For my next installment of “What’s on my nightstand?” I had to ask for an expert’s help: someone who was familiar with the graphic novel format. I chose to move this book from my nightstand to my nine-year-old’s nightstand because the next book is Oliver Twist: The Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novel.
Here’s a portion of my interview with the expert.
Hello? Mom? It’s not going to be an interview if there are not any questions.
So what do you think I should ask you?
Whatever you want.
Did you like the book?
Yes. I liked it.
Do you think you might consider reading the original?
What were your favorite parts of the book?
I liked the Maylies and how they helped Oliver.
Did Oliver work for Mr. Soweberry?
Who’s he again?
Does Oliver say, “Please, I’d like some more, sir.”
Did you know that that’s the most famous line from the book?
Who was your favorite character in the book?
I liked Oliver Twist. He didn’t steal.
What did you think of Fagin?
I didn’t like him. He used his boys to get money.
Were there any evil characters in the story?
Yes. Fagin, definitely, and Bill.
How did the story end?
The the police hang Fagin.
What happens to Oliver?
He’s happy with Mr. Brownlow in the end.
It took my expert about forty-five minutes to read this version. Unlike some graphic novels, the illustrations were not overly scary. The “bad” characters are meaner looking but still in a cartoony way. For example Fagin has an enormous nose. Oliver’s depicted as a red-head with a round face. In the little I flipped through the book, it seems more faithful to the original text than other versions I’ve read.
Oliver Twist: The Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novel.… it’s what’s on my nine-year-old’s nightstand.