The Carnegie Medal winning, timeless classic gets the graphic novel treatment and is sure to captivate fans of the original and readers experiencing the magic of Tom’s Midnight Garden for the first time.
Tom is totally unimpressed when he finds himself shipped off to stay with his Uncle Alan and Aunt Gwen at the start of the summer holidays because his brother, Peter, has measles. Trapped inside for two weeks incase he is infectious, he finds himself going stir crazy and bored out of his mind. That is until Mrs. Bartholomew’s old clock strikes thirteen and Tom opens the magical door to a secret world…
The story of Tom’s adventures into the midnight garden is an utterly enchanting tale sprinkled with magic and mystery whilst gently exploring themes of friendship and loneliness. Stepping through a magical portal is the stuff of childhood dreams and Tom finds himself enjoying wonderful adventures with the spirited Hatty. His initial frustration and anger at being sent from home quickly gives way to wonderment and delight as he returns to the garden each night. Readers, like Tom, will find themselves enjoying every precious moment that they get to spend in the garden.
I’m always nervous when classics are reinterpreted, reimagined or reinvented but I need not have worried, Tom’s garden was in very capable artistic hands. Edith’s graphic-novel adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s classic time-slip adventure is delightful. Retaining all of the magic of the original narrative, Edith brings to life Tom’s adventures through beautifully illustrated, full colour comic-style panels and it makes for a visual treat.
With so many fantastic middle-grade books to choose from, it is always going to be a challenge to get today’s children to read something that was originally published over sixty years ago but Edith’s twenty-first century offering will certainly appeal to the children of the here and now. She has created a graphic novel that is stylish and feels completely up-to-date whilst still capturing the essence, beauty and charm that made the original so special. Readers who are familiar with the original text will be pleased to hear that the graphic novel is true to Pearce’s story that was first published in 1958.
Just as Tom wanted to stay in the secret world in which he was able to walk into during the night, readers will want to stay in the world that Edith has imagined and drawn. It is quite simply, wonderful.
Recommended for 9+.