Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly by Scott Nash

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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.

My thoughts:

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…



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4 Favorite Children’s Books #4

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Here are more of our favorite children’s books coming your way!  Are any of these your favorites, too?

“Could Be Worse!” by James Stevenson

Grandpa is a creature of habit and his grandkids think he’s a bit boring.  When Grandpa overhears their talk, he decides to tell them one whopper of a story about the adventures he had during the night when a giant bird abducted him from his bed.  My husband read this book as a child and introduced it to our children.  It’s become a family favorite!

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Frances is such a picky eater that she refuses to eat anything other than bread and jam at every meal.  In a stroke of genius, her mother decides to offer Frances nothing but bread and jam.  Soon Frances tires of having absolutely no choice about what foods she will eat, and she asks her mother if she can have some of what everyone else is eating.  From then on, Frances’ food horizons expand and she is no longer a picky eater.

Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans

Mischievous Madeline falls into the river and is rescued by a dog who follows her back to the boarding school.  The girls adopt the dog as their own, but when the trustees arrive for the annual inspection, they say she must go.  Heartbroken, the girls search for their beloved dog, Genevieve, and one night she returns to them.  Surprise, surprise–she is about to give birth to a litter of puppies!  Now all of the girls have a puppy of their own to care for.  We love the Madeline books!  The prose and illustrations are classic.  It is the 1954 Caldecott Medal Winner, too.

White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker

A curious white bunny learns about colors when he discovers some tubs of paint and takes a dip in them.  She also discovers which colors are made when you mix the primary colors.  The text and illustrations are simple, yet charming.  I read this book to my kids quite a bit when they were little.

4 Favorite Children’s Books #3

4 Fav. Kids Books #3

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Four more fun children’s books that we really enjoyed!

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

This is a really cute story about a boy who brings home a penguin from the zoo as his new pet.  His father is oblivious to the arrangement until the very end of the book.  The illustrations are unique and remind me of the 1970’s for some reason.  It’s a Caldecott Honor book, too.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Stellaluna is separated from her mother when she is just a baby bat.  A mother bird raises Stellaluna alongside her own babies, but she struggles to fit in.  One night Stellaluna encounters other bats and discovers the wonderful things that she’s capable of.

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden

This is a really interesting book which chronicles the journey of planning and building the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.  Kids will enjoy reading it because it’s chock full of informative tidbits and wonderful photos.  It’s astounding how long it took for this museum to come into being!

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Here’s another charming and simple book from Janet and Allan!  The text is very simple rhyme and the pictures are an I Spy game featuring well-known nursery rhyme characters.  I’ve always loved the illustrations in the books by the Ahlbergs–they are so quaint and adorable!