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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 The War of the Worlds (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Truly great literary works stand the test of time...and that's what this one does! This kid at heart enjoyed this youth-oriented adaptation of a classic story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    Read this in 5th grade. Loved it. Great introduction for young readers...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loes M.

    I'm not sure if I should warn you about spoilers, because I mean, the story is about an alien invasion. Leaving out that detail kind of leaves you with nothing left to tell. So, spoiler alert: ALIENS! Anyway, the book starts out with a kind of rant about how arrogant people are to assume they are the only intellingent life in the universe. So you already know what is coming, right from the start. Which I kind of like, it immediately shows you what kind of book this is: an account of "that time th I'm not sure if I should warn you about spoilers, because I mean, the story is about an alien invasion. Leaving out that detail kind of leaves you with nothing left to tell. So, spoiler alert: ALIENS! Anyway, the book starts out with a kind of rant about how arrogant people are to assume they are the only intellingent life in the universe. So you already know what is coming, right from the start. Which I kind of like, it immediately shows you what kind of book this is: an account of "that time the aliens invaded" :). I liked the way the story was told. A man describing what te experienced and being as honest and open about it as possible. I would even go so far as calling it an objective eyewitness report since I felt the narrator was observing what this character went through, rather than explaining what he is feeling in real-time. It was a completely different approach to a (by now) classic dystopian, futuristic sci-fi story. In the epilogue, the writer's point of the story becomes clear: he wanted to tell what he went trough, saw and learned as a warning. It happened once, it was horrible and it can happen again and we need to be prepared. Take a look at my blog for more in-depth reviews: www.owlishbooks.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Henri Moreaux

    Originally written in 1897 by HG Wells, then adapted by Malvina Vogel and illustrated by Brendan Lynch in the 1980s this 'Great Illustrated Classics' edition of 'The War of the Worlds' is most definitely geared towards a younger audience. This being said, it is however still an enjoyable & quick read. Brendan Lynch's 1983 illustrations now also add a rather humourous edge to the tale in that the aliens in the story somewhat resemble Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds. Worth a look for a light scie Originally written in 1897 by HG Wells, then adapted by Malvina Vogel and illustrated by Brendan Lynch in the 1980s this 'Great Illustrated Classics' edition of 'The War of the Worlds' is most definitely geared towards a younger audience. This being said, it is however still an enjoyable & quick read. Brendan Lynch's 1983 illustrations now also add a rather humourous edge to the tale in that the aliens in the story somewhat resemble Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds. Worth a look for a light science fiction end of the world read, but probably best to pick up the original (and not the Great Illustrated Classics edition) unless buying for a child/youth.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Iris Bratton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *One minor spoiler mentioned* (mainly because I'm sad and genuinely curious) An entertaining Sci-Fi classic through and through! I really loved reading this book! After reading this, I now get a sense of the many tropes that other Sci-Fi writers have taken from this work. Who doesn't love a good alien invasion story? I flew through this! This book can get pretty gruesome as many people are violently killed my Martians. It kept a fast pace which made it fun to read. Reading the illustrated edition d *One minor spoiler mentioned* (mainly because I'm sad and genuinely curious) An entertaining Sci-Fi classic through and through! I really loved reading this book! After reading this, I now get a sense of the many tropes that other Sci-Fi writers have taken from this work. Who doesn't love a good alien invasion story? I flew through this! This book can get pretty gruesome as many people are violently killed my Martians. It kept a fast pace which made it fun to read. Reading the illustrated edition did make some of these scenes a bit comical at times as well. The drawings of the Martians are...strange to say the least. Although a fun book, I couldn't give it a full 5 stars. The secondary characters are very one dimensional and the writing did get a bit repetitive at times. And my biggest concern is...WHAT HAPPENED TO FRANK?? He's involved for several chapters but you never hear of him at the conclusion. Poor Frank. I guess we'll never know. Despite its minor flaws, the book was a pleasure to read. It's understable why this has remained a classic for so long. Lovers of Science Fiction will absolutely adore this. I highly recommend picking it up for a light read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tasneem Jamal

    I liked this book so much it was not like a book only for children. This book was adapted for too many movies and one of the famous ones is war of the world 2005,with Tom Cruise , but despite that Tom Cruise movie was in 2000s, Well set of the story period of time in the 1800s when there was no cars or advance technology. I liked how smooth was the writing style and the illustrations were perfect. I would like to read other books like this, " great illustrated classic. I was frustrated at the be I liked this book so much it was not like a book only for children. This book was adapted for too many movies and one of the famous ones is war of the world 2005,with Tom Cruise , but despite that Tom Cruise movie was in 2000s, Well set of the story period of time in the 1800s when there was no cars or advance technology. I liked how smooth was the writing style and the illustrations were perfect. I would like to read other books like this, " great illustrated classic. I was frustrated at the beginning from well because he returned to his hometown after delivering his wife to her cousin, he was reckless. I felt the horror concerning the invision of ALIENS. I LIKED THE FACT THAT THIs BOOK WAS written in 1879 and then adopted in 1985

  7. 5 out of 5

    James McIntosh Jr.

