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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia: 03/07/10
Gris Grimly's illustrated four story volume Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia made it to the short list of the 2009 Cybils. I love Poe's stories and Grimly's illustrations do help bring them to life but we quickly disqualified the book because it's not a graphic novel. It's four illustrated and abridged stories.
The book contains four shortened versions of "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether", "The Oblong Box", and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" all illustrated and lettered as if they were graphic novel chapters. For younger teens who perhaps haven't read Poe yet, Gris Grimly's book would be a good introduction to the author. For graphic novel enthusiasts though it falls short.