Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables by Ivy Noelle Weir, illustrated by Myisha Haynes. After reading Ivy’s retelling of The Secret Garden, The Secret Garden on 81st Street, I wanted to see see what I would think of a classic retelling that I’m less familiar with. Thank you to Ivy Noelle Weir and Little Brown For Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.
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Meet Author and Illustrator
Ivy Noelle Weir is a writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality (Oni Press), the upcoming The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Little, Brown for Young Readers), and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Princeless: Girls Rock (Action Lab Entertainment) and Dead Beats (A Wave Blue World). She lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and their two tiny, weird dogs.
Myisha has worked in the Bay Area as a games and marketing artist for 4+ years. When not working in her spare time on her fantasy webcomic, The Substitutes, Myisha spends her remaining hours decorating her house with superheroes and coveting other people’s pets. She’s also worked for Marvel’s Gwenpool, and has published a comic in the Eisner & Ignatz-winning Elements Anthology: Fire and done cover work for Lion Forge’s Castoffs.
About The Book
Title: Anne of West Philly
Author: Ivy Noelle Weir
Illustrator: Myisha Haynes
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: March 1st, 2022
Page Length: 256
Genre: Graphic Novel Retellings
Age Range: Middle Grade
Rep: various BIPOC characters
Anne of Green Gables with a twist: in this follow-up to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and The Secret Garden on 81st Street, this full-color graphic novel moves Anne Shirley to modern-day West Philadelphia, where where she finds new friends, new rivals, and a new family.
When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to foster a teenage girl for the first time, their lives are changed forever. Their redheaded foster daughter, Anne Shirley, is in search of an exciting life and has decided that West Philly is where she’s going to find it. Armed with a big personality and unstoppable creativity, Anne takes her new home by storm as she joins the robotics club, makes new friends in Diana and Gilbert, experiences first love, and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. But as Anne starts to get comfortable, she discovers one thing she wasn’t looking for: a family.
Content Warning: heart attack and hospitalization of parent
I have very little connection with Anne of Green Gables, despite it being a Canadian classic. So I have very little opinions on how closely this relates to the original material. That being said, this story was quick to get through. I enjoyed the inclusion of STEM programs, especially since the friend-group were all a part of the club.
Speaking of friend group. I didn’t connect with these characters. I found Anne to be very obnoxious at times – and I understand Anne was suppose to be misunderstood and optimistic, but I found it jarring is certain situations. I also found some of her actions to be manipulative, but this seemed to go away in the story, so the reader is left to assume that she learned a lesson or grew out of it. I did love her two best friends. I found them to be all around nice people. The characters interacting with Anne were purposeful: with the adults it was usually assumptions made on the adults part, blow up, adult learning their lesson, then apologizing to Anne. A lot of moments I felt things were exaggerated unnecessary- but then again when I was that age I do remember things being extreme and very much over exaggerated lol.
Although not my typical art style, I found that Myisha Haynes did a beautiful job. The entire graphic novel was colourful and expressive. The characters showed a large range in expressions that I don’t always find in Middle grade graphic novels. You could picture the full range of motions in your head to go from one panel to the next without it feeling clunky – you got a feel for each character and their personality. Honestly, I’m curious to check out Myisha’s web-comic, The Substitutes.
If you’ve been reading Ivy’s modern retellings so far then I think you’ll continue to enjoy this one. It was a good enough slice of life graphic novel following an 8th grader with a knack for coding – I think a middle grader would really enjoy this.
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