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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Little Prince (The) - Graphic Novel
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Age Range: 9-11
This stunning graphic novel by Joann Sfar is a vibrant, beautiful take on the internationally best-selling classic Little Prince.
A pilot (the narrator of the story), finds himself stranded in the Sahara Desert. As he tries to repair his plane he encounters the Little Prince, a child who has descended to earth from another planet where he is the sole inhabitant. All that exists on the Little Prince’s planet is a rose and three volcanos (two active and one dormant). The Little Prince tends his rose and is very fond of her but when the flower becomes difficult to please he decides to go travelling in search of new places.
He tells the pilot of his journey to six other asteroids and his encounters with the individuals who live there. On his visit to Earth, it is only when the Little Prince is faced with the absurdities of the adult world together with the advice he receives from a wise fox, that he finally realise what is important to him. As well as the tales of intergalactic travel The Little Prince is also a thought-provoking allegory of the human condition.
Sfar is one of the most talented French comic artists and his graphic interpretation features illustrations that are truly magnificent, taking the book in a bold new direction and enabling it to reach a whole new generation of readers. Sfar's adaptation takes the unique approach of depicting the story's narrator who never actually appears in the original book's illustrations. The pathos of the story is in some way more obvious because of the strong visual narrative, particularly of the facial expressions. The ending, is moving as the reader feels the narrator’s pain at the loss of the Little Prince.
The UK edition has been expertly translated by award-winning Sarah Ardizzone and packaged as a beautiful hardback gift book.