This is a manga adaptation of the classic novel. Adapted by Crystal Chan, illustrated by Kuma Chan.
Anne Shirley, a precocious orphan girl, was sent to the Cuthberts’ home of Green Gables by accident. the Cuthberts, siblings Marilla and Matthew were hoping to adopt a boy to help around the farm, but they got Anne instead, a girl full of imagination and spunk. After hearing of the life she could have if adopted by another family, Marilla decides to let Anne stay. Anne starts at school and befriends a neighbor girl named Diana, and even has her own enemy in Gilbert Blythe. Anne tries exceptionally hard to make Marilla happy, despite her lack of proper upbringing. She also grows close to Matthew, who likes her imaginative stories very much.
This seems very much like a faithful adaptation, but I cannot say for certain, having never read the original storyline. Admittedly, the story was not as intriguing to me as other titles I've read this year, but this story continues to resonate with audiences well after its original publication. The Manga Classics line is a great way to introduce or bridge manga readers into prose novels, or, at the very least, provide exposure to classic storylines in a familiar format.
Kuma Chan's illustrations employ all the familiar tenets of the manga genre, and in doing so, create a fairly beautiful, often cute version of Anne. She often professes to be quite plain, and she absolutely hates her red hair, but her illustrated version is adorable, so it's hard to take her complaints seriously.
Sara’s Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 5-12
Publisher: Manga Classics
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
ISBN: 9781947808188 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Adaptations, Family, Friendship, Farming, Udon Entertainment
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