A beautiful young woman. An evil, jealous stepmother. Seven…boys? Matt Phelan’s brilliantly original graphic rendition of Snow White (Candlewick, $19.99) is not for the faint-hearted. Set in 1920s New York City, Snow’s father is a stockbroker and her stepmother a Broadway star known as Queen of the Follies; a stock ticker replaces the omniscient mirror; and a Macy’s holiday window becomes the glass coffin. The Art Deco font used for the title and chapter headings reflects the era, and Phelan’s primarily black-and-gray pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations provide a stark contrast to the occasional burst of red and the full-color, happily-ever-after ending. Ages 10-14.
Snow White: A Graphic Novel - Matt Phelan