Book Reviews of A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Great Illustrated Classics)

A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Great Illustrated Classics)
A Journey to the Center of the Earth - Great Illustrated Classics
Author: Jules Verne, Howard J. Schwach (Adapter), Pablo Marcos Studio (Illustrator)
ISBN-13: 9780866119603
ISBN-10: 0866119604
Publication Date: 6/1990
Pages: 240
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Playmore Inc. Publishers
Book Type: School Library Binding
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I realy enjoyed this book,I couldn't put it down!(AL)
This is a bargain, book of the classics. They are absolutly perfect for your third grader to pratice and stretch their reading skills, or an excellent adaptation for up to age twelve.They are also a good in-between to introduce the concept that books without pictures can be intresting. These have only a few black-n-white. Just enough for the new, serious reader.(Mom)
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Classic sci-fi story of master and apprentice pursuing new discovery.
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This popular classic is presented here with beautiful illustrations and a note about the author on the last page.
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The book is written mainly for young children, the print is very large and there are many illustrations. I would not recommend it for adults - it can get kind of annoying when reading it. However, it is still a great book.
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I really cherished reading this book. It was great fun for children.
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It was a secret message by an ancient alchemist, found on a crumbling scrap of parchment. And if Saknussemm was right, then every theory about the molten core of the earth is wrong. Prof. Otto Lidenbrock has to learn the truth. So Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and the Icelandic hunter Hans climb down the cone of an arctic volcano and into...

A realm of awesome mystery, weird beauty--and deadly peril. Where vast caverns and endless mazes lead to an underground ocean, living fire, and prehistoric monsters. But where any wrong turn, any misstep, can leave the explorers forever trapped in the eternal darkness of a planet-sized tomb...

Buried alive at the heart of the world....
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Excellent reading workbook that introduces passages and then questions and exercises about each selection, unused.
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This is one of Verne's best!
There is not a TON of action, but there are chapters that keep you reading!
Verne did a good job in this story of not getting too scientific. he gives enough detail to make you understand the surroundings, without boring you to tears.
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Great book. Good way to introduce kids to these types of stories.
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A good kid version. Lots of typos. I hope the editor was fired.
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A great tale, something I would share with anyone.
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This popular classic is presented here with beautiful illustrations and a note about the author on the last page.
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I love this story!
The plot moves surprisingly fast, with surprises woven throughout. The character's are lovable, and the narration makes you feel as though you are there.
Jules Verne often got a little technical and scientific in his stories, this one doesn't go overboard. A definite Must Read!
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This classic science fiction novel was written in 1864 and spawned (or helped spawn) a belief of the Hollow Earth, but Ill get back to that later. This period of exploration of unknown lands like Africa and the poles was in part the inspiration of the story. Another source of inspiration was a book by Charles Lyells Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man, a book published around the time science was changing the way we believed the beginning of the earths development occurred.

The story tells of a German Professor Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel. They discover a code in an old book that leads them to believe that they can reach the center of the earth through a passage the starts in Iceland inside a volcano. While Axel is afraid of the decent, citing the scientific theories that spelled out the many ways the trip would end in tragedy, the professor is euphoric about the journey.

In Iceland they hire Hans Bjelke a eiderdown hunter to be their guide. The three men see many strange things while inside the earth including subterranean rivers, and seas, giant mushrooms, prehistoric beasts, petrified trees and a proto-human civilization.

The return trip is a rapid ascent through the magma shafts out onto the Island of Stromboli. From there they return to Hamburg to much fame.

The language is from another time and further helps bring the details to life. Several times the language itself made me smile, though others may find it difficult. Several translations were done incorrectly when the book first came out, and that affected the popularity of the work in the beginning. An interesting note is that in some copies the Professors name is Hardwigg and the nephew is called Harry.

This is the least accurate of Vernes works as far as the scientific theories are concerned but is still popular never the less. In his works Verne anticipated flights into outer space, submarines, helicopters, air conditioning, guided missiles, and motion pictures long before they were developed. It is this ability to predict the changing technology that is partially responsible for the cult like status that his and other works created.

Many of his followers used the story like at religious tome along with other works, from this a Hollow Earth society grew. This theory was that there were entrances to the center of the earth at the poles. Inside the Earth is an internal star that we think is the sun, in fact we are not on the surface as we believe but are inside. This theory uses inner earth theories of many religions like Hell, Hades, and Sheol. The largest group was based in Florida founded by a man named Koreshan.
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I love this book! It is amazing how entertaining it really is!
This is one of the novels Verne tried to make both scientific, yet warm. The characters are very lovable.
The action, though mild, will still entertain you. Well worth reading!
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This novel contains one of the great adventures of all time. Numerous movies were made based on its premise of a world within a world. The novel also spawned countless copies of its plot.
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A great adventure. It made me feel a little suffocated though, thinking that I was under all the earth. The adventure is very vivid.
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This is a great classic novel.
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Hardcover edition, complete text, from Readers Digest.
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Love this book! Fun read for whole family!
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BOOKCASSETTE edition. You will need to have a cassette player with a Balance Control or an Adaptor to play this unabridged audio book.

This is CLASSIC Jules Verne. An exciting adventure story.
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On the back of this new book: Join ProfessorHardwig ,his nephew Harry and their Icelandic guide Hans in their daring quest down a volcano and toward the center of the earth. Guided by an ancient parchment filled with a mysterious Runic code, the three explorers encounter tumultous storms,wild prehistoric animals. vast underground seas and fierce cavemen. Will they complete their quest? Will they reach the center of the earth?
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I loved this book as it was full of excitement and adventure, with slight hints of humor and slivers of suspense. Verne is so creative and imaginative, yet so descriptive, that you feel as if you are there with the trio as they make their journey. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure.