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Lovely - but who is this for?
on 15 December 2009
First thing to say is that this is undeniably a beautiful product. For the Amazon price, it is arguably a bargain. The production values are very high - nice paper, lovely illustrations, good clear typeface and bound to look like an old ship's log book.
However, there are some issues. This text is the original R.L.Stevenson which, although undoubtedly a classic, is from a bygone age - it needs a slightly older child (I would say secondary school) to really get to grips with it. But this is a BIG (and heavy) book. Definitely not one that a child could easily read lying in bed or on his/her lap. Really, it needs to rest on a table or bookstand to be comfortable - and who wants to read a book that way?
Alternately, an adult could manage to hold the book on their lap and read to a child. But do teenagers want to have stories read to them? Would a really young child follow the language? I guess it depends on the adult doing the reading, and how they get the meaning across.
In conclusion, I think anyone might be proud to have this beautiful book on their bookshelf. My fear is that the shelf is where the book would mostly stay....