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Title: Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly by Scott Nash
The author has taken classic works of literature and condensed the essential story into short verse form. Each story is fun, playful, and rhyming. They are also complemented by cute, juvenile illustrations. The works included are: The Odyssey, Frankenstein, Moby-Dick, Jane Eyre, A Thousand and One Nights, Hamlet, Don Quixote, The Metamorphosis, and Remembrance of Things Past.
I stumbled on this book when I was doing a search of the library’s system for Jane Eyre graphic novels. It’s such a neat concept for a book that I just had to share it with you!
I love that the author decided to share the gist of these classic stories in a way that is accessible and appealing to young children. The rhyming verse and charmingly playful illustrations combine to create a book which children would love reading with their parents.
I should note that the author made a few changes to stories which needed a bit more innocence than their original story contained. For instance, Frankenstein has a different ending because, obviously, you don’t want the Dr. and his monster killing one another. Hamlet also experienced significant changes, but I think it was done in a very clever way.
I recommend Shrunken Treasures to parents who want to introduce their children to the classic stories in a way that is fun and easy, while keeping the story at a child’s level. It would also appeal to adult fans of classic literature who like to see interesting adaptations of their favorite works.
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…