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Gift of the Magi HC

December 5, 2009

The Gift of the Magi (HarperCollins/It Books)
By O. Henry & Joel Priddy

The O. Henry classic is adapted into a graphic novel by Joel Priddy. The story, which has been adapted or lampooned more than any Christmas tale outside of A Christmas Carol itself, features a young woman with long, luxurious hair, who decides to sell it to buy a Christmas gift for her husband. Pretty much everyone knows the twist at the end of this story (it’s been done in every TV show this side of Sesame Street), but this is a wonderfully faithful retelling. Priddy uses the text of the short story almost verbatim, basically just illustrating O. Henry‘s words. His artwork, while slightly cartoonish, is a perfect fit for the story. The only possible knock against this book is that so much of it is made up of full-page panels (any of them with very few or no words at all) that it’s a very fast read. It’s a short story, after all, and there isn’t much he could have done that wouldn’t have amounted to needless padding. If you’ve got a yen for some really original Christmas graphic novels this year, this is a good one.
Rating: 8/10

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