The Watsons Go to Birmingham
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
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Annotation: Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #5549203
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Mature Content Mature Content
Publisher: Swan Books
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Pages: 21
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7675-0320-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7675-0320-4
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The Classics Illustrated series provides readers who haven't yet read the literary classics directly with a graphic-novel introduction to the plot, characters, action, and even the language employed in their telling. This volume is so faithful to Shelley's account of the man-made sentient being that the "monster" doesn't even appear until a third of the way through. For contemporary children who associate the name Frankenstein solely with the monster fit for a Halloween costume rather than with the guilt-plagued doctor who created him, this may be a bit of a wait. The artwork in the beginning, while richly colored and detailed with period costume and European and arctic scenery, serves as simple illustration rather than being vital to understanding the proceedings. When the mostly silent, watchful creature enters the story, however, the images become much more essentially engaged with the narrative. In the end, perhaps the best audience for this is the child who already knows the Shelley version but has a visual orientation toward the world of narrative.
Horn Book
Weinberg retains the skeleton of Shelley's plot but sacrifices all complexity of motivation and her thoughtful exploration of what it means to be civilized or even human. Instead, this volume is a fast-paced story of terror and revenge. Barr's illustrations are, unfortunately, indebted to film visions of the monster complete with neck bolts.
Word Count: 75,380
Reading Level: 12.0
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 12.4 / points: 17.0 / quiz: 533 / grade: Upper Grades

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