Tracy B. (tracy32) reviewed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated Junior Library) on
Tom Sawyer lives to have fun,adventures,thrills even if that sometimes means he has to sort of lie a little,cheat a bit,play tricks, chase girls,skip school,run away from home even attend his own funeral!But everyone knows Tom's just playing so he always alks his way out of trouble, and lands on his feet...
Until the night he witnesses a graveyard murder over a treasure in the stolen gold. Suddenly the sdventures real.soon Tom and his young love Becky are trapped in a hidden cavern, chased by a vengeful maniac,lost in darkness where fast talk alone won't save them! Now if Tom Sawyer's luck and cunning fail,all the games will be over.
tom and Becky will be dead.
Dianna C. (DiC) - reviewed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated Junior Library) on
This audio CD is not a reading of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but a version by popular storyteller Jim Weiss. As always, he does a bang-up job of introducing the story for younger ones, retaining the flavor of the author's tone and language.
Hanging out with the town outcast, "running away" to a nearby river island, flirting with the girls, and basically driving the adults nuts, Tom Sawyer is 100% American boy. In him Mark Twain managed to capture the adventure, mischief, and complete innocence of childhood. If there's a child or adult out there who hasn't read it yet, give them a copy. It's quite simply one of the best kids stories ever told.
I forgot how great this book was as a kid. And as an adult, it was only better now that I could take something away from Mark Twain's take on society, sociology, and ultimately, how stupid we all are.^^ The endearing mischievous qualities of young Tom and his buddy, Huck are fun to read about no matter what your age, who--like all the characters--are as vivid and believable as real people. And there's no end to the insight this book can offer either, from childhood, to religion, to family, to roles in society and beyond. The only con, I'd say, in reading this wonderful classic is the slightly uncomfortable spots you come along. It was written in a time and place where racism was rampant, after all, and Twain does nothing to powder-puff this. But that's not hardly enough to dampen this wonderful book on the whole: I'd reccomend it for anyone.