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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552563706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552563703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"

...illustrated superbly in this graphic novel. The colours are delicious - rich yet real, bright yet not busy, with realistic shading and other changes of tone.

The whole artwork is superlative, with characters - human, magical or otherwise - simply and well defined.

That and a whole lot more suggest this book is a faithful adaptation, cherishing the original and only making it more vivid.

With the look of this tome the standout, this is the best preteen-read-to-graphic-novel book I've yet seen, making it better than the Alex Rider, Charlie Higson young Bond, and even our co-adaptor's Artemis Fowl tie-ins. It's a lengthy book, for it doesn't appear wordy yet contains a satisfying amount of bulk. It reads fine, and looks splendid, and I have no problem recommending it.

" (The Bookbag)

"The art work that is done by Lee Sullivan and Colour by Nicholas Chapuis is just wonderful. Its bright and colourful and really is easy on the eyes... Overall, a great fun read that will make you want to go out and buy the orginal books. And a huge thumbs up for a very happy four year boy who is totally in love with this graphic novel. 4/5" (Love Fantasy scif fi novels blog)

"an electrifying tale" (Lancashire Evening Post)

"...Bartimaeus' most famous adventure has been brought to stunning graphic life in this beautiful adaptation... This book is 144 pages of pure fantasy gold... It is great to see the story come to life through the wonderful illustrations and colourful layout." (Scribbler!)

"

...a faithful and well-considered take on the near 10-year-old tale...

...atmospheric visuals...

...artwork is beautiful throughout...

9/10 - A charming fantasy romp

" (Jonathan Wilkins Totalscifionline.com)

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The first volume in the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence, now adapted into a stunning graphic novel format - this is Bartimaeus as you've never seen him before!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
It's always interesting to see how a book is adapted to a graphic novel. Not just to get the artists impression but purely because so much has to be cut to streamline the story to make it fit the medium. This title (the first in the Bartimaeus series) is wonderfully creative and brings the impish magic of the djinn to the reader. It works beautifully as the cracking original story by Jonathan is complimented by the art of Lee Sullivan. Add to this a great adaptation, some seriously detailed artwork of London and the reader really has a treat in store. Perhaps a good way to interest some readers in books as it could be used as a great cross over in much the same way that the Artemis Fowl graphic novels were utilised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2011
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I'm a big of the Bartimaeus series but I was unsure of how it would translate to a graphic novel. The books are very, very wordy but nothing has been lost in the translation. The vision of London, as drawn by Lee Sullivan and Nicolas Chapuis, is exactly how I pictured it in my head while reading the novel all those years ago. Only the colors and wide panels make it look so much more theatrical. As expected, it's a condensed version of the story, but the brisk pace means that there are no distractions. I impatiently await the second novel (which was a bit of a let-down for me) to be adapted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2011
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This graphic novel adpatation of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus book is excellent. Nathaniel is the young apprentice of a magician in a modern day London where the ruling class of politicians are replaced by magicians, and the underclass is those without magic. Nathaniel is humiliated by Simon Lovelace, ruthless and powerful contemporary of his master and in order to take revenge summons the ancient djinn Bartimaeus. Great plotting, great adpatation and wonderful artwork of the story of a young magician to rival Timothy Hunter.
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By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
This was my first experience of a graphic novel, but as a huge Bartimaeus fan, I couldn't resist. I read The Amulet of Samarkand some time ago, and listened to the audio version fairly recently - I love the characters, the ideas, and most of all the wit and humour.

My first impression of the book was very positive - the art, provided by Lee Sullivan is extremely vivid and detailed. It bring the story to life, and compels you to keep reading. My main concern was whether something would have to give as the story was compacted, but I shouldn't have worried. The story is all there, and whilst I'm sure details are missing, they were nothing noticeable. Some of Bartimaeus's lines will be missing, but that general feel of his wit and cheek remains.

The joy of this format is that there's something for everyone. For the reluctant reader, I would imagine graphic novels are more inviting, and the art work in this be enough to pull most people in. The characters and stories are all there, and it may even encourage them to go on and pick up the rest of the series - although they are sadly not in graphic form yet.

For those who are already fans, such as myself, it's a welcome addition to my book shelf, and I certainly enjoyed revisiting the story in this format.
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By DT on 2 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
It's always tricky, allowing someone to visualise the written word for you.

What if the world looks nothing like the world you imagined? What if narrative, characterisation and/or plot detail is compromised for fancy artwork?

Fortunately there are no such anxieties here. The art work is exceptionally detailed. Anyone new to graphic novels will need to 'get their eye in' to see how successfully Mr Sullivan has realised Mr Stroud's world, the rest of us can just savour the the whole package. It's all here and has the feel of a grand epic sweep. Good stuff.

This graphic novel has successfully engaged a small group of reluctant boy readers aged 11/12. The quality of the paper, its feel and smell, were immediately noticed and appreciated. The thrill of decoding the text and the sumptuous graphics turned out to be more 'exciting' than they had expected. A great success all round.

Interestingly, one asked if it was a film. This version certainly lends itself as a ready made storyboard I must say.

As an older reader with varifocals I need it in large book form as I find the text is a tad small....but that's just me:-)
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