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In a specially adapted version by Malvina G. Vogel SHIPWRECKED! A violent storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He alone survives and is cast ashore on a deserted island. In this great adventure story of survival and courage, Crusoe must summon all his strength and intelligence to survive and flourish against impossible odds. Here is an amazing tale of a young man wh In a specially adapted version by Malvina G. Vogel SHIPWRECKED! A violent storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He alone survives and is cast ashore on a deserted island. In this great adventure story of survival and courage, Crusoe must summon all his strength and intelligence to survive and flourish against impossible odds. Here is an amazing tale of a young man who overcomes loneliness, tames wild animals, battles ferocious cannibals and dangerous mutineers in a twenty-four year struggle to stay alive! -from the back cover


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In a specially adapted version by Malvina G. Vogel SHIPWRECKED! A violent storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He alone survives and is cast ashore on a deserted island. In this great adventure story of survival and courage, Crusoe must summon all his strength and intelligence to survive and flourish against impossible odds. Here is an amazing tale of a young man wh In a specially adapted version by Malvina G. Vogel SHIPWRECKED! A violent storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He alone survives and is cast ashore on a deserted island. In this great adventure story of survival and courage, Crusoe must summon all his strength and intelligence to survive and flourish against impossible odds. Here is an amazing tale of a young man who overcomes loneliness, tames wild animals, battles ferocious cannibals and dangerous mutineers in a twenty-four year struggle to stay alive! -from the back cover

30 review for The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julio Bonilla

    And so, according to the notches on his calendar post, Robinson left his island on the 19th of December, in the year 1868. It was exactly twenty-eight years, two months, and nine days after he had arrived! I read this Great Illustrated Classics book during quarantine. I remember these books were sold at Walgreens in the early-90s. I found this book at a Mini-Free Library, and had kept it the trunk of my car. After having read a review, I realized this is the abridged version, hence the low rating!

  2. 5 out of 5

    J

    This was one of those abridged versions of the Classics in which the books have usally been cut down to only the main important adventure scenes and illustrated to trick children into reading more off the so-called "Classics". Sometimes they are decent but in other cases they aren't. The way this one started off made me want to read the actual book. But it was very apparent early on that there was still a bunch missing as the book jumped from his first voyage to basically ending up in Brazil th This was one of those abridged versions of the Classics in which the books have usally been cut down to only the main important adventure scenes and illustrated to trick children into reading more off the so-called "Classics". Sometimes they are decent but in other cases they aren't. The way this one started off made me want to read the actual book. But it was very apparent early on that there was still a bunch missing as the book jumped from his first voyage to basically ending up in Brazil then starting off again. The writing was a lot cleaner and more modernized than you would have in the regular book so it made it much easier to read. There wasn't much need for a dictionary but there were portions of the book that did seem out of order like milking goats when there were no domestic goats in sight. And I just can't imagine being able to walk up to a feral goat, which shouldn't exist there in the first place, then starting to milk it. As with most of the Illustrated Classics the book has a picture on each spread that is mostly sketch so it can work as a coloring book if you want to leave your own mark on the story. The characters, though, were well developed although I was surprised they would include a picture of a hanged man in a book geared towards much younger minds. All in all I wasn't really much a fan of it as this book reminded me too much of one of my favorits "The Swiss Family Robinson" although there are many marked differences between the two works. All in all it was a decent quick read for those who want to dip their toes into Classics but don't want to struggle through the pages of the bigger books. But remember if you choose to go this route than you are definitely missing out a good portion of the story even, and most especially, portions that would provide readers with the essential clues to the actual plot than what they receive from books like these.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Wickham

    This is the abridged version for kids. Arely and I read it together. She enjoyed it more than I or she expected and part way through, Arely asked if it was a true story? The idea of a lone person surviving for 25+ years on a deserted island will never fail to be an intriguing idea! Especially now during the time of Covid 19.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Benb

    The Adventures of Robison Crusoe By Daniel Defoe is a non fiction book. It is about a man that is stuck on an island. His ship was abandon and his crew died except for the ships dog. Then when he is all settled with a house some cancels come trying to eat a person. Robinson saves him and names him Friday. They become very good friends friday learns english . Then they build a canoe together and sail back to the main land.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    I have seen several movie versions of this book and it was nice to read the actual book. This was an adapted youth version so not sure how much was cut or if anything was changed. I would have selected the original version if I had realized this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Sharma

    𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ▪ 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐨𝐞 ▪ 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐞 ▪ 𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐆. 𝐕𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐥 ▪ 𝟒🌟/𝟓🌟 ▪ 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐭 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 ▪ 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 ▪ 📚 My MS Excel booklist reminds me that I bought this book last year, December 17, 2018. And what's not in this Excel is from where I bought it: Daryagunj. It's an eventful day much like Robinson Crusoe's adventures -- more than 28 years that he spent on an island, discovering and, signficantly, expanding his skills to survive. 📚 This book is a quintessential r 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ▪ 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐨𝐞 ▪ 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐞 ▪ 𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐆. 𝐕𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐥 ▪ 𝟒🌟/𝟓🌟 ▪ 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐭 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 ▪ 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 ▪ 📚 My MS Excel booklist reminds me that I bought this book last year, December 17, 2018. And what's not in this Excel is from where I bought it: Daryagunj. It's an eventful day much like Robinson Crusoe's adventures -- more than 28 years that he spent on an island, discovering and, signficantly, expanding his skills to survive. 📚 This book is a quintessential read. I am always fascinated to learn how can a book remain so relevant even after two centuries. Interestingly, this year was 200th year of its publication. (First published 1719.) 📚 One doesn't need much inspection to learn why this book has remained relevant. The book tells story of a young man, Robinson Crusoe who wanted to explore the world, travel, and he did. Of course, back then as well, the idea was disapproved of. Much like today, sounds relatable? That's what this book is. No matter what all we live for is to survive, day in day out we put all our efforts in order to live a healthy, meaningful and fulfilling life. (That's a separate issue if we ask how many can achieve that.) 📚 Surviving a shipwreck, Crusoe finds himself alone at an island. And he does everything he can to survive. Learning how to skin animals for their skin in order to make his clothes, corn cultivation, making bread, pottery etc. What's fascinating is that everything happens in this story: He meets a man who he names Friday as he rescued him on a Friday, he's a nomad without a name, Crusoe taught him. Friday becomes his disciple. (Interestingly, today's Friday.) He saves another Captain from mutineers. And then after almost 30 years comes back to his home in England only to find his parents long dead but the business that he handed over to his loyal men running successfully. One of his brothers' son wants to do what Robinson did: to travel. He funds it. And that's how one more Crusoe is on its way to journey through the world. 📚 Best thing: Simple writing. Extremely relatable themes that made it remaining one of our favorites even after 200 years. And the storytelling. ❤️ Give it a read once in your life. This was an illustrated version I read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt like a kid flipping through pages of a story book yet again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wasif

    A great storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He was alone on the island. He have was very thankful to God that God save him. But he now have to survive on the island. So Robinson start to make a house on the ashore . He get wood from the trees which help him to make the walls and the roof. He get meat and milk from the goats. And eat grapes and raisins too for energy. He was working hard to make his easier to survive. But one day a ship came to the island. Robin was happy but the ship h A great storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He was alone on the island. He have was very thankful to God that God save him. But he now have to survive on the island. So Robinson start to make a house on the ashore . He get wood from the trees which help him to make the walls and the roof. He get meat and milk from the goats. And eat grapes and raisins too for energy. He was working hard to make his easier to survive. But one day a ship came to the island. Robin was happy but the ship has some thing strange and the blood on the ashore told him that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Buster LaFrance

    My fifth-grader read this from her school's library. I decided to give it a read, having read it many years ago when I was in elementary school. It was a nice little refresher. This version shaves a bit off, I assume to keep a young reader interested. I sat down and read it in one sitting, about one and a half hours. It's a very good story, and doesn't take away from the period. Published 300 years ago, in 1719, there's no sugarcoating the mention of slavery, and the white European's attitude to My fifth-grader read this from her school's library. I decided to give it a read, having read it many years ago when I was in elementary school. It was a nice little refresher. This version shaves a bit off, I assume to keep a young reader interested. I sat down and read it in one sitting, about one and a half hours. It's a very good story, and doesn't take away from the period. Published 300 years ago, in 1719, there's no sugarcoating the mention of slavery, and the white European's attitude toward the indigenous tribes of the New World. It still remains a classic in its own right.

