Reviews for Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Book Report Reviews 2000 November-December
This book is an innovative way to introduce the classics to reluctant readers. I had never read Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, but I quickly read through this book because of its appealing layout. Illustrations included in the book are especially dark and brooding to match the mood of the story. A sprinkling of facts and other tidbits of information about Stevenson's time period, the setting of the novel, and the psychological fascination that prevailed during the 1800s separates this version of the story from other versions. The text is engaging, and the illustrations and photographs make this book a must for every school and public library. Recommended. Mercedes Smith, Media Specialist, Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, Florida © 2000 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 May 2000
Gr. 5^-8. The Whole Story series, which features unabridged texts, annotations, and many colorful pictures, appeals to young people who are urged to read the classics, but reject the small print and dull look of many editions intended for older readers. This edition of Stevenson's classic tale gives the flavor of late Victorian England through its lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations and plentiful reproductions of period photos, sketches, engravings, and paintings. Marginal notes comment on Stevenson and on aspects of the story and of Victorian culture that might be obscure to modern readers. Given the colorful look of the book and the perennial appeal of the story, this version will be a useful addition to many libraries. ((Reviewed May 1, 2000))Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall
Dr. Jekyll, a respectable doctor by day, morphs into Mr. Hyde, a depraved criminal, by night, in this Victorian classic. In addition to its watercolor drawings, this edition of the thriller provides information on Stevenson and the times in which he lived. While the background, including period photographs and engravings, provides context for the story, its placement on pages throughout the story is distracting. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews