Lois Lowry's dystopian classic The Giver hasn't been adapted as a graphic novel, but cartoonist Lucy Knisley gives us the next best thing. She has been illustrating brief moments from the book, rendering the colorless sameness of its false utopia.

Knisley — author of the travelogue French Milk and the webcomic essay series Stop Paying Attention — is part of the Picture Book Report project, where 15 artists are each creating art based on a different book. Knisley has chosen The Giver, which she is illustrating in her particular comic style:

I read this book for the first time in sixth grade, and got so engrossed in the story that upon finishing the book, I wrote my own sequel. I'm fascinated by the strange dystopian world that Jonas inhabits, and the rules of "Sameness," which have eradicated all emotion and color. Lois Lowry writes this colorless world through the eyes of someone who is just learning what colors (and sailboats and snow) mean, and that discovery of visual cues makes for a story that I can completely "see," and therefore want to draw.

Each month, Knisley adds a new illustration or two, and she's making me wish that someone wold hire her to draw the entire thing. In the meantime, you can also check out Picture Book Report for illustrations inspired by A Wrinkle in Time, Tarzan and the Apes, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hobbit, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and more books.

Lucy Knisley's "The Giver" [Picture Book Report via Metafilter]

From Chapter 2


From the book's first pages

From Chapter 3

From Chapter 3