Reviews for Around the World in Eighty Days


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
This series condenses classic adventure novels into a comic-book format. With their large trim size and dynamic designs, the books are aimed at comics and video game fans (Robin Hood seems based on Link from The Legend of Zelda). These overly abridged, poorly edited volumes, however, capture only choppy plot outlines, not the true spirit of their classic inspirations. [Review covers these Graphic Planet: Graphic Classics titles: Robin Hood, Peter Pan, The Time Machine, White Fang, Around the World in 80 Days, and Moby Dick.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
Four classics are presented in a format that includes the unabridged texts, color illustrations, and copious supplemental information, such as maps, photographs, and historical explanations in the margins and on occasional double-page spreads. The information seems intended for classroom use but may impede the flow of the stories for many readers. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 April
Gr 6 Up-In this classic by Jules Verne, the year is 1872 in London. The mysterious Phileas Fogg has accepted a challenge from other gentlemen at the Reform Club to circle the globe in 80 days. He sets out on his journey with his loyal valet, Passepartout. Along the way, London detective Mr. Fix follows them, suspecting that Fogg is a bank robber seeking to escape London and evade the authorities. Relying on transportation available at that time-locomotives, steamboats, elephants, wind powered sledges, and trading vessels-Fogg and Passepartout overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to win the bet. This adventure story offers listeners a peek at the past-Victorian England, colonial India, mysterious Southeast Asia, and the wild American West-and remains relevant to today's readers. The recording opens with a brief biography about Jules Verne, setting the stage for the travel back in time. Michael Prichard's rich baritone voice resonates as he narrates the story. He successfully uses inflection and accents to differentiate each character. A fine addition to classic recorded book collections. Note that this Spring Listening Library is releasing an unabridged version of this classic narrated by actor Jim Dale.-Stephanie Bange, Wilmington Stroop Branch, Dayton Metro Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 May

Gr 3-5 -All three adaptations of these classic novels fall prey to the usual pitfalls involved in such a process. The bare outlines of the plots are provided, but character development, a true sense of place and time with regard to setting, and masterful description of the action all go by the wayside. Jungle Book is mistitled as it references only the Mowgli stories and moves from incident to incident so quickly that the "law of the jungle" morals in Kipling's anthropomorphic fables are lost. Treasure Island is written in a similar breakneck, choppy style, and Long John Silver, one of the most memorable characters ever created, is eminently forgettable in this telling. In 80 Days , the historic events that made such a journey even thinkable, like the opening of the Suez Canal and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, are never mentioned, nor is the International Date Line, which enabled Fogg to win his wager, mentioned, let alone explained. The cartoon illustrations in all three volumes border on offensive as no matter which country or culture is depicted, the dot-eyed faces are virtually identical except for minor variations in skin tone. Some illustrations make no sense, as when the action in 80 Days describes the servant Passepartout at the bottom of a circus pyramid, but the picture is of a Japanese tearoom.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 July
Gr 5 Up-Jules Verne's travel adventure written in the 1870s is read here by actor Jim Dale. In the story, Phileas Fogg makes a wager that leads him and his French valet, Passepartout, to attempt to go around the world in 80 days. They travel over three continents and two oceans; ride on trains, boats, a sled, and even an elephant; and encounter numerous people throughout their many adventures. Dale's reading makes Phileas Fogg come to life. Listeners will be entranced with the story and route for Phileas to win his wager. Passepartout will become a favorite character, too, and Dale's rendition of his French accent is excellent. Dale gives all the characters an individual voice. Each chapter starts with music related to the region they are in or to the mode of transportation they are on. While it might be difficult to get used to the music at first, it does add to the story. Most students will have fun listening to this tale and will get a history and geography lesson as well. Dale's superb reading makes this a really fun adventure.-Anita Lawson, Otsego High School, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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