School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up
A large sea monster, believed to resemble a narwhal, is roaming the seas and has destroyed over 200 ships that dared to cross its path. French Professor Pierre Aronnax, a distinguished marine biologist, has set his sights on killing this "gigantic cetacean." He and his faithful assistant, Conseil, accept an invitation to join an expedition aboard the Abraham Lincoln, an American frigate. The monster is finally sited and a battle ensues, resulting in Aronnax, Conseil, and a harpooner being tossed overboard and rescued by Nemo, captain of the Nautilus, a large submarine, which had been mistakenly thought to be a sea monster. For ten months, the three men sail with Nemo, a "terrible avenger, a perfect archangel of hatred." They are enthralled with the captivating scenery, discover new sea creatures and lost cities, and become trapped in a iceberg. Jules Verne's classic offers a perfect blend of suspense, adventure, and excitement that will entice even the most reluctant readers. This audiobook also contains a companion ebook-a 272-page printable PDF file complete with a full table of contents and index-and an interesting mini biography of Verne. Michael Prichard provides a stalwart narration; his rich, deep voice offers subtle changes for each character. An essential science fiction classic and a great choice for libraries in need of updating their collections.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH
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"Prichard provides a stalwart narration; his rich, deep voice offers subtle changes for each character." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Lisa Czirr
Oceanic wonders and horrors come alive in this graphic novel interpretation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. When sightings of an unknown sea creature are reported, scientist Pierre Aronnax theorizes that it is a narwhal and sets off to investigate. Everything takes a strange turn when the “creature” reveals itself to be a submarine called the Nautilus, led by the eccentric Captain Nemo. Nemo invites Aronnax and his men to stay, and they soon learn that the Nautilus’ crew has broken all ties with the outside world. Several aquatic adventures follow, including a mysterious death, an underwater sea walk, and a battle against a pack of giant squids. The characterization throughout is well done, building to a dramatic moment where Nemo reveals the full truth about why he has forsaken humanity. There is a lot of exciting action and the underwater scenery is especially well illustrated. Although the plot seems rushed at times, this book is an overall faithful retelling that will draw in both reluctant readers and adventure fans alike. It may even inspire readers to pick up the full version. There are also Common Core aligned reading and writing questions at the end, which would be useful for adapting this book to the classroom. Reviewer: Lisa Czirr; Ages 9 to 14.