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For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.


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For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.

30 review for A Journey to the Center of the Earth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathrina

    I want to make it very clear that this rating is for the "Great Illustrated Classics" series edition of this book, not the real Jules Verne classic. This series is horrifying in its failure to edit or even construct logical sentences. Dumbing down classics with truly dumb re-writings is worse than Cliff Notes. I want to make it very clear that this rating is for the "Great Illustrated Classics" series edition of this book, not the real Jules Verne classic. This series is horrifying in its failure to edit or even construct logical sentences. Dumbing down classics with truly dumb re-writings is worse than Cliff Notes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I've really enjoyed reading these illustrated classics with my 10 year old son. I'm sure they pale in comparison with the originals, and the number of typos is disappointing, but they make for great bedtime reading and are perfect for 8-10 year olds. I've really enjoyed reading these illustrated classics with my 10 year old son. I'm sure they pale in comparison with the originals, and the number of typos is disappointing, but they make for great bedtime reading and are perfect for 8-10 year olds.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Davede

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In which my review is furnished by my four-year-old, who, I must warn you, has no qualms about spoilers: What did you think about this book? Good, can you put all the stars? Why was it good? Because I liked the part of the volcano and the dinosaurs of the water. What did you think about all the parts in between the dinosaurs and the volcano? Very, very interesting. Which character was your favorite? Hans, the uncle, or Harry? All of them. What were they like? Harry was very silly because he was getting In which my review is furnished by my four-year-old, who, I must warn you, has no qualms about spoilers: What did you think about this book? Good, can you put all the stars? Why was it good? Because I liked the part of the volcano and the dinosaurs of the water. What did you think about all the parts in between the dinosaurs and the volcano? Very, very interesting. Which character was your favorite? Hans, the uncle, or Harry? All of them. What were they like? Harry was very silly because he was getting blood all over him. Hans was very brave at making the dinosaurs from the deep water not getting them. The uncle was just like Hans. Would you want to go on this journey with them? No, no, no. Why not? Because I wouldn’t want to get burned by that volcano they went in. And helping Hans get those dinosaurs to go away. What about when Harry got lost and broke his lamp so was in total darkness? Yeah, that was my scary part too. If the uncle asked you to go on this journey with him, what would you tell him? No, because I would be very scared, because of those dinosaurs and the volcano. If someone else was thinking about reading this book, what would you tell them? They should read it because it’s really fun for their kids because of the dino dino saurs and the vol cano cano canos.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Penelope Payne

    This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I loved the story and that there was a black-and-white sketch illustration on every other page. I was annoyed at how the main character didn’t want to go and once on the journey, kept wanting to turn back. Until one point when I WOULD have wanted to turn back, he’s like “We can do it!” and I’m in disbelief. I liked the journey to get to the center of the earth, but once they reached a certain point, I felt a little let down. Not because of what they fo This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I loved the story and that there was a black-and-white sketch illustration on every other page. I was annoyed at how the main character didn’t want to go and once on the journey, kept wanting to turn back. Until one point when I WOULD have wanted to turn back, he’s like “We can do it!” and I’m in disbelief. I liked the journey to get to the center of the earth, but once they reached a certain point, I felt a little let down. Not because of what they found there, that was great. Just that they didn’t stay there long enough. I don’t know if the original was this way or if the adaptation left a lot of things out. I wish they had stayed and explored longer. I decided to reread this child adaptation for nostalgia’s sake, and found the text far more dumbed down than I originally remembered. That being said, for the age group this is aimed at, I think it’s fine. Just not for adult me. But now I look forward to reading the original!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Van

    Having never read it in high svhool, i found a high school edition and dove right in. No illustrations are needed as Verne creates topography, creatures, pathways, caverns and more. So we'll that they come to life as do the characters whom encounter dangers and difficulty, seemingly at every momnt. **abridged version 280 pages. ** Having never read it in high svhool, i found a high school edition and dove right in. No illustrations are needed as Verne creates topography, creatures, pathways, caverns and more. So we'll that they come to life as do the characters whom encounter dangers and difficulty, seemingly at every momnt. **abridged version 280 pages. **

