The Giver / based on the novel by Lois Lowry ; adapted by P. Craig Russell ; illustrated by P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton ; colorist: Lovern Kindzierski ; letterer: Rick Parker.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Jonas' life assignment is as the Receiver of Memory, where he will apprentice the Giver and become a storehouse of all the things humanity left behind when it entered utopia: color, emotion, and even more complicated secrets."--Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Includes A Conversation with the creators of The Giver graphic novel at the end of the book.
      "Text copyright ©1993 by Lois Lowry. Illustrations copyright ©2019 by P. Craig Russell"--Title page verso.
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      RUSSELL, P. C. et al. The Giver. [s. l.]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. ISBN 9780544157880. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Russell PC, Showman G, Hampton S, Kindzierski L, Parker R, Lowry L. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2019. Accessed September 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Russell, P. C., Showman, G., Hampton, S., Kindzierski, L., Parker, R., & Lowry, L. (2019). The Giver. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Russell, P. Craig, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton, Lovern Kindzierski, Rick Parker, and Lois Lowry. 2019. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Harvard:
      Russell, P. C. et al. (2019) The Giver. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Available at: (Accessed: 28 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Russell, PC, Showman, G, Hampton, S, Kindzierski, L, Parker, R & Lowry, L 2019, The Giver, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 28 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Russell, P.Craig, et al. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Russell, P. Craig, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton, Lovern Kindzierski, Rick Parker, and Lois Lowry. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Russell PC, Showman G, Hampton S, Kindzierski L, Parker R, Lowry L. The Giver [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 28]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2

Color is a potent and central symbol in Lowry's modern classic. Its absence defines the sameness of Jonas' future world, in which everyone's life is neatly prescribed for them, right down to career and family. When Jonas is appointed the receiver of all humanity's memories, the appearance of color signifies his sense of discovery and, ultimately, his escape. Russell masterfully preserves the flow of story within this world of sameness through clean lines and compositional variation. But he, too, centralizes color. A limited palette of cool blues and somber grays strikes the emotionally sterile tone of Jonas' community, while humanity's memories come to the receiver in various hues: the gentle pink of a flower, the saturating red-orange of war. The relief and sometimes shock of these colors allow the power of the memories to reach readers in a way beyond mere sight, and thus the wonder of Lowry's story is made palpable in a startling new way. Includes illuminating interviews with Lowry and Russell on the adaptation process. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall

Illustrated by P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton. This graphic version of the classic novel sticks closely to the source material, imagining Lowry's dystopian world in shades of gray and pale blue and adding color judiciously as Jonas's vision and understanding develop. Most spreads have plenty of text and small panels, making occasional quiet or large-paneled moments stand out as dramatic. Appended interviews add insights into the original and the adaptation. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 February #1

This graphic novel adaptation of Lowry's Newbery Medal–winning book hews close to the original text, retaining nearly all dialogue and narration in some form while substituting visual depiction for textual description. When Jonas turns 12, his perception of his seemingly utopian community begins to change. His selection as the next Receiver of Memory puts him in a position to see everything that is missing from the world he knows, as well as the hard truths that underlie his heretofore comfortable life. Russell (who also adapted The Graveyard Book) uses a simple, realistic cartoon style in a palette of blue pencil and ink wash that conveys the colorlessness of the world. The blue tone also mirrors the cool, passionless logic that drives the group's decisions, and the vast swathes of white space on the page hint at the essential emptiness of the community members' lives. Color is introduced slowly as Jonas begins to see it himself, helping the reader to identify with the startling changes that Jonas undergoes and creating a striking visual record of the heinous memories the boy receives—a mushroom cloud in a bright red panel, a battlefield and dying soldier in orange. An accessible version of the story for readers who have not yet encountered it. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.