    I read this book a lot while growing up because I just loved it. It was absolutely one of my favorites. When I was older, I borrowed a collection of H.G. Wells stories from a library and the full version was in it, so I learned that this one is actually an abridgement. In all honesty, however, I did not like the full story quite so well. I suppose this condensed version is just so exciting for a young mind. Perhaps I should revisit the story, in one form or another...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Slater

    It was fascinating to read this book for several reasons: 1. It's always cool to see someone else's prospective on aliens. 2. Wells talks about "space travel in future" -- and now we have space travel! 3. It's always fun to read a classic and see what all the fuss is about.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Violet Bleger

    Although we’re not sure Martians even exist, I truly enjoyed this thrilling sci-fi novel. I think it was completely enjoyable and it sparked my thoughts on space exploration.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barrette Plett

    I read these when I was little, and they still hold up -- if you just kind of want the plot and supporting pictures for classic novels. My son loves these now, too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bishop

    loved as a kid there are a great trip down memory kane. they are still quick paced and easy to read. worth the price.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Jay

    My son enjoys the illustrations that go along with the story. It's a nice way to introduce a child to some classics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    Of course I have seen the movies, listened to the amazing music by Jeff Wayne but I don't think I have ever actually read the book. The language is lovely, very smooth and classy. The first lines are beautiful. "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perha Of course I have seen the movies, listened to the amazing music by Jeff Wayne but I don't think I have ever actually read the book. The language is lovely, very smooth and classy. The first lines are beautiful. "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter." Lovely prose. I enjoyed it very much. Exciting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hamant R

    Imagine the world ,one day it was peacful and then the next day, the world is torn apart, and a few days later everything is back to normal. Thats what "The War Of The Worlds" is about, this man named Wells is living a happy life with his wife when the unexpectible happens, martians attack the Earth! Everyone thinks hes crazy when he brings back the news of the attack . But when the martians come to the village, everyone was aorry that they hadn't belived Wells, So Wells gets his wife and rides Imagine the world ,one day it was peacful and then the next day, the world is torn apart, and a few days later everything is back to normal. Thats what "The War Of The Worlds" is about, this man named Wells is living a happy life with his wife when the unexpectible happens, martians attack the Earth! Everyone thinks hes crazy when he brings back the news of the attack . But when the martians come to the village, everyone was aorry that they hadn't belived Wells, So Wells gets his wife and rides her down to her cousins house far away from the attack, but he has to come back to the village to return his horse and gets attacked! Now he has to survive without getting zapped or vaporized until the invasion is over.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Benb

    "The War of The Worlds" by H.G. Wells is great science fiction filled with action and adventure. It begins with aliens landing on earth and they start to invade a small town. The military tries to stop them from expanding and moving to other towns. the military dose not succeed and they go from town to town. When the aliens run out of food they take the humans food. Then they die because human food has bacteria and the aliens could not fight it off because their is no bacteria on their planet. W "The War of The Worlds" by H.G. Wells is great science fiction filled with action and adventure. It begins with aliens landing on earth and they start to invade a small town. The military tries to stop them from expanding and moving to other towns. the military dose not succeed and they go from town to town. When the aliens run out of food they take the humans food. Then they die because human food has bacteria and the aliens could not fight it off because their is no bacteria on their planet. With half the world destroyed earth has to repair its self and be ready for any other attacks. I recommend reading this great book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Entertaining short read for me (started Monday night was done Tuesday night) I've just read 3 sci-fi books in a row, and am ready to take a break. I always marvel at the different takes of the future or other planets that writers in the past have had. Sort of a "History of the Future" if I can steal the name from my universities class on sci-fi.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kasen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I kind of didn't like it because of the pictures, they were pretty detailed. And that was probably the scariest of science fiction books I've ever read. But anyways, it was pretty good. Well I would recommend it to you if you like sort of scary books, and if you like martians, science fiction and all that stuff.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jared Lyness

    This book is full of action and adventure. I enjoyed reading this book due to the massive amount of action depicted by the author. The ending surprised me the most. I don't want to spoil it but I love a good book with a twist at the end. Overall, it was a very good book of you are into science fiction.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    To be honest, this book was a waste of my time. I don't know what made me not like it; I think it was a combination of how it was written and just how absurd the content was (I know that's the point, but I feel like it could have been written much better).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I read this when I went through a Sci-Fi phase as a teenager.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    A great classic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris Dejong

    This book was very captivating.I personal love the fighting scenes and how they got rid of the martians.Some of the times it lost me.But it was a very good book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Britney Renee

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candice

  25. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shivadas MK-Thirumaldas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jadi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cuneth

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