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For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.


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For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and charming pen-and-ink drawings enhance the text. Students are sure to enjoy becoming acquainted with traditional literature through these well-loved classics.

30 review for A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathrina

    I want to make it very clear that this rating is for the "Great Illustrated Classics" series edition of this book, not the real Jules Verne classic. This series is horrifying in its failure to edit or even construct logical sentences. Dumbing down classics with truly dumb re-writings is worse than Cliff Notes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I've really enjoyed reading these illustrated classics with my 10 year old son. I'm sure they pale in comparison with the originals, and the number of typos is disappointing, but they make for great bedtime reading and are perfect for 8-10 year olds.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Van

    Having never read it in high svhool, i found a high school edition and dove right in. No illustrations are needed as Verne creates topography, creatures, pathways, caverns and more. So we'll that they come to life as do the characters whom encounter dangers and difficulty, seemingly at every momnt. **abridged version 280 pages. **

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Gibbs

    The first time I read this book I was knee high to a grasshopper. The version I read was the kid friendly version with hand drawn pictures of the spectacular journey as it unfolded. Now that I’m an adult I wanted to recapture some of that same magic from my childhood. The original book by Jules Verne was published in 1864 in French and then translated to English in 1871. Reading a book that is 140 years old was an adventure all in itself because as you can imagine the language and dialog was qui The first time I read this book I was knee high to a grasshopper. The version I read was the kid friendly version with hand drawn pictures of the spectacular journey as it unfolded. Now that I’m an adult I wanted to recapture some of that same magic from my childhood. The original book by Jules Verne was published in 1864 in French and then translated to English in 1871. Reading a book that is 140 years old was an adventure all in itself because as you can imagine the language and dialog was quite different in in the 1800’s. I’m not ashamed to admit that there were plenty of words that I had to look up in the dictionary because I had no clue what they meant because I’ve never heard them before. Luckily I was reading this book on my Kindle which handled the word look-ups brilliantly. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” follows the various miss adventures of Professor Hardwigg, his nephew Henry, and Hans their invaluable guide as they attempt to venture to the center of the Earth via an inactive volcano. Verne’s imagination is fantastic which makes this book a joy to read. The story sucks you right in as you turn the pages and then all of a sudden Vern will go off on a tangent about a scientific fact that in itself is interesting but pulls you right out of the story and brings you back to reality. The only other pet peeve that I have is in the later chapters when the perspective of the story changes from being told as if you were on the adventure and then in the later chapters the story is being told after the adventure was over. Although this book didn’t really recapture the magic of my childhood as I remembered it, this book got my imagination going and is definitely worth the read. Just make sure you have a dictionary handy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mitzi Salazar

    This is a timeless classic sci-fi adventure story that was originally written by Jules Verne but adapted by Howard J. Schwach. This was a very interesting book that tells the story of how an uncle, his nephew, and their tour guide travelled to the center of the Earth. The story was told in the perspective of the nephew. He explained his worries and their troubles during the trip. I found it very interesting that their whole journey began by decoding an ancient runic message they found in a book. This is a timeless classic sci-fi adventure story that was originally written by Jules Verne but adapted by Howard J. Schwach. This was a very interesting book that tells the story of how an uncle, his nephew, and their tour guide travelled to the center of the Earth. The story was told in the perspective of the nephew. He explained his worries and their troubles during the trip. I found it very interesting that their whole journey began by decoding an ancient runic message they found in a book. I also think that it was rude of how the uncle (Professor Hardwigg) made his nephew (Harry) go with him on the journey although Harry was skeptical about the sanity of the trip. Although in the end, Harry ended up enjoying the trip. It was cool how one of the craters from Sneffels could lead into underground pathways. It was interesting how there was a large body of water and large/oversized animals and human inside the Earth. It was also amazing how they ended up in Italy, when they started in Iceland. Although, there were some parts of the story that were very interesting but there were also a few parts where it started to get a bit boring because of too much unnecessary details. I liked how there was a picture that show a depiction of what was happening in the specific part of the story. I did not like, however, that there were pictures on almost every other page. You can basically know the whole story by just looking at the pictures and reading the captions! But, this is an amazing book and I would recommend reading it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Gerena

