Books by Victor G. Ambrus

MOBY DICK by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"For those disposed to retellings of the classics, this is a prime example of the way to do it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the team behind the adaptation of The Odyssey (1995), an audacious retelling that follows the main story line of Melville's monumental work—of Ishmael's tale of Captain Ahab's mad quest for revenge against the giant white whale that took his leg on a previous voyage. Read full book review >
THE ODYSSEY by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"A fitting companion to Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy (1993). (Fiction/mythology. 11-14)"
A classic expertly retold, issued in a handsome, slightly oversize format with Ambrus's robust illustrations. Read full book review >
THE SHOEMAKER'S BOY by Joan Aiken
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"Ambrus's dramatic, masterfully limned color illustrations appear on almost every spread. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From a prolific British author who has ranged effortlessly from melodrama (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase [1962]) to loopy farce (Arabel's Raven [1972]), a polished tale suffused with allegory. Read full book review >
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1992

"Swift's ax-grinding can be indigestible in large doses; like other abridged classics from this publisher and illustrator, a palatable, well-blended appetizer. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Swift's account of Gulliver's captivity in Lilliput and Brobdingnag is considerably shortened and rephrased here, but Riordan expertly preserves the flavor of the original: upon reaching the temple where he is to stay, the intrepid traveler shamefacedly relieves himself before the tiny multitudes (though the more famous scene where he similarly puts out a palace fire is absent); later, he survives plenty of harrowing adventures, admiringly describing the societies in which he's stranded while taking subtle pokes (and not-so-subtle—``Englishmen are the nastiest race of odious little vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth,'' says the king of Brobdingnag) at his own, and at fashion and politics in general. Read full book review >