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Gibbs

    The first time I read this book I was knee high to a grasshopper. The version I read was the kid friendly version with hand drawn pictures of the spectacular journey as it unfolded. Now that I’m an adult I wanted to recapture some of that same magic from my childhood. The original book by Jules Verne was published in 1864 in French and then translated to English in 1871. Reading a book that is 140 years old was an adventure all in itself because as you can imagine the language and dialog was qui The first time I read this book I was knee high to a grasshopper. The version I read was the kid friendly version with hand drawn pictures of the spectacular journey as it unfolded. Now that I’m an adult I wanted to recapture some of that same magic from my childhood. The original book by Jules Verne was published in 1864 in French and then translated to English in 1871. Reading a book that is 140 years old was an adventure all in itself because as you can imagine the language and dialog was quite different in in the 1800’s. I’m not ashamed to admit that there were plenty of words that I had to look up in the dictionary because I had no clue what they meant because I’ve never heard them before. Luckily I was reading this book on my Kindle which handled the word look-ups brilliantly. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” follows the various miss adventures of Professor Hardwigg, his nephew Henry, and Hans their invaluable guide as they attempt to venture to the center of the Earth via an inactive volcano. Verne’s imagination is fantastic which makes this book a joy to read. The story sucks you right in as you turn the pages and then all of a sudden Vern will go off on a tangent about a scientific fact that in itself is interesting but pulls you right out of the story and brings you back to reality. The only other pet peeve that I have is in the later chapters when the perspective of the story changes from being told as if you were on the adventure and then in the later chapters the story is being told after the adventure was over. Although this book didn’t really recapture the magic of my childhood as I remembered it, this book got my imagination going and is definitely worth the read. Just make sure you have a dictionary handy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi Salazar

    This is a timeless classic sci-fi adventure story that was originally written by Jules Verne but adapted by Howard J. Schwach. This was a very interesting book that tells the story of how an uncle, his nephew, and their tour guide travelled to the center of the Earth. The story was told in the perspective of the nephew. He explained his worries and their troubles during the trip. I found it very interesting that their whole journey began by decoding an ancient runic message they found in a book. This is a timeless classic sci-fi adventure story that was originally written by Jules Verne but adapted by Howard J. Schwach. This was a very interesting book that tells the story of how an uncle, his nephew, and their tour guide travelled to the center of the Earth. The story was told in the perspective of the nephew. He explained his worries and their troubles during the trip. I found it very interesting that their whole journey began by decoding an ancient runic message they found in a book. I also think that it was rude of how the uncle (Professor Hardwigg) made his nephew (Harry) go with him on the journey although Harry was skeptical about the sanity of the trip. Although in the end, Harry ended up enjoying the trip. It was cool how one of the craters from Sneffels could lead into underground pathways. It was interesting how there was a large body of water and large/oversized animals and human inside the Earth. It was also amazing how they ended up in Italy, when they started in Iceland. Although, there were some parts of the story that were very interesting but there were also a few parts where it started to get a bit boring because of too much unnecessary details. I liked how there was a picture that show a depiction of what was happening in the specific part of the story. I did not like, however, that there were pictures on almost every other page. You can basically know the whole story by just looking at the pictures and reading the captions! But, this is an amazing book and I would recommend reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Gerena

    I strongly believe that this book was really good. The only thing that I didnt like was that some parts I didn't understand. I don't recromend this book to people who get really bored on books. I do recremend this book to people who find thrillers good, and also don't mind parts that are boreing at points. This book is also like a mystery book. For example, there are parts where your asking your self what will happen to a character or you might start guessing what parts might happen next. since I strongly believe that this book was really good. The only thing that I didnt like was that some parts I didn't understand. I don't recromend this book to people who get really bored on books. I do recremend this book to people who find thrillers good, and also don't mind parts that are boreing at points. This book is also like a mystery book. For example, there are parts where your asking your self what will happen to a character or you might start guessing what parts might happen next. since this is a fictional book, it was cool reading about the different animals and different settings the author was thinking about.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joel Mcdonald

