrated by P. Graig Russell

Published by HMH books for young readers, February 5, 2019

My star rating: 4 stars


Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P.Craig Russell’s beautifully haunting illustrations. Find it on Goodreads

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The Giver has a very special place in my heart. When I first got back into reading, this series was a bit of a turning point for me. This was the first book that I couldn’t wait to wake up and start reading! I actually woke up at 5:30am (which was an hour earlier than I needed  to get up) so that I could get in an hour of reading before I started work. I couldn’t read fast enough and I couldn’t get this series out of my head! So, naturally, when I heard that it was being turned into a graphic novel, I did everything I could to get my hands on it! Though I wouldn’t say that it’s as good as the novel itself, I really enjoyed the experience!

Having read the novel before this, I will say that there were certain elements of the story that worked REALLY well accompanied with the illustrations. There are scenes where the main character has visions of the world before his own time. Their lives are so protected and controlled, and he was able to see the chaos of war, the beauty of colour and nature, pure joy, death, and so much more. I remember reading those scenes in the book thinking how they must have looked to a person who had never seen anything outside of his bubble. These illustrations helped these scenes immensely!

The illustrations themselves were absolutely beautiful! I was lucky enough to read this as an ARC, but all of the pictures were in black and white. Regardless of their lack of colour, each picture depicted so much emotion. The expressions on the characters and the body language was spot on, really assisting with the emotional depth that you can sometimes lack when reading a graphic novel. I really need to find a finished copy and compare them!

I also liked that there seemed to be more writing throughout. Sometimes graphic novels rely heavily on the illustrations to carry the story through. But, in this case, I feel that the writing and the illustrations worked so well together.

I did struggle a little bit with the lack of emotion though. I think that it’s because I had read the novel before. I remember there being so much more emotion and impact with the novel opposed to the graphic novel. That aside, this was still an INCREDIBLE new way to experience this book!

Thank you so much to Raincoast Books and HMH books for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own and are uninfluenced.

Until next time, happy reading!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ohh this sounds good, going to have to add this to my wish list. You sound like me I always set my alarm alittle earlier so I can get a few chapters in before the day starts haha xD great review ❤

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  2. Sara Mueller says:

    I absolutely love The Giver. I never would have imagined it would be turned into a graphic novel, since much of the unknown is based on the reader not really knowing what time period it is, what is off about this world. But based on your review, I think I’ll have to give it a look. It sounds amazing!

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    1. It’s funny you mention the time period. The whole series is like that. Some worlds seem futuristic while others are older and without modern comforts. Yet they are all in the same time line and it works out and explains itself. It’s really amazing and part of the reason why I love the series so much!


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