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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 Great Expectations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tiana Nguyen

    This book was great. It had lots of misery and unexplained mysteries. During the book, things started to fit together, like puzzle pieces. There was some deaths and broken hearts. I also enjoyed reading about the stories of the characters in the book. It helped me learn more about them and understand their emotions better. I loved reading this wonderful story that the author wrote.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Jerry

    LIBRARIAN: Did you know that you have Great Expectations? SMITTEN GUY: No; how did you know that? LIBRARIAN: You checked it out last week. -- Early Edition (Every time I hear any reference to the original Dickens work, I'm reminded of that.) Most of Dickens' works are very long; it's very hard to condense them into a kid-friendly package. This one does an amicable job, though I'm not 100% familiar with the original. The illustrations suit the story very well. This adaptation is obviously old, though, LIBRARIAN: Did you know that you have Great Expectations? SMITTEN GUY: No; how did you know that? LIBRARIAN: You checked it out last week. -- Early Edition (Every time I hear any reference to the original Dickens work, I'm reminded of that.) Most of Dickens' works are very long; it's very hard to condense them into a kid-friendly package. This one does an amicable job, though I'm not 100% familiar with the original. The illustrations suit the story very well. This adaptation is obviously old, though, as the word "gay" is used to mean happy. Still, fans of kiddie literature will definitely enjoy this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Candi Hadley

    I picked this up from the Free Little Library at my son's school. I remembered having supposedly read it in high school, but couldn't recall anything