    I thought it was a great story. It was originally written by Jules Verne, but the illustrated version was made by Howard J. Schwach. It is a story about a man named Harry and his uncle, Professor Hardwigg, on their journey to the center of the earth. It is a very cool story and I hope you like it if you read it. I thought it was a great story. It was originally written by Jules Verne, but the illustrated version was made by Howard J. Schwach. It is a story about a man named Harry and his uncle, Professor Hardwigg, on their journey to the center of the earth. It is a very cool story and I hope you like it if you read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Howard J. Schwach's adaptation of A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Great American Classics) is nicely done; however the editor dropped his duties in ensuring that the book did not contain mechanical and grammatical errors. For example, on page 224 "relief" is spelled "reliel" and that's just one of the misspellings. There are other issues throughout the read. Regardless, I read this because my granddaughter read it during her final nine weeks of fifth grade and I couldn't believe the teache Howard J. Schwach's adaptation of A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Great American Classics) is nicely done; however the editor dropped his duties in ensuring that the book did not contain mechanical and grammatical errors. For example, on page 224 "relief" is spelled "reliel" and that's just one of the misspellings. There are other issues throughout the read. Regardless, I read this because my granddaughter read it during her final nine weeks of fifth grade and I couldn't believe the teacher chose this to read but I could see connections to both math and science and hope that the teacher took some time to explain the importance of using those skills to help solve life's problems. This book is pared down from Jules Verne's version and that is a blessing in itself but it is still an imaginative tale of an incredible journey. One thing that I did find appealing for young people is that every other page is an illustration which helps move the story along and does shorten the reading time which makes it a nice summer read in-between grades. In conclusion, if teachers or parents help make other educational connections this is a classic read in a time when so many of our books are being canceled by the woke. Now that I have read this and have a copy of the movie they watched on loan from our local library to watch with her, we will have a discussion about what she learned, liked and disliked.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Manahil

    Because I was too lazy to read the original, I thought I’d take the opportunity to dive into the abridged version just to satisfy my curiosity. The first 3/4 or so was really quite good and entertaining, the last 1/4 however just went downhill. I really thought the ending was rather idiotic and entirely implausible, granted, this is science FICTION. I couldn’t get past the dinosaurs and giant mushrooms. I just couldn’t. Also from an editorial standpoint there were many grammatical errors in this Because I was too lazy to read the original, I thought I’d take the opportunity to dive into the abridged version just to satisfy my curiosity. The first 3/4 or so was really quite good and entertaining, the last 1/4 however just went downhill. I really thought the ending was rather idiotic and entirely implausible, granted, this is science FICTION. I couldn’t get past the dinosaurs and giant mushrooms. I just couldn’t. Also from an editorial standpoint there were many grammatical errors in this book, and the sentences were extreme dumbed down. Over all though it was quite enjoyable and you could picture yourself with Harry, the professor, and Hans going on this once in a life time adventure even though it ended in shit.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rufus G.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the Journey to the Center of the Earth because of the humor. One part in the book I liked was when a boy talked about needing water. Another part I liked was when they broke a hole in a wall but right when that happened it created a waterfall. The final part was when lava pushed the raft out of the mouth of the volcano.The part I disliked was the part when a boy and there grandfather were decoding a letter.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Magnus

    This is for the illustrated classic version that I read nightly to my legit captivated 4yr old daughter. It was so incredibly full of errors and over-exposition that I know the original doesn’t have. But! it was still a delightful read and I definitely had fun channeling my best shitty German accent for the perpetually angry professor. My partner & I also found great amusement in the very plain captions for the illustrations.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Namratha

