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JONATHAN SWIFT’S GULLIVER by Martin Jenkins

JONATHAN SWIFT’S GULLIVER

By Martin Jenkins (Adaptor) , Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 13

Pub Date: March 31st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2409-8
Publisher: Candlewick

A handsomely packaged alternative for readers not quite up for the original, this abridgement pairs a toned-down, quicker-moving but otherwise substantially intact version of Gulliver’s four voyages with a generous array of vignettes, larger drawings and paintings—all featuring craggy-featured, elaborately clad (except, of course, for the dignified Houyhnhnms and capering but discreetly posed Yahoos) grotesques in extravagantly detailed settings. Along with providing a better showcase for Riddell’s distinctive talents than the cramped pages of Paul Stewart’s Edge Chronicles, this makes a timely and enticing replacement for James Riordan’s partial retelling, illustrated in a lighter, though less sophisticated, vein by Victor G. Ambrus (1992). (Fiction. 10-13)