In this blog, I'm going to review the graphic novel adaptation of the world renown classic "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. There are a few different graphic novels based on this classic, so the one I was reading was published by Sterling and written by Michael Mucci.
I first read this novel a few years ago when my mom bought it while we were on vacation. I've always been interested in the story of Dracula, and she thought this adaptation would be a good lead in. Although a few years have passed, I loved it then as much as I still love it today. I would recommend this book for kids above the age of 8 because there isn't any cussing in the dialog, the Dracula victims only have some suggested blood, and the book has a lot of action so it will keep kids entertained. I would also recommend this book for younger kids because the character's dialog bubbles are not in small print and I found it easy to read. Not only is this book a great read for kids, but I think also teens and adults would like it just as much. The pictures are historically accurate to the time period it's set in and the story line stays true to the original novel.
In the classic book and this graphic novel, one of the main characters, named Jonathan Harker, goes to Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania to work there as his estate clerk not knowing that strange things surround the Count and his home. When he arrives at the Count's castle, he immediately notices that Dracula is not like the other people he has helped in the past. This host does many peculiar things, such as sleeping during the day and keeping almost every single door locked. Jonathan also realizes that the local Transylvanians are very superstitious and scared of the Count, which he soon learns is for a very good reason...
I would give this "Dracula" 4 out of 5 stars because I can read the entire book in a day which is why I find myself reading it often to keep from getting board on things like road trips. I also like it because I really enjoy how realistic the illustrator drew the pictures in the book. This novel captures the spookiness of the original Dracula and I think it's a great thing to read before you read the actual Bram Stoker classic.
Please write in the comments if you have read any verisons of this novel and if it was too creepy for you!
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