A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic science fiction adventure for young readers. It uses the theories of Albert Einstein to provide a rationale for fast travel between distant points. Famous quotations from history and literature are often used in the dialogue.

Positive Messages

A Wrinkle in Time emphasizes the importance of bravery, perseverance, curiosity. and empathy. The plot demonstrates the value of nonconformity. Above all, the book celebrates the power of love, which is demonstrated to be the key to overcoming evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With their physicist father mysteriously missing, the Murry family is regarded as odd, especially angry, awkward Meg and other-worldly Charles Wallace. But when it comes time to travel to another planet to rescue their father, Meg and Charles Wallace find that their differences allow them to persevere and ultimately triumph.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time fully captures the magic of the original novel. The story of the Murry family emphasizes the importance of bravery, perseverance, curiosity, and empathy, and the plot demonstrates the value of nonconformity. Illustrator/adapter Hope Larson excels at depicting both the cosmic scope of the tale and the intimate personal actions that put the science-fictional elements into perspective. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMamta123 July 30, 2020
Adult Written byChar32222 August 10, 2019


This is a good book. This novel is fun. My daughter ( LOVES books probably to much) loves this book she reads on paper as well as ebook. Ebooks are a great Chri... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 8, 2021

Awesome adaption of the novel

Great book! I was so excited when I found out there was a graphic novel version! I think that the graphic novel is even better than the novel, if that's po... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPinkChickenNuggets January 31, 2021

What's the story?

One dark and stormy night, the Murry family is visited by three strange figures, who send them on a mission to find Mr. Murry, a missing government physicist in A WRINKLE IN TIME. Joined by their friend Calvin O'Keefe, Meg and Charles Wallace travel to the planet Camazotz via tesseract, a wrinkle in space-time that allows fast travel between distant points. As the children search for Mr. Murry, they encounter all manner of weird creatures and face off against a cosmic force that threatens not only them but the universe as a whole.

Is it any good?

A longtime critical and popular favorite, adapts well to the strictures of the graphic novel. Adapter/illustrator Hope Larson succeeds in capturing both the tale's cosmic scope and the smaller, intimate moments between characters that put the big questions of good and evil into perspective. Although not a replacement for Madeleine L'Engle's beloved original novel, the comics version of A Wrinkle in Time should appeal to a wide variety of readers, young and old.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this graphic novel adaptation compares with the original novel of A Wrinkle in Time. Have you read other graphic novel adaptations of well-known books? 

  • Why do some children seem "strange" to other people? Should those children try to be more like everyone else?

  • Are people happier when they don't have to make decisions for themselves? Does conforming to a strict set of rules and roles have a benefit for people?

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