05 September 2011

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Hosseini, Celoni and Andolfo

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini
Illustrated by Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo
Release: September 5, 2011 (UK)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 out of 5
Buy the Book: Amazon USAmazon UK
It is 1970s Afghanistan, just prior to the Russian invasion. Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. the two make a partnership that appears to defy Hassan's position as a servant and Shi'a Muslim. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives... - Goodreads Page
I haven’t read The Kite Runner novel, so I don’t know how this graphic novel fares in comparison. I do have the novel on my bookshelf waiting to be read, and I can honestly say that after reading this fantastic graphic novel that I will be picking up the book by Khaled Hosseini.

I’ll start by saying that there wasn’t anything that I disliked about this graphic novel. I thought that the drawings were stunning, and they really pulled me into the story and made the characters come to life. I focused on each and every panel, and paid such attention to the little details that were in the story.

I was blown away by the powerful story, and I was left shocked at some parts. The story is truly heartbreaking, and yet full of hope. The graphic novel gives a good idea of how life in Afghanistan had changed over twenty years – something we don’t learn about at school here in the UK. After reading this, I am interested in finding out more about the Palestinian people and the problems that were/are happening in Afghanistan. I definitely think that a book like this would be a great read for a teenager who wanted to discover more about the subject.

The Kite Runner has also been made into a movie, so I’ll definitely be checking that out after reading the novel. I want to thank Bloomsbury for sending me this wonderful book, as it’s really opened my eyes and encouraged me to want to learn more about the issues at hand. 


  1. This sounds incredible, great review!

  2. I've never read The Kite Runner either... I didn't even know what it was about until now! But now that there's a graphic novel of it, I might just pick it up :) Great review!

  3. Oh, wow! I had no idea that The Kite Runner had been made into a graphic novel! Glad to hear it does a good job of telling the story. Thanks for the review! :)
    - Lauren

  4. I got a review copy too and actually gave it to my friends teenage son to read, he absolutely loved it and wants to check out the book and other traffic novels. So I think your review was absolutely spot on.


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