Book review: Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly, by Scott Nash

Nash, Scott.  Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly.  Candlewick Press, 2016.  $15.99.  ISBN 9780763669720.  40p. Ages 8+.  Q8P7

Nash Shrunken TreasuresI would not have thought “The Odyssey” could be condensed into a 2 page ditty with colorful pictures, but I was wrong!  What intrigued me the most about this book is I wanted to see if the author could summarize a classic novel and make it kid friendly.  If the vocabulary isn’t always kid friendly (for the most part it is), the pictures are, and there is a generous amount of humor and silliness, “No wussie was Ulysses”.  At the end of the book the author provides a brief description of the book and/or author he based his stories off of, so the reader can get some background information on the classic novel.  Worth the read and hopefully the children and adults who read this book will venture on to the original!

June 2016 review by Terri Lippert.

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