Reviews for The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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This slender graphic adaptation of the Great American Novel preserves some of Twain's language, most of his plot and a good sense of his sardonic take on human society. Mixing dialogue balloons with enough boxed narrative to evoke Huck's distinctive voice, Mann packs in all of the major incidents and tones down at least some of the violencethe two con men are only "punished" here rather than specifically tarred and feathered, for instance. Similarly, though Huck gets viciously slapped around by his father in the pictures, in general there isn't much other blood visible. The illustrator's faces tend toward sameness, but Kumar populates his color art with strong, stocky figures, depicts action effectively and, by using irregular frames and insets, sets up an engrossing helter-skelter pacing. A good choice for readers who aren't quite up to tackling the original, with perfunctory but well-meant notes on Twain's life and the history of slavery in the United States. Co-published with its prequel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted by Matt Josdal, illustrated by Brian Shearer (ISBN: 978-93-80028-34-7). (Graphic classic. 12-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Horn Book
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These abridged editions retain some of the flavor of the original books while removing archaic or now offensive words and losing many of the details and vibrancy that make these works classics. With the glorified plot summaries as their introductions to literature, young readers may not want to read the originals. The black-and-white illustrations are also bland. [Review covers these Calico Chapter Books: Calico Illustrated Classics titles: Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Daniel Defoe's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, Howard Pyle's King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.] Copyright 2010 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Fiction: O Seventeen full-color plates illustrate the classic exploits of Huck Finn and Jim, the runaway slave, as they raft down the Mississippi River. Kellogg's familiar illustrative style seems young for the intended audience. Horn Rating: Recommended, satisfactory in style, content, and/or illustration. Reviewed by: aed (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Fiction: Y Horn Rating: Unacceptable in style, content, and/or illustration. Reviewed by: as (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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