Reviews for Classics Illustrated Deluxe 7 : Around the World in 80 Days
Booklist Reviews 2012 February #2
It's like 24 for the late 1800s set: there's action, adventure, exotic locales, a robbery, a maiden who needs rescuing, elephants, and, most important, a deadline. Verne's classic story is the latest in the Classics Illustrated series and does well in this graphic novelization. It is a well-drawn and tidy summary of the original story, and the brisk pacing and dialogue keep the plot moving with an appropriate sense of urgency. What is most impressive is the attention paid to details in Soleilhac's full-color artwork. Every panel's background is completely different but fully realized in order to indicate a new setting, whether it be a new city, new form of transportation, or both. This title will appeal to fans of classic adventure stories and will be especially helpful to less confident readers who are having trouble studying the original work. It also pairs well with Matt Phelan's Around the World (2011), about three real-life globetrotters inspired by Verne's story. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 March/April
This 70th Anniversary Classics Illustrated adaptation is sure to capture readers' attention. Dauvillier and Soleilhac render a faithful version of Phineas Fogg's daring wager and adventurous journey. The author's style maintains great suspense about whether Fogg is, indeed, the bank thief and about the mysterious abilities of his assistant, Mr. Passepartout. The layout is traditional panel-style, and illustrations are saturated with rich colors. Perspectives used in action sequences make readers feel part of the story. At the end of the book readers are encouraged to read the original work, and many will want to do so. An afterword about Jules Verne and the themes and ideas explored in the book will further readers' understanding. A brief biography of Verne is also included. This reviewer will be sure to order additional titles from this series. Michelle Glatt, Librarian, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois [Editor's Note: Also available in paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.