Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Tom’s Midnight Garden is a classic of children’s literature and a deeply satisfying time-travel mystery. This stunning graphic novel adaptation from award-winning French artist Edith transforms Philippa Pearce’s story into an engaging visual adventure.
A Reimagined Classic
This graphic retelling remains true to the story of the classic 1958 British time slip story. Tom is sent to an aunt and uncle's house because his brother is ill. There is absolutely nothing to do, especially since the city has been built up around his relatives house and there is nowhere to go and explore. One night, he gets up when the clock strikes and goes outside... to find the world completely changed. There is a beautiful garden, and he meets a young girl, Hatty. Over the length of his stay, he travels back several times, but Hatty is always a different age. Is she a ghost? What exactly is happening? Eventually, he puts the clues together and makes a sad but bittersweet discovery about Hatty, and his visit is certainly made much less dreary by his visits with her.
There are many graphic novel versions of classics old and new, from Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Jacques' Redwall to Horowitz's Stormbreaker and Riordan's The Lightning Thief. Some are better than others, but Edith's illustrations are some of the better ones, capturing the 1950s feel of the original but given the settings and characters enough to spark the interest of a new generation.