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The Tell-Tale Heart
The Tell-Tale Heart
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Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart

In this graphic novel adaptation, Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story is transformed into a heart-pounding, visual experience portraying one man's journey into the dizzying depths of madness.

GenreScary Stories
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile LevelGN530L
ATOS Level2.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #156453
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandEdgar Allan Poe
Page Dimensions6 5/8" x 10 1/4"
Page Count72
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $28.65 School/Library Price

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Booklist - Jesse Karp

"The horror pioneer’s tale of obsession and unrelenting guilt could easily have made for a static visual adaptation, with so much of the tension taking place in the narrator’s mind, but instead proves a standout entry in the Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Novels series. Harper uses the spare narration to greatest effect, spacing the words throughout the panels to ratchet up the suspense most effectively, drawing readers into the narrator’s disturbingly insistent assurances of his own sanity. Calero, meanwhile, shows off a virtuoso command of the format and impressive knowledge of his horror antecedents with the visuals. Panel size is perfectly judged to deliver maximum buildup and impact. Theatrical lighting and the stark setting create an uneasy mood. A vague gray mist seems to encompass all of the gorgeously realized figures, recalling Gene Colan’s innovative and evocative work on the 1970s Tomb of Dracula comics. And isn’t that Vincent Price, star of many Roger Corman cinematic Poe adaptations, starring as the doomed narrator? A thrilling homage to horror history that feels immediate and intense." - Booklist

June 1, 2013


Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education

2014 Best Children’s Books of the Year

March 1, 2014

Benjamin Harper

Benjamin Harper

Benjamin Harper has worked as an editor at Lucasfilm LTD. and DC Comics. He currently works at Warner Bros. Consumer Products in Burbank, California.   He has written many books, including Obsessed With Star Wars and Thank You, Superman!

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