    I strongly believe that this book was really good. The only thing that I didnt like was that some parts I didn't understand. I don't recromend this book to people who get really bored on books. I do recremend this book to people who find thrillers good, and also don't mind parts that are boreing at points. This book is also like a mystery book. For example, there are parts where your asking your self what will happen to a character or you might start guessing what parts might happen next. since I strongly believe that this book was really good. The only thing that I didnt like was that some parts I didn't understand. I don't recromend this book to people who get really bored on books. I do recremend this book to people who find thrillers good, and also don't mind parts that are boreing at points. This book is also like a mystery book. For example, there are parts where your asking your self what will happen to a character or you might start guessing what parts might happen next. since this is a fictional book, it was cool reading about the different animals and different settings the author was thinking about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joel Mcdonald

    I thought it was a great story. It was originally written by Jules Verne, but the illustrated version was made by Howard J. Schwach. It is a story about a man named Harry and his uncle, Professor Hardwigg, on their journey to the center of the earth. It is a very cool story and I hope you like it if you read it. I thought it was a great story. It was originally written by Jules Verne, but the illustrated version was made by Howard J. Schwach. It is a story about a man named Harry and his uncle, Professor Hardwigg, on their journey to the center of the earth. It is a very cool story and I hope you like it if you read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manahil

    Because I was too lazy to read the original, I thought I’d take the opportunity to dive into the abridged version just to satisfy my curiosity. The first 3/4 or so was really quite good and entertaining, the last 1/4 however just went downhill. I really thought the ending was rather idiotic and entirely implausible, granted, this is science FICTION. I couldn’t get past the dinosaurs and giant mushrooms. I just couldn’t. Also from an editorial standpoint there were many grammatical errors in this Because I was too lazy to read the original, I thought I’d take the opportunity to dive into the abridged version just to satisfy my curiosity. The first 3/4 or so was really quite good and entertaining, the last 1/4 however just went downhill. I really thought the ending was rather idiotic and entirely implausible, granted, this is science FICTION. I couldn’t get past the dinosaurs and giant mushrooms. I just couldn’t. Also from an editorial standpoint there were many grammatical errors in this book, and the sentences were extreme dumbed down. Over all though it was quite enjoyable and you could picture yourself with Harry, the professor, and Hans going on this once in a life time adventure even though it ended in shit.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rufus G.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the Journey to the Center of the Earth because of the humor. One part in the book I liked was when a boy talked about needing water. Another part I liked was when they broke a hole in a wall but right when that happened it created a waterfall. The final part was when lava pushed the raft out of the mouth of the volcano.The part I disliked was the part when a boy and there grandfather were decoding a letter.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Sanders

    My 9 and 11 year olds loved this as a read aloud. They were riveted the whole time. My only complaint is that because they simplified some areas for younger readers they lost some continuity and detail. I'll get the full Jules Verne version for them to read on their own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kaleena

    My sons really liked the adventure in this novel. For me...its just not my style. I didn't like the characters except for Han and the story is just too far fetched for me. They would have been dead multiple times in their journey. This was definitely not for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Terrible "effort" to monetize this classic in the schoolchildren's market.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    The second half of the book was riddled with spelling and grammar errors, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Eli was more engaged in this story than in the last 3 or four we’ve read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I feel as though 3 stars is the most you can give for a simplified version of a book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kinan Kayyali

    I really enjoyed reading this book, it's definitely one of the best books I have read because it is very entertaining and interesting. I would recommend this book to people who like reading adventure and exciting books

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olu

    At the beginning of the book, they start their journey in Mount Sneffels. In the end, they go out of Mount Etna!