  9. 4 out of 5

    4HydeCaden

    This was a very good book it had drama and was packed with action all the way throw the book, It really took to heart what times were like back then and how ships were and overall how the world was back then. It also follows a very twist path that Robinson Crusoe faced when his ship crashed in a bad storm on a deserted island, he then has to find a way to survive off of what he has on the ship and on the island until help arrives, or rather if it arrives.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Benedict Randhawa

    This book is about Robinson Crusoe and who was born in year 1635 in the city of New York. He had comfortable life but he likes to go on adventure. This adventure changed his life.He was going on ship for London and wind was very strong.His ship was wrecked. He found himself on island. One day he saw a foot print of a man and it change his life. This is great adventure story..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leonard

    The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was a good book. It had a decent backstory and I loved the character. The story telling was great and I loved the simplicity of the writing. The cool things he does and thinks make me love the book a lot. I would definitely recommend this book, easy to read and pretty good.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Medjie Sophie

    I picked this up because it was here on my shelves collecting dust and calling to be read. it's quick and probably more like a summary of Robinsons life as a whole. Suitable for an 8 year old. I have the bigger book and will read it sometimes too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I made the unfortunate mistake of reading this aloud to my 8 year-old. It is so racist and Eurocentric, which I guess is to be expected since it was written in 1719. It has definitely not aged well and there is no reason to keep this book around.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    pulled off the library shelf and started reading

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aden

    it starts out slow but this action packed book gets better and better and better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    One of my favorite books of all time. The shorter kids version loses a lot of its luster but it's still a great story, filled with surprises.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Bookstar

    So bad I couldn’t even finish it. I barley even started it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emmanuel

    definitely not my cup of tea. But as a children's book, it was okay.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clay C. 8

    The outstanding book The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Malvina Vogel is a book about a guy that gets stranded on a island and has to survive. In the beginning Robinson was sailing with his ship mates and then a rapid current comes in and pushes the boat in to a rock so they abort the ship. He gets washed up on shore by him self and has to survive. He goes 20 years with out hearing a voice then his friend Friday comes along he is a Indian that was going to be eaten but gets saved. They live to The outstanding book The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Malvina Vogel is a book about a guy that gets stranded on a island and has to survive. In the beginning Robinson was sailing with his ship mates and then a rapid current comes in and pushes the boat in to a rock so they abort the ship. He gets washed up on shore by him self and has to survive. He goes 20 years with out hearing a voice then his friend Friday comes along he is a Indian that was going to be eaten but gets saved. They live together and find new people that come and save them.This book was really good I liked the plot behind it and the story line. The book never got really slow because he was all ways doing something new. I did not like how he did not tell much about Friday his friend because he was a big part about the story. I liked the voice of the character it was really good and made the book flow better and made it easy to understand. Life lesson is when your stranded work hard to get home. This book is valuable because it is really entertaining and shows that you can live though hard situations. Last Robnson lived on the island for 28 years and still made it home.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yusuf Sahin

    Robinson Crusoe is a smart man. When he gets shipwrecked on an island, he ads many different skills to survive the years he would have been on the isolated island. He hunts, builds his own home, frees prisoners, makes carpentry, makes jars of clay, and even starts a farm! This book I would recommend for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andy_s (Soulja Boy)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is a book about a man named Robinson Crusoe who gets shipwrecked on the way to Africa from Brazil. He gets stranded on a desert island, where he lives for many years. Will he safely get back to civilization? Read the book to find out! The best thing about the book is that Crusoe and Friday (who Crusoe meets on the island) get back safely. Stories with happy endings are always good because then, it wouldn't be interesting. The worst thing about thi The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is a book about a man named Robinson Crusoe who gets shipwrecked on the way to Africa from Brazil. He gets stranded on a desert island, where he lives for many years. Will he safely get back to civilization? Read the book to find out! The best thing about the book is that Crusoe and Friday (who Crusoe meets on the island) get back safely. Stories with happy endings are always good because then, it wouldn't be interesting. The worst thing about this book is the idea of cannibals. I mean, men eating other men can be scary. I hope this never happens in too many other books. The plot in this book is very interesting. From the suspense of the shipwreck to the terror of the cannibals, it's very interesting. The end is also good. As I said earlier, happy endings are wonderful because otherwise, the book would be really saddening, which I wouldn't like. Finally, Crusoe is an interesting character because he shows the ability to survive over 20 years on a remote island.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Damian

