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Kidnapped [adapted - Usborne Classics] (2003)

by Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Brook (Adaptor), Rob Lloyd Jones (Adaptor)

Other authors: Bob Harvey (Illustrator)

Series: Usborne Classics Retold

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Adapting a classic novel that used some Scottish idiom into modern English must have seemed like a good idea at the time but this simplification of the story probably does the reader and the writer a disservice. A child unable to cope with the language of Robert Louis Stevenson would be better served by reading something original at their comprehension level and waiting to experience the richness of the original fully. The adaptation is competent and exciting but it seems to me that few readers will explore the original if they have been given this pallid substitute first. ( )
  TheoClarke | Oct 30, 2009 |
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Robert Louis Stevensonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brook, HenryAdaptormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Rob LloydAdaptormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, BobIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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