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Louisa May Alcott: Graphic Classics Vol. 18    edited by Tom Pomplun order for
Louisa May Alcott
by Tom Pomplun
Order:  USA  Can
Eureka Productions, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Everyone knows Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. But how about some of her other stories and poems? Volume Eighteen of Graphic Classics presents six of Alcott's stories and two poems in graphic novel form.

The main story is indeed Little Women, but some of Alcott's darker, more gothic, works are also included: The Rival Prima Donnas, Lost in a Pyramid, and A Whisper in the Dark. These three stories show that Alcott could craft tales for adults as well as young adults. Her two other stories presented here, Buzz and The Piggy Girl, are both unique in their own right. Buzz is a sad story about a fly, with an uplifting ending, while The Piggy Girl is more of a fable for children. The two poems in this collection, To the First Robin and The Lay of the Golden Goose, show that Alcott's poetry can be just as much fun as her fiction.

Each piece in Graphic Classics Vol. 18: Louisa May Alcott is illustrated by a different artist, so each has a unique feel to it. For instance, when I was younger, I never wanted to read Little Women, but having it here in graphic novel format, I easily delved into what proved to be a delightful story. I think a lot of this stems from the rich, comic-like artwork that helps keep the story moving.

A Whisper in the Dark is the other piece that has a contemporary comic feel to it while the rest of the stories have a more arty look to them. The Lay of the Golden Goose is presented in almost picture-book form and To the First Robin is just one gorgeous illustration. All of these different looks accompany their respective pieces well, setting each work apart from the rest and making the whole book a fun read.

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