  18. 5 out of 5

    WannaReadMore

    It was ok but it had too many typos 😐

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Phenomenal

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ajay Dutt Tiwari

    5 stars to the imagination of verne

  21. 5 out of 5

    PJ Wenzel

    A fun read with the kids. Disappointed with the grammar and a few editorial oddities as well as the lack of careful editing on the type/type face stuff. Great edition though from a story perspective. Long enough to get a solid grasp without being too long for the kids to lose interest. Maybe 240 pages with pictures on most pages. All black and white pics.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Darcy

    by Jules Verne, published in 1864 - adapted by Howard J. Schwach. Illustrations in this version done by Pablo Marcos Studio. This version of “A Journey To The Center Of The Earth” is a condensed and adapted “Great Illustrated Classics” hardback, and not the complete novel by Jules Verne. It was, however, the perfect level of book to read to my daughter and just the right level for her to read herself is she chooses to. She is eight. Jules Verne’s story, I believe, is well known so I will stick mostl by Jules Verne, published in 1864 - adapted by Howard J. Schwach. Illustrations in this version done by Pablo Marcos Studio. This version of “A Journey To The Center Of The Earth” is a condensed and adapted “Great Illustrated Classics” hardback, and not the complete novel by Jules Verne. It was, however, the perfect level of book to read to my daughter and just the right level for her to read herself is she chooses to. She is eight. Jules Verne’s story, I believe, is well known so I will stick mostly to this particular adaptation. The story, because it is condensed, can seem repetitive at times because the text in-between sections has been removed. It is a little more too the point but this is good for youngsters who may get bored with long passages from the original. The illustrations are all black and white (save the cover picture) and are pretty well done. There is one illustration per page and is appropriately posted next to relevant text. I must say my daughter enjoyed it a lot, but found it a bit “far fetched” in places. It is a fanciful adventure tale after all. One in which we see sea serpents, woolly mammoths and even a giant cave man. Pretty imaginative stuff. As well there is ample technical, though not too technical, information contained within. This may spur the young scientist in your family to do some more digging into science - and that is a good thing. I would say I enjoyed this version even if I found it too short. That was not the point. I think young folks will enjoy it a lot and the illustrations add a great deal towards that end. If you have not read “A Journey To The Center Of The Earth” I suggest you do. You may want to get all of Verne’s works while you are at it. They are all worth the read. And if you find Verne’s works intriguing, then I would suggest H. G. Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson too. It is so much fun introducing classic adventure tales to young ones and you can’t go wrong with these yourself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Kaczmarek

    In the book a Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Hans, Professor Hardwigg, and Harry, go in an Icelandic volcano on a journey to the center of the earth. They go in the volcano and into the bowels of the earth. I really liked the book. The author uses great descriptive words in the story that makes you feel like you are right there, struggling with them, and surviving with them. He makes you feel like you are on the journey with them. I also liked the story in general. I think it would be sou c In the book a Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Hans, Professor Hardwigg, and Harry, go in an Icelandic volcano on a journey to the center of the earth. They go in the volcano and into the bowels of the earth. I really liked the book. The author uses great descriptive words in the story that makes you feel like you are right there, struggling with them, and surviving with them. He makes you feel like you are on the journey with them. I also liked the story in general. I think it would be sou cool to be able to go into the center of the earth and live to tell others about it. I've always thought that I should do it some day, but I probably won't considering that this is a fictional book. There really isn't much I didn't like about the book. One thing that I think the author could have done better on was that he could have explained there situations better. Like one time he said that is was dark. I wish he would have described it a little better. Other that that I really don't have anything else that's bad to say about the story. I would recommend this book to anyone that also thinks that it be cool to go into the earth, anyone that likes to know the geology of the earths interior, or anyone just looking for a good read in general.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dillon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought that it was a pretty good book, but it's not one of my favorites, however. This book is about a young man named Harry, who takes an epic adventure to try to reach the center of the Earth, with his uncle, and an explorer named Hans. They go to an area in Ireland, and proceed into an inactive volcano, with underground passages that lead miles and miles underground. They hike through, and climb through the depths of the Earth, and soon find an extraordinary and enormous underground cave. I thought that it was a pretty good book, but it's not one of my favorites, however. This book is about a young man named Harry, who takes an epic adventure to try to reach the center of the Earth, with his uncle, and an explorer named Hans. They go to an area in Ireland, and proceed into an inactive volcano, with underground passages that lead miles and miles underground. They hike through, and climb through the depths of the Earth, and soon find an extraordinary and enormous underground cave. But it wasn't like an ordinary cave, for it had light, and clouds, and even a sea. This cave uncovered an epic prehistoric land, full of sea monsters and extinct animals, like mammoths, and even strange human beings. They sailed across the underground sea, trying to find a way out, for they could not. They have to blow up a blocked out passage with gunpowder, but sail right into an erupting volcano. They sail on the boiling seawater with their raft up to the surface, and soon explode out of the top. They found that they traveled more that 2,500 miles all the way to Italy. They soon took a boat home, where they would end their journey.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    My almost-six-year-old discovered this, along with several other Illustrated Classic Editions of classic novels, at our library book sale last week. He came home and begged to start it immediately, and together we read it out loud - it's a great opportunity to introduce hime to words and concepts he's not familiar with while engaging him in a story he's absolutely enamored with. This is his first introduction to classic novels, and he is HOOKED! I forgot how exciting they can be, and the trip do My almost-six-year-old discovered this, along with several other Illustrated Classic Editions of classic novels, at our library book sale last week. He came home and begged to start it immediately, and together we read it out loud - it's a great opportunity to introduce hime to words and concepts he's not familiar with while engaging him in a story he's absolutely enamored with. This is his first introduction to classic novels, and he is HOOKED! I forgot how exciting they can be, and the trip down memory lane with this sweet little illustrated edition was fabulous. He's already begging to get the full version of the story in a "big kid book" as he calls them :) Can't wait to start the next one!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kegan Sicina

