AG Book Club :: March
This month’s book selection is Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt and illustrated by Isabell Arsenault, a heartbreakingly beautiful graphic novel for youth adults. It’s the story of Hélène, a young girl who is cruelly bullied at school, but finds solace when she escapes into the world of Jane Eyre. In the character of Jane Eyre she recognizes a kindred spirit, a woman who was also mistreated, but retained within herself both strength and compassion.
The drawings are gorgeous and emotional, and quickly draw you into Hélène’s dreary world as quickly as she is drawn into Jane’s. Whenever she is reading, the drawings turn colorful and light, making you feel what Hélène feels as she encounters characters she identifies with for the first time.
I haven’t read many graphic novels, but whenever I do I’m always surprised by how much I like the different medium. It’s both captivating and natural to see the images that support and supplement the story. And because this story is so short, the entertainment feels similar to the way a movie feels. You sit down for an hour or two and by the end you’ve lived through an entire story, and felt the full arch of the characters.
I’m so excited to hear what you think of this book, and what your thoughts are on reading graphic novels. Anyone finished yet?