- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Age Range: 7 - 9 years
- Publisher: Sterling Juvenile; Abridged edition edition (12 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402725337
- ISBN-13: 978-1402725333
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Retold from the Jules Verne Original (Classic Starts) Hardcover – Abridged, 12 Oct 2006
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Remembering even a little of this atrocity now makes me cringe, and I only finished it out of a kind of morbid curiosity. That, and the fact that it really will put you to sleep at night!
And, please, don't get me wrong - I'm all for abridging texts for younger readers. I was introduced to Moby Dick and many other classics in this way and the good ones made me thirst to read the "real" versions when I was older. This version, however, is so horrible that it may put your kid off of the English language all together. So, next time you want to read 20,000 leagues, do yourself a favor and let the "Classic Start" RIP and read the original. And if you don't think your kid can handle the battles and the political commentary and the themes of loss and and revenge, then just go to the grocery store and browse the seafood isle. It'll be more entertaining.
The first thing I noticed was the last half of the pages in the book look like the machine mis-fed and mis-cut the pages. I can flip through 7 of the pages that are not all stuck together. As for reading this ... this... item of confounding junk, I'll donate it to the local kids library and go purchase an actual hardcover of the novel that I can tangibly verify in person. I am sickened in places where pills cannot reach that some publisher out there thought it was a great idea to take a classic and turned it into some watered down equivalent of a Readers Digest Condensed Book.
Do yourself a favor, don't waste the time or the money on this. Read the item description carefully and make sure you get the original version. I wish I could attach pictures of how it arrived.