    Hey everybody, I'm back with another "Great Illustrated Classics" review. This time it's "Robinson Crusoe", and although I've been giving a lot of four to five star reviews I truly mean them, so don't worry about not getting an honest review. Now, I found this book by accident like I do most of my books but I loved it nonetheless. The book follows the story of a man shipwrecked on an island with no skills in surviving whatsoever with the acceptance of his strength and wits. As he makes a home an Hey everybody, I'm back with another "Great Illustrated Classics" review. This time it's "Robinson Crusoe", and although I've been giving a lot of four to five star reviews I truly mean them, so don't worry about not getting an honest review. Now, I found this book by accident like I do most of my books but I loved it nonetheless. The book follows the story of a man shipwrecked on an island with no skills in surviving whatsoever with the acceptance of his strength and wits. As he makes a home and farm, he dreams of rescue although he loves his island. This story has much action and adventure paced well, although it doesn't seem to show the psychological effect of being on an island by yourself (except for a few pages about being lonely) where i love to see that happen in a book about survival. Although he is well made off from the beginning it still captures the feeling of need for survival very well. That's all for this "Great illustrated Classic" but i'll be sure to do some more in the future. Until next time, read more books!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cole

    1. Robin Crusoe is a classic old tale of a man that sails the seas but then later is shipwrecked on a trading-slave expedition to West Africa. Being the only survivor from the shipwreck, Crusoe has to learn how to survive on his own from gathering food, and finding shelter. He finds himself searching several times at the broken down ship to search for supplies for the will to survive, eventually making the lonely island his home. 2. There is no movie or i havent seen it 3. I would highly recommend 1. Robin Crusoe is a classic old tale of a man that sails the seas but then later is shipwrecked on a trading-slave expedition to West Africa. Being the only survivor from the shipwreck, Crusoe has to learn how to survive on his own from gathering food, and finding shelter. He finds himself searching several times at the broken down ship to search for supplies for the will to survive, eventually making the lonely island his home. 2. There is no movie or i havent seen it 3. I would highly recommend this movie to other people; it is a good classic survival fiction. It tells a good story that is well written. What I really enjoy is that the author can give such good details and descriptions about what is going on; it feels as though you are part of the book. It shows you what Robison Crusoe had to face in order for him to survive and to get back home. I was hooked until the end just to see how everything Robison Crusoe had to go through and what he ended up like.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chase Musick

    This book took the setting of a classic island survival book in which one man soon builds a colony from nothing but what he found. Some of the troubles that he comes across is harsh weather, very boring days, and last but not least savages. I like this book a lot because it puts the reader back in time to see how its like to survive in the old days. You get to see how the he slowly develops the island into his own by becoming day by day more civil. There were some problems with it tho for one it This book took the setting of a classic island survival book in which one man soon builds a colony from nothing but what he found. Some of the troubles that he comes across is harsh weather, very boring days, and last but not least savages. I like this book a lot because it puts the reader back in time to see how its like to survive in the old days. You get to see how the he slowly develops the island into his own by becoming day by day more civil. There were some problems with it tho for one its to basic for my liking. What I mean is that its just like any other island survival book person lands on island, person survives on island, person leaves island alive. But even with that it still stays true to its genre which in my case is good enough.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I guess reading this adaptation will inspire me to read the actual thing. I hope that: 1) Defoe's prose is better than Vogel's. 2) The way Defoe tells the story captures more of the inherent drama of being stranded on a desert island 3) Defoe's treatment of Friday is sufficiently more empathetic so that I can put aside my revisionist-historian revulsion with Crusoe's easy colonialism and racism. I know those were the times, but in Vogel's telling the relationship was starkly master-servant. Crusoe' I guess reading this adaptation will inspire me to read the actual thing. I hope that: 1) Defoe's prose is better than Vogel's. 2) The way Defoe tells the story captures more of the inherent drama of being stranded on a desert island 3) Defoe's treatment of Friday is sufficiently more empathetic so that I can put aside my revisionist-historian revulsion with Crusoe's easy colonialism and racism. I know those were the times, but in Vogel's telling the relationship was starkly master-servant. Crusoe's character therefore lacked the basic humility and gratitude for human companionship one would hope decades of loneliness would engender in one of our cultural icons. Otherwise, why is Crusoe still admirable and relevant to us?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Clay Cordell

