Author(s): Matt Phelan
Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan. The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words ""Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL."" In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page and draws a striking distinction between good and evil."
The visuals are deeply effective: entire sections are wordless, propelling the reader through dramatic scenes and inviting reflection during quiet, contemplative spots...Pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations break out of loose panel structuring; sharp lines and shadow heighten tension and expanses of open white space sometimes draw the eye to a specific scene. This graphic novel will find a welcome home with fairy-tale fans who have outgrown the Disney version (or, less likely, the Grimm version) but still find the tale compelling. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)"
Matt Phelan is the author-illustrator of three previous graphic novels: the Scott O Dell Award winning "The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, " and "Bluffton, " which was nominated for three Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including Best Graphic Album. He is the author-illustrator of "Druthers" and the illustrator of many books for young readers, including "Marilyn s Monster" by Michelle Knudsen and "The Higher Power of Lucky" by Susan Patron, winner of the Newbery Medal. Matt Phelan lives in Pennsylvania."