Look what I found. No, it’s not the next title in the WEM list. It’s a collection of classic stories Usborne has illustrated for children. Check out the titles:
- Robin Hood
- Around the World in Eighty Days
- Robinson Crusoe
- The Canterville Ghost
and wait for it…
See why I had to immediately put a library hold on this book?!
This version of Part 1 of Gulliver’s Travels was retold by Gill Harvey and illustrated by Peter Dennis.
Although some adaptations have been made, I think the story truer to Swift’s original than the pop-up book.
Gulliver is transported on a wooden cart to the capital city.
Gulliver's pockets are inspected for dangerous items.
The nobles compete in the game of "Leaping and Creeping".
There are pages devoted to egg debate. Of course Gulliver steals the naval vessals from the people of Blefescu. There’s even an illustration of the fire that Gulliver puts out.
This version has Gulliver throwing “water over the palace to save it.” That’s a small change I prefer. One detail the storyteller did not change is how the nobles want to kill Gulliver or at least blind him at the end of Part 1. Don’t worry. Just like in Swift’s version, Gulliver escapes in a boat and is rescued by people his own size.
I like the Usborne version of Gulliver’s Travels, and I can’t wait until the library informs me that my next hold is ready for pickup.