It can be hard to get kids to sit down and read classic novels. The wording can be a bit dense, and the descriptions aren’t the most exciting. And often times they don’t even realize that movies they’ve seen and liked were adaptations of classic works.
Luckily, for those of us with little comic book readers on our hands, there are graphic novel adaptations of some our favorite classic novels available. And they’re for kids, too. Maybe we can hook them with these 5 graphic novel versions of classic science fiction and horror tales, and introduce them to the full versions of the stories they like the best? (btw, click on the covers to visit their Goodreads pages)
5 Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Tales for Kids
Journey to the Center of the Earth is obviously a super simple version of the story (I kind of feel it’s missing a bit too much, actually..) But..it is definitely kid-approved. My little monkey caught site of what I was reading, and suddenly we were delving into it together.
She told me: “The only thing that would make it better is if it was longer and they went on another adventure!”
The War of the Worlds is 48 pages long and is a bit more vivid and ‘busy’ than Journey to the Center of the Earth is. It’s been around for a while (how am I just now discovering these?). Its interest level is perfect for 9-12-year-olds.
I loved the illustrations in this version of The Invisible Man. Definitely my favorite out of the ones on the list. It got the basic story across well, and I could see how it might actually nicely creep kids out a little bit.
Okay, so the graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time is considerably longer than the other ones that I’ve mentioned so far. However, I think it’d be totally worth it. The kiddos might not be able to read this one all in one sitting, but you could easily make it a bedtime deal with them.
This graphic novel version of Dracula is novella length and has received lots of positive reviews -including many from teachers for its faithful adaptation of the source work. It’s also got some of the most original illustrations out of this batch.