    When he discovers the cannibals, he realizes a pattern of them occasionally coming over to the island to eat prisoners. At first he comes to the conclusion that he is just going to kill them. After thinking it through, he realizes that they do not actually know that they are committing a crime. If one of the prisoners ever escapes the cannibals, Crusoe takes him in and teaches him how to read and write, and then makes him a christian. Crusoe sees an English ship that has been taken over. He mak When he discovers the cannibals, he realizes a pattern of them occasionally coming over to the island to eat prisoners. At first he comes to the conclusion that he is just going to kill them. After thinking it through, he realizes that they do not actually know that they are committing a crime. If one of the prisoners ever escapes the cannibals, Crusoe takes him in and teaches him how to read and write, and then makes him a christian. Crusoe sees an English ship that has been taken over. He makes a deal with the captain, and then has a ride back home. At the end, he makes it home alive, and unharmed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diana H.

    Having read this book many years ago, reading the illustrated classics edition brought back many of the reasons why I liked this so much the first time around. Not only is this book an adventurous tale, it also shows what a determined person can do all by him/her self. This is a wonderful edition to read to young children or to let your young readers read by themselves. For older readers, the original tale would definitely be the better option as much greater detail and descriptions are found in Having read this book many years ago, reading the illustrated classics edition brought back many of the reasons why I liked this so much the first time around. Not only is this book an adventurous tale, it also shows what a determined person can do all by him/her self. This is a wonderful edition to read to young children or to let your young readers read by themselves. For older readers, the original tale would definitely be the better option as much greater detail and descriptions are found in the text. Daniel Defoe wrote some wonderful stories like Moll Flanders and Colonel Jack. For me though, Robinson Crusoe is the best of the bunch.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Fhu

    I would highly recommend young kids to read this book as it is a good classic survival fiction. Robin Crusoe is a classic old tale of a man that sails the seas but then later is shipwrecked on a trading-slave expedition to West Africa. Being the only survivor from the shipwreck, Robin has to learn how to survive on his own from gathering food, and finding shelter. He finds himself searching several times at the broken down ship to search for supplies for the will to survive, eventually making th I would highly recommend young kids to read this book as it is a good classic survival fiction. Robin Crusoe is a classic old tale of a man that sails the seas but then later is shipwrecked on a trading-slave expedition to West Africa. Being the only survivor from the shipwreck, Robin has to learn how to survive on his own from gathering food, and finding shelter. He finds himself searching several times at the broken down ship to search for supplies for the will to survive, eventually making the lonely island his home. It give children a understanding that living alone is possible. But they will need to put it effort to achieve it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Khedhar

    A violent storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He alone tries survives and is cast ashore on a deserted island. In this great adventure story of survival and intelligence to survive and flourish against impossible odds. Here is an amazing tale of a young man who overcomes loneliness, tames wild animals, battles ferocious cannibals and dangerous mutineers in a twenty-four year struggle to stay alive. I really enjoyed this book because its just so interesting and the story line about a man w A violent storm at sea destroys Robinson Crusoe's ship. He alone tries survives and is cast ashore on a deserted island. In this great adventure story of survival and intelligence to survive and flourish against impossible odds. Here is an amazing tale of a young man who overcomes loneliness, tames wild animals, battles ferocious cannibals and dangerous mutineers in a twenty-four year struggle to stay alive. I really enjoyed this book because its just so interesting and the story line about a man who survives for twenty four years on doing what ever it takes To survive.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    I've just read an abridged version of this book but I already enjoyed it. How much more when I've read the actual novel? Even though it's an abridged version, it was able to deliver the suspense and thrills the actual novel could offer. I felt the adrenaline of Robinson Crusoe and made me want more. In fact, this book marked my love for adventure series (be it a book or in movies or television). I will read the unabridged version of this novel and I'll prepare myself to more action, adrenaline an I've just read an abridged version of this book but I already enjoyed it. How much more when I've read the actual novel? Even though it's an abridged version, it was able to deliver the suspense and thrills the actual novel could offer. I felt the adrenaline of Robinson Crusoe and made me want more. In fact, this book marked my love for adventure series (be it a book or in movies or television). I will read the unabridged version of this novel and I'll prepare myself to more action, adrenaline and... words (since it's longer). Robinson Crusoe is the best survivor ever!

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