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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels: Set Your Compass for a Journey of Interactive Surprises!
     

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels: Set Your Compass for a Journey of Interactive Surprises!

by Harriet Castor (Retold by), Fernando Juarez (Illustrator)
 
After a shipwreck strands him far from home, ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver embarks on a series of remarkable adventures. From the tiny but fierce Lilliputians to the horselike Houyhnhnms and unruly Yahoos, the incredible things Gulliver encounters will spark children's imaginations.

Special features include:
o Gulliver's “Travel Guide” to the

Overview

After a shipwreck strands him far from home, ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver embarks on a series of remarkable adventures. From the tiny but fierce Lilliputians to the horselike Houyhnhnms and unruly Yahoos, the incredible things Gulliver encounters will spark children's imaginations.

Special features include:
o Gulliver's “Travel Guide” to the kingdoms he visits
o Mini booklet about the people and customs of Lilliput
o Flap for a pop-up traveling box
o Pull-tab flying island that moves
o Slider showing ghosts appearing
o A spectacular pop-up ship

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lively interpretation of Swift's novel contains digital illustrations that look like stills from a CGI film. Readers can take part in lanky Gulliver's outlandish adventures by reading minibooklets, including "Advice for Travellers," and "The People and Customs of Lilliput" (the latter is appropriately tiny), and manipulating flaps and tabs. Castor and Juarez achieve a graceful balance between substantial text and buoyant images, while honoring the noble lunacy of Swift's original. Ages 8–up. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
Stylish caricatures do more than the odd pop-up or tipped-in booklet to enhance this expertly retold version of the hapless traveler's misadventures. Preserving the original's major incidents and satiric agenda, as well as the general flavor of Swift's language, Castor's retelling frames Gulliver's account of visits to Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, Glubbdubdrib and the land of the equine Houyhnhnm as one long outing rather than separate voyages. Alas, Juarez doesn't depict Gulliver's piddle-save of Lilliput's burning palace (the narrator describes it well enough, though). Otherwise, his spread-filling, meticulously detailed cartoons depict all of the supposedly exotic peoples Gulliver meets--except for the equine Houyhnhnm--as recognizably human types endowed with comically exaggerated expressions and, often, wildly baroque versions of 18th-century dress (or in the case of the Yahoos, discreet undress). Except for a truly Brobdingnagian pop-up hand reaching down for the startled narrator, the special features are a scant and unremarkable assortment of sliders, flaps and glued-in minibooks. Readers who might find the original classic too long or savage will get satisfying doses of both Gulliver's experiences and Swift's dim view of human nature. (Pop-up abridged classic. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847325563
Publisher:
Carlton Books
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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