The legend of Sleepy Hollow [graphic novel]

Washington Irving, 1783-1859

Book - 2008

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Graphic horror
Graphic planet
Graphic novels
Edina, Minn. : Magic Wagon c2008.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Washington Irving, 1783-1859 (-)
Other Authors
Jeff Zornow (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Part of the Graphic Planet umbrella series, this Graphic Horror entry is an entertaining and faithful, if much adapted version of Irving's classic story. Zornow's illustrations are the highlight of the work, successfully bringing the characters of the story to life, especially the ridiculous Ichabod Crane and the terrifying Headless Horseman. Although his panels are uninspired rectangles, Zornow's layout is artistic, and the coloring, by Lynx Studios, is very attractive. The text is not easy to read. Most of the words are in text boxes (there are just a few speech bubbles), and the type size is small. What's more, the brief glossary doesn't cover much. Although serious graphic novel readers will probably pass this by,  patient readers, especially those unacquainted with the original story, may find themselves drawn in by the mix of fun and horror Zornow has created in his pictures. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4-8 –Four classic tales of horror and one original monster story are presented in this series. Styles of art and lettering are matched to the period and tone of each volume. Ho's illustrations for Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde are sepia-toned and accompanied by text in an ornate font, while Zornow's Sleepy Hollow scenes range from the bright colors of a sunlit farm to the dark, moody road late at night, all accompanied by classic comic-book lettering. Zornow's original werewolf tale pits the beast against an array of monsters commanded by a vampire in an action-packed adventure well suited to its length. Frankenstein , Jekyll & Hyde , and Mummy (based on an unspecified Bram Stoker work, but drawing heavily on The Jewel of Seven Stars ), unfortunately, all suffer from being so condensed. Still, young horror fans will enjoy these graphic (not gory) renditions.–Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood [Page 154]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Ghosts and goblins abound in Sleepy Hollow. The haunting tales of the Headless Horseman entranced Ichabod Crane. During the day, he found the stories exciting. But at night he was afraid. His fear reached new heights the night he was chased by the mysterious ghost! The terrifying ride is brought to life in this striking graphic novel adaptation.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The terrifying ride of the Headless Horseman is brought to life in this haunting tale.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In comic book format, retells the classic story about the schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, his romantic rival Brom Bones, and a local legend about the Headless Horseman, a vengeful ghost.