Howls Moving Castle Picture Book Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings

" I read this for several reasons:1. I wanted to see the manga treatment of this book since I'm using it in my first book club for young readers. I though I'd put this out as well so they can see different treatments of material.2. I thought this would be a good intro to manga for me since I already know the story.Which kind of works, except this story differs from the original, and, as a 7-year-old patron said, "I don't like movies of books because I'd rather see the pictures in my head."Amen. " said.

"Ooh, these graphic novels... they're just divine. Gorgeous. Detailed and intricate and such a wonderful thing to have as part of a collection. I believe the third is my favourite, as it has the "moving" scene which is quite possibly my favourite from the movie. And it had differences from the film, too, different lines (not a hint of the burnt bacon from Cal! I was shocked beyond belief- well, not quite but shocked, especially since it's my favourite line from him), and being able to see the different frames and take in just how incredible the detail is... it's such a momentous experience." said.

"*WARNING: Possibly No Spoilers*

I Love the Movie Howls moving Castle, and haven't read the books due to the unfortunate even that i didn't realise i owned the book until I'd sold it *Slaps wrist*. Bad Me. I loved how bright the pictures were and how there was less writing than normal comics. Usually i would love more writing, but with this book it just seemed right.
A Very quick read (My reading time was 10 minutes at my relatives house.) And i definitely recommend it it you loved the movie like i did.
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"Set of four books that are basically stills from the movie plucked out and put into book form to tell the story. I really like the movie, so I like these books. Only slight annoyance is that though the dialog has been translated from Japanese, the sound effects aren't. There is is guide to sound effects at the back of the book, but it would interrupt the flow of reading too much, so I didn't use it. Nice to have the story in book form if you want to relive it and aren't in a position to watch a video." said.

"I like many others picked up this book after seeing the Hayao Miyazaki animated interpretation. I am a huge Hayao fan and became extremely interested in the story line. I must say, the plot of the novel is almost completely different than the film but in the end I closed the book smiling. The characters weren't as romanticized as in the film but it added depth to their character and charm. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. This is going on that short list of books I will likely read and re-read until the binding falls apart. " said.


I thought this was a great story with unique perspectives which I love about young adult literature. The technique telling it is why I gave it a low rating. Taking into consideration I believe this book was written for a younger audience than an adult, it was somewhat predictable, some parts were confusing to figure out what was going on and lacked good description. Characters were fairly hashed out but nothing spectacular. And character development was jolting at times with character changes too quick or out of the blue. I gave it a two, but it almost deserves a three star. I enjoyed it as a first read but probably won't come back to it.
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"Sophie is the eldest and believe that, because of this, she will amount to nothing. When she is confronted by the Witch of the Waste, she is cursed. She must look for a destiny on her own and discover more about herself she never believed could be true.

I originally saw the movie version of this and it was so enjoyable to read it and see the differences between the two. I loved all of the characters and the book was beautifully written. I love what it teaches about believing in yourself and how much impact that can have on your life.

No bad content in this book. (it does contain magic if that bothers you but it's super appropriate.)
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"As much as I loved diving back into the story of Howl's Moving Castle (the art, the characters, the magic!), I found this adaptation a bit difficult to read. THe editors included the whole story and all of the details, but the way that the page layout was constructed is a bit messy. The image-stills from the film were well chosen, but their placement on the page was often jumbled and didn't match up with the textual accompaniment. Further complicating the issue was the inclusion of speech bubbles; sometimes they repeated f[hrases from the text, but other times they were additional speech so it was never quite clear if the reader must read them or whether the text or bubbled should be read first. I would really like to see a little bit more thought being put into these books, since I'm sure that they would be treasured if done well. " said.

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