Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo

little women graphicConfession: I’m really not fond of Alcott’s Little Women. But Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is a contemporary retelling, in graphic novel format, and it removed a lot of the reasons I couldn’t make it past the halfway mark of the original story.

Sometimes the girls’ letters to their dad felt clunky, more like an info dump than realistic letters from his children. (This didn’t bother my 10-year-old at all, though. She said she enjoyed the letters.) The Women’s March illustration at the end included some trans-exclusive imagery, which was especially disappointing considering how diverse and inclusive the book otherwise was.

But overall, I enjoyed this retelling. The characters are facing situations and issues that kids today can relate to, and the graphic novel format is fun to read. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy sticks with the overall spirit of the original, but gives it a much-needed update.