The Call of the Wild is a world-famous animal story, widely considered to be Jack London's greatest work. When Californian family dog Buck is kidnapped from his family home and sent to Alaska as a sled dog, he encounters incredible brutalities at the hands of men. The wilderness beckons him as a means of escape, but will Buck answer its call? A brilliant adventure story for children aged 8+, The Call of the Wild is a tale of endurance and the unbreakable bond between man and dog.
"Gr. 6-9. Jack London's unparalleled tale of ferocious dignity and love joins the Puffin Graphics series, which already includes such classics as Macbeth, Dracula, and Black Beauty. Buck, complacent in his comfortable home, is dognapped and sold into servitude. Amid the frigid landscape of the Yukon during the gold rush, the sled dog's life of struggle remolds Buck into a fierce leader and a loyal companion. Kleid\b wisely omits extraneous details but preserves much of London's language and sweep, boiling the story down to archetypal purity. Unfortunately, although Nino's figures are emotive and the dual-tone backgrounds are appropriately stark, setting predominantly white panels against a white page encourages the eye to pass too easily over the images, breaking down the essential union of words and pictures. But the story can't be beat, and functioning on the strength of its action-packed narrative, this version will prove an exciting way into a classic for many reluctant readers. --Jesse Karp Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Years ago, Classic Comics, heavily digested versions of classic novels, functioned as illustrated Cliff's Notes for students. Kleid (Ninety Candles, Brownsville) and Nino (Graphic Classics: The Invisible Man) have updated the old form with this adaptation of Jack London's perennial. Kleid's adaptation competently summarizes the original, introducing the reader to Buck the dog, the vile man in the red sweater and the sympathetic John Thornton, highlighting the main events from the novel and using London's most workmanlike sentences to keep the story moving along. Nino's black-and-white art has a nice kinetic, almost impressionistic quality. Unfortunately, his emphasis on movement over clarity makes it difficult to tell human beings from each other, let alone dogs, and obscures any real emotion. Kleid himself sums up the biggest problem with this adaptation in his afterword: "London was smart-he went the novel route, where it's easier to get inside a dog's head." The audience for this adaptation is blurred: older readers may just read the original, while younger readers are unlikely to understand either the art or Kleid's self-indulgent afterword, which tries to compare the adaptation to Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's groundbreaking (but arguably unsuitable for children) We3. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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catreq 01/31/20 8p
He had learned well the law of club and fang (on title page)
106 p. 23 cm