Without having read the original novel, I can’t speak to whether all the scenes from the original story were kept, or whether this book just contained the highlights. But I can say that I loved the art all the way through: the mixture of “traditional” art with the realistic vintage drawing and the use of black and white and colors to differentiate between the “real world” and the Home for Peculiar Children worked really well to create a sense of separation between the two worlds as well as keep the reader’s interest.
The plotline itself is fairly straight-forward and easy enough to follow. We have the grandfather with a mysterious past, a tragic death, and the quest to find answers, which leads the protagonist to realize the darker truths about his life, and off he goes to a second quest! The book reminded me a bit of Alice Hoffman’s [book:The Museum of Extraordinary Things|18144053], but with a good vs. evil subplot.
Fans of the novel should give this a whirl since I think the art really adds a new dimension to the story, and for people who want a quick way to see if the story is for them, this book is also a good entry point.