    I really liked this book. This book is about a two men named Professor Hardwigg and Harry who takes a journey to the center of the Earth. They start their journey in Iceland. They meet up with their guide who helps them a lot in the book. They head to Mount Sneffels and climb down into the bowels of the Mountain. Within three to four days into the journey the adventurers barley have enough water to last them the rest of the journey, but they don't give up. They head down some more tunnels and so I really liked this book. This book is about a two men named Professor Hardwigg and Harry who takes a journey to the center of the Earth. They start their journey in Iceland. They meet up with their guide who helps them a lot in the book. They head to Mount Sneffels and climb down into the bowels of the Mountain. Within three to four days into the journey the adventurers barley have enough water to last them the rest of the journey, but they don't give up. They head down some more tunnels and soonyrrrrrcdyy find water in the walls. Now they have plenty of water. The adventurers soon find the center of the Earth. Read the book to find out more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    Probably my favorite of the Jules Verne stories. Book is very different from the movie adaptions I've seen. I like how there is courage, giving of self (ex. saving last bit of water for another character), and how, even though this is science fiction, a character prays to God for help, showing that God's hand is in and through science and that science doesn't stand alone and that science can't exist without God. God created the earth that they were exploring, and He watches over His children, an Probably my favorite of the Jules Verne stories. Book is very different from the movie adaptions I've seen. I like how there is courage, giving of self (ex. saving last bit of water for another character), and how, even though this is science fiction, a character prays to God for help, showing that God's hand is in and through science and that science doesn't stand alone and that science can't exist without God. God created the earth that they were exploring, and He watches over His children, and can hear their prays no matter how deep they are.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Clackamas

    I just re-read this one because I told my son that he had to read it before we go to see the new movie. I honestly can't remember why it was so important to me when I was younger. I think it's because at the time I was very interested in the dark places underground at the time. I still thought that it was possible to dig to China so the adventures described in this book seemed completely plausible. Even so, I have to downgrade my rating a bit.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Misha

    After seeing various film versions and knowing the book’s popularity, reading it was pretty anticlimactic. I tried to keep in mind the period in which it was written, but it didn’t help much. Harry's helpless whining got on my nerves. It could be I read a poor translation. Aside from a couple spots, the leagues-long journey crawled along and didn't hold my attention. But the scientific ideas were interesting. I'm debating whether to try 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or not.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Wheeler

    Awesome book great adventure. I thought the Uncle started of a a jerk but I grew to like him. The only thing I thought could have been better was I thought the journey back to the surface was too easy.

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