Reviews for Dracula


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997
[cf2]Black Beauty[cf1] and [cf2]Dracula[cf1] are abridgments; [cf2]Hunchback[cf1] is an adaptation. All three books are copiously illustrated in color. The margins include supplemental material such as maps, photographs of historical artifacts, and technical information on architecture, horse training, and world cultures. Many of these details do enhance the texts, but they also impede the flow of the stories somewhat. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 September
These visually appealing abridgments of classic titles make fairly difficult and complex novels accessible to a junior high audience. Virtually all kids are aware of Disney's not-so-ugly Quasimodo as the hunchbacked bell ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral in 15th-century hang-'em-high Paris, and many will have seen some film version of Dracula. Massively trimmed, these retellings have brief, readable chapters; the violence is toned down and the eroticism erased. Competent illustrators bring visual unity to the presentations. Beginning with table-of-contents pages that feature portraits of the casts of characters, the books then devote a few pages to setting the place and mood of the tales. Two-page spreads of text and drawings are framed by related facts and illustrated with details from paintings, photographs, and even movie stills, all of which provide fascinating geographical, historical, and archaeological tidbits. These heavily illustrated books are guaranteed to give young people a leg up on high school and college English classes with their vivid re-creations of cruel, horrific, and romantic European worlds. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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