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The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adaptation of sci-fi favorite a little murky visually.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+
I think that this is a quite tame book that my kid enjoyed. it was a bit boring though but it was not bad but it took like 2 hours or less to read!
age 8+

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This graphic adaptation of THE CITY OF EMBER hits the high points of the popular science-fiction novel, but it fails to generate the narrative power of the original. With the tale set mostly in darkness, the illustrations are necessarily muted and even murky. Much of the plot revolves around clues hidden in a ripped-up document, and the porocess of deciphering them is not visually interesting. Fans of Jeanne DuPrau's novel might enjoy this version, but it seems unlikely to spur new readers toward the original book.

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