Classics Illustrated: Buzz

Erik Wiebel of the “This Kid Reviews Books” blog interviewed Papercutz Marketing Director Jesse Post about our Classics Illustrated series for The Upper Bucks Free Press.


“An enjoyable, subtly themed Christmas story about a man trying to find a place to call home. . . . Papercutz’s Classics Illustrated Deluxe books are all translations of high-quality French comics. They’re beautiful.” — UNSHELVED


“This version opens the readership to a younger or reluctant reader audience as Dickens is long and challenging for many students.” — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL


“It’s always good to include some ‘classic’ graphic novels for those parents who feel that nothing else deserves reading — and because they’re good stories! — and this is one I’d certainly recommend adding.” — FLYING OFF MY BOOKSHELF


December 2012 Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” Selection.


“An absolute pleasure to read. . . . The pages fly by with the same energy and grace of Verne’s original work. It is Classics Illustrated at its very best, relevant today and still respectful of the source material. A grand adaptation.” — THE SCOOP


“The latest volume of the Classic Illustrated Deluxe series is seasonally appropriate—and lovely . . . the story is beautifully illustrated, contrasting the bleakness of Scrooge’s life with the luminescence of the yuletide.” — THE ONION A.V. CLUB


“This graphic novel was really great! I had not heard of Mugby Junction before, and was intrigued by what happened in the story. . . . Now that I read “A Remembrance of Mugby” in graphic novel form, I want to read the full version!” — THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS


“This graphic-novel adaptation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday redemption is quite nicely done, featuring colorful and striking illustrations. The true genius, however, is pairing A Christmas Carol with Dickens’ much-lesser-known holiday story, A Remembrance of Mugby. . . . Both illustrated stories would be great to share with fans of holiday-themed titles, as well as students whose curriculum includes Dickens’ classics.” — BOOKLIST


“Each panel of these graphic tales looks like they were destined for a museum. . . . If the other editions of Classics Illustrated are as good as ‘Scrooge,’ these will be cherished by families and collectors for years to come.” — KID LIT REVIEWS


“Meyrand fills each page with the light of discovery. While we may know how the story will end, her touch with a pencil and brush brings a rush of discovery to the inevitable, making our find of such a hidden classic an even greater holiday joy. As publisher of the modern Classics Illustrated, Papercutz has given readers the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season.” — NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS


“Rodolphe and Estelle Meyrand (whose impressionistic art reminds me of Raymond Briggs) have done an outstanding job. Meyrand even manages to come up with a visual interpretation of Scrooge that I’ve never seen before. . . . This is a volume everyone should read this holiday season.” — ICv2


“This comic adaptation of The Three Musketeers is one of the nicer ones I’ve come across. Morvan and Dufranne do a good job of getting all the important bits in there, shortening only a few things, but never skimping on the action or excitement. . . . Cartoonish but detailed, action packed and cinematic.” — COMIC ATTACK


“Compared with other graphic novel adaptations, this version is more fully developed; it provides readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the story a clearer integration of the many narrative threads.” — LIBRARY JOURNAL


“Each illustration contains that Wilson style we have come to love: humorous, macabre, quirky, detailed and a truly unique style that more than appropriately shares space with Poe’s work.” — HORROR NEWS 


“Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don’t love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does.” — NEWSWEEK


“Congress should create an amendment that demands every single school in America place Classics Illustrated in their curriculum.” — DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP


“For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz’s decision to resurrect the series, starting with a wonderful version of The Wind in the Willows, will be welcome news.” — OMNIVORACIOUS


“If Great Expectations gives any indication, Classics Illustrated could be enthusiastically received by librarians and teachers alike.  And I am wowed by the potential!” — COMIC BOOK BIN 


“A massive triumph. If the series goes on to be half this good consistently, it will be absolutely wonderful.” — COMIC MIX


“Dense but not crowded . . . this is a substantial adaptation.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


“This pleasant graphic interpretation can serve as an introduction to Dickens for younger readers and perhaps eventually steer them to the wider world of the source material and beyond.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


“Readers unfamiliar with the tale will be treated to energetic, colorful depictions of friendly Ratty, kind-hearted Mole, wild Mr. Toad, and others as they learn the importance of friendship in an ever-changing world.” — BOOKLIST


“The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended.” — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION


“Capture[s] the details and nuances of these stories in a colorful, clever fashion. Young people who reviewed the book were delighted by the format and all expressed an eagerness to read [it].” — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION


“The treatment these tales get in this Classics Illustrated edition will draw young readers into their bewitching exploits.” — WONDERTIME