Today: May 26, 2024

Children’s Classic Comes To The Big Screen

Meg Murry, bespectacled, gangly and an outcast at school, desperately misses her father, a quantum physicist who has mysteriously disappeared. But when she and her precocious little brother, Charles Wallace, meet ancient shape-shifters Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, they and their friend Calvin O’Keefe are swept away on an adventure across time and space on a rescue mission.

So begins A Wrinkle In Time – a deliciously fast-paced blend of fantasy, suspense thriller, and science fiction, that brims with rich wordplay, clever, diverse, characters, and a plot that affirms the power of individuality and embracing our differences.

Illustration by Sam Richwood from The Folio Society edition of A Wrinkle in Time. Illustration © Sam Richwood 2018.

The first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, Wrinkle is now an avowed classic but it was only published in 1962, after years of rejection letters. Something which, in her introduction to the Folio Society’s edition of the novel, Meg Rosoff, touches on. Rossoff notes that originally, L’Engle’s tale was thought to be “too odd, too unruly, too difficult to pigeonhole, too full of ideas, too scratchy, too ahead of its time. Too different. In short, too good.” It’s an accusation that has dogged the best children’s authors, from Roald Dahl to J.K. Rowling.

L’Engle well knew, that Wrinkle was a story that people of all ages would love. “You have to write the book that wants to be written” she is quoted as saying. “And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

Illustration by Sam Richwood from The Folio Society edition of A Wrinkle in Time. Illustration © Sam Richwood 2018.

This March, Disney’s hotly anticipated film adaptation brings L’Engle’s tale to the big screen. (They also adapted it in 2003 for a TV special.) However, for book fans, the Folio Society’s new edition offers the chance to read the story for yourself before the imagery of the film overwhelms the words – and worlds – on the page.

A series of six colourful paintings by Sam Richwood bring the tale to life with a bold colour palate and nostalgic imagery that conjures up memories of children’s books from the golden age of book publishing.

Illustration by Sam Richwood from The Folio Society edition of A Wrinkle in Time. Illustration © Sam Richwood 2018.

The edition is bound in cloth, blocked with a design, again, by Sam Richwood.

With Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time is set for a 23rd March 2018 UK release.

The Folio Society edition of A Wrinkle In Time, written by Madeleine L’Engle, introduced by Meg Rosoff and illustrated by Sam Richwood is exclusively available from www.foliosociety.com.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

Previous Story

WIN! All I See Is You on DVD

Next Story

Dinosaurs, Harryhausen, And Me

Latest from Blog

Memory

Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

The Beach Boys

2024 sees the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ chart-topping compilation album Endless Summer that threw the fading band back into the limelight. Whilst this double LP release was a big financial

The Valiant Ones

The Valiant Ones was King Hu’s last, great masterpiece. Indeed it’s arguably his last true wuxia film — but what a magnificent beast it is. Directed by the celebrated master of the

Enter the Clones of Bruce Unboxing

There have been so many books, documentaries, and even biopics of the immeasurably pioneering martial arts icon Bruce Lee. His life and work have been studied intensely, and his influence remains felt

BackBeat Unboxing

This month saw underrated Beatle-biopic BackBeat make its Blu-ray debut from Fabulous Films, surely delighting the band’s collectors and completists. Telling the story of the Beatles’ first bassist – the so-called ‘lost

D-Day 80th Anniversary

In just a couple of weeks, the world will observe the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the unprecedented allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944. It’s impossible to imagine
Go toTop

Don't Miss

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Perfectly Dark Delights From Folio  Shirley Jackson’s claustrophobic mystery thriller,

Folio Celebrates Trainspotting With Stunning New Edition

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since