I am not a big fan of graphic novels, mainly because I just never got into the whole anime craze that seemed to have started the trend. This book in particular seems to be called a "graphic novel" just for marketing reasons, at least in my opinion; I think the term "illustrated novel" would be more accurate in this case.
I chanced across this book while perusing the YA section of my library; I had seen and liked the movie, and had never read the story, so I picked it up on a whim.
The story itself is actually quite charming: Benjamin Button is born an old man, and grows younger as he simultaneously ages. Benjamin is forced to live life backward: as a baby, he discusses the weather with old men; as an old man, he goes to kindergarten and is cared for by a nanny. Fitzgerald's sparse prose is complemented by the lovely antique illustrations in this edition. Rendered in sepia tones, the pictures and words combine to take you back in time as we see how Benjamin copes with the mystery of his existence.
This is one of those books you will want to curl up in bed with, on a rainy night, with a steamy cup of hot tea beside you. It's a quick read - I finished it in about 20 minutes - but take your time with it. You'll be left thinking about the story long after it's over.
On a side note: The letter below was written to Fitzgerald by an anonymous sender; he found it so amusing that he published in the preface to one of his books: