Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763624095
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/03/2005
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 11.38(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Martin Jenkins is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including GRANDMA ELEPHANT'S IN CHARGE, THE EMPEROR'S EGG, and CHAMELEONS ARE COOL. A lifelong fan of Jonathan Swift, Martin Jenkins lives in Cambridge, England.

Chris Riddell, author, illustrator, and political cartoonist for THE OBSERVER, has won several awards for his work, including a Smarties Silver Honor and the Kate Greenaway Medal for his acclaimed nonfiction book PIRATE DIARY. He lives in Brighton, England.

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When I awoke, it was just daylight. I was lying on my back and tried to sit up, only to find that I was stuck fast. I could not even move my head. It seemed that I was tied to the ground by hundreds of pieces of string.

Eventually, as the sun was becoming uncomfortably bright and hot, I felt a living thing move up my left leg and onto my body, closely followed by about forty more. The first creature, whatever it was, came to a halt just under my chin, and by peering downward, I found I could just make it out. To my astonishment, what did

I see but a miniature human no bigger than my hand, equipped with bow and arrow! In my amazement, I let out a loud roar, and all the creatures turned and fled back down my body, some of them falling off in their hurry to get away. They were soon back, however.

Struggling to get loose,

I finally managed to free my left arm and, by pulling violently, loosened the threads tying my hair down, so that I could turn my head a little. I tried to grab a handful of the tiny men, but they scurried off again, all yelling at once. Then one of them cried, "Tolgo phonac," and I was instantly bombarded with hundreds of minute arrows, which pricked me like so many needles and hurt terribly.

JONATHAN SWIFT'S GULLIVER abridged by Martin Jenkins. Abridgment copyright (c) 2005 by Martin Jenkins. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1All so small3
Chapter 2The emperor13
Chapter 3Freedom19
Chapter 4War!30
Chapter 5Gulliver in danger42
Chapter 6Escape plans53

What People are Saying About This

George Orwell

If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver's Travels among them.

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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kennyWA More than 1 year ago
a very nice illustrated book. really nice
Guest More than 1 year ago
When most of us hear the name 'Gulliver,' a picture probably comes to mind. A giant. A strong, brawny fellow? Leave it to consummate illustrator Chris Riddell to give us a smile provoking Gulliver with knobby knees, a bump in his nose, and shirt askew. Gulliver is still prone to many adventures, just as Jonathan Swift intended when he wrote 'Gulliver's Travels,' but he's also a tad clumsy with a tendency to wind up in comical positions. There he is in Lilliput on the first of his voyages skewered into the sand by all those little people. In this double-page full-color spread every bony finger is pinioned, his waistcoat is tacked to the ground, and one big toe pops through a hole in his sock. Next, we find tiny spear bearing soldiers marching across the length of his body. Consider Gulliver's voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubrib, and Japan. If you recall, the ship he was aboard is taken over by not one but two pirate ships. Such ferocious buccaneers you've never seen. Thankfully the Dutch pirate captain showed our hero a little sympathy, and we find him tucked into a small canoe and set afloat. Each of Riddell's illustrations is a gem, and will surely be enjoyed over and over again. He is a political cartoonist for the Observer, thus the perfect choice to bring Swift's political satire to life. Martin Jenkins has done a yeoman's job of retelling this classic. His adaptation is true to Swift's original story yet it is more easily understood by young readers. While this Gulliver will hold appeal for all ages, it is certainly a choice introduction to what is considered to be one of the finest stories ever written. Kudos to both Martin Jenkins and Chris Riddell with, of course, a deep bow to the memory of the incomparable Jonathan Swift - Gail Cooke