C. E. Richards grew up reading comic books, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and watching Star Wars. He is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and lives in Atlanta, where he is working on book and magazine illustrations, comic books, poster design, playbill illustration, and album artwork for CDs.
Gr 4-6-The format of these retellings provides a gateway to
otherwise daunting works of literature. By no means are these
graphic novels meant to replace the originals; the vocabulary is
limited, and the narrative, dialogue, and descriptive elements are
rudimentary. Yet in combination with the bold, fresh, action-packed
graphic elements, the stories will attract reluctant readers. What
is verbal in the original novels, such as characterization or
imagery, is dependent on the art. Line qualities in the color
drawings are varied and show evidence of an accomplished
illustrator. The books include discussion questions that teachers
might find useful. These titles are visually attractive and will
see a lot of circulation. Once in the hands of developing readers,
they may open the doors to the masterful works on which they are
based. -Joel Bangilan, Houston Public Library, TX-- "School Library
This 26-title set features dynamic comic-style art and abridged retellings of both myths and literature classics. Titles include The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland (all 2010), among others.-- "Book Links"