    This cute, wee pocketbook was my first introduction to Jules Verne's epic adventure. Severly abridged and accompanied by beautiful line drawings, it helped a young reader discover the perilous journey into the bowels of the earth in a satisfying and engaging format. Since I was currently doing *A Journey to the Centre of the Earth* marathon and devouring the expedition in every format, it felt only right to scour out this childhood book and add it to the must-reread collection. This cute, wee pocketbook was my first introduction to Jules Verne's epic adventure. Severly abridged and accompanied by beautiful line drawings, it helped a young reader discover the perilous journey into the bowels of the earth in a satisfying and engaging format. Since I was currently doing *A Journey to the Centre of the Earth* marathon and devouring the expedition in every format, it felt only right to scour out this childhood book and add it to the must-reread collection.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Sanders

    My 9 and 11 year olds loved this as a read aloud. They were riveted the whole time. My only complaint is that because they simplified some areas for younger readers they lost some continuity and detail. I'll get the full Jules Verne version for them to read on their own. My 9 and 11 year olds loved this as a read aloud. They were riveted the whole time. My only complaint is that because they simplified some areas for younger readers they lost some continuity and detail. I'll get the full Jules Verne version for them to read on their own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaleena

    My sons really liked the adventure in this novel. For me...its just not my style. I didn't like the characters except for Han and the story is just too far fetched for me. They would have been dead multiple times in their journey. This was definitely not for me. My sons really liked the adventure in this novel. For me...its just not my style. I didn't like the characters except for Han and the story is just too far fetched for me. They would have been dead multiple times in their journey. This was definitely not for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Demel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed reading this book. A lot of different subjects were related in the book including geology, archeology, zoology, botany, fossils and other science related subjects. It's really amazing the amount of info the writer new about. I enjoyed reading this book. A lot of different subjects were related in the book including geology, archeology, zoology, botany, fossils and other science related subjects. It's really amazing the amount of info the writer new about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Wallace

    This is the kids version of the book but I still thought it was good. Without reading the original I'd say this is a pretty good summary of it. The story line moves right along, and on the plus side every page had an illustration on it! This is the kids version of the book but I still thought it was good. Without reading the original I'd say this is a pretty good summary of it. The story line moves right along, and on the plus side every page had an illustration on it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Terrible "effort" to monetize this classic in the schoolchildren's market. Terrible "effort" to monetize this classic in the schoolchildren's market.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    The second half of the book was riddled with spelling and grammar errors, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Eli was more engaged in this story than in the last 3 or four we’ve read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I feel as though 3 stars is the most you can give for a simplified version of a book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kinan Kayyali

    I really enjoyed reading this book, it's definitely one of the best books I have read because it is very entertaining and interesting. I would recommend this book to people who like reading adventure and exciting books I really enjoyed reading this book, it's definitely one of the best books I have read because it is very entertaining and interesting. I would recommend this book to people who like reading adventure and exciting books

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olu

    At the beginning of the book, they start their journey in Mount Sneffels. In the end, they go out of Mount Etna!

  25. 4 out of 5

    WannaReadMore

    It was ok but it had too many typos 😐

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Phenomenal

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ajay Dutt Tiwari

    5 stars to the imagination of verne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Lockhart

    Very hard to get into and ended stopping at 100 pages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    PJ Wenzel

    A fun read with the kids. Disappointed with the grammar and a few editorial oddities as well as the lack of careful editing on the type/type face stuff. Great edition though from a story perspective. Long enough to get a solid grasp without being too long for the kids to lose interest. Maybe 240 pages with pictures on most pages. All black and white pics.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I haven’t read the original, and so I can’t really assess the quality of this adaptation, but I thought this version was pretty good and was easy for my kids to follow. What I loved most was reading it out loud to my 3 and 6 year old. They loved it, which really surprised me, as it is not necessarily action packed for the first half and a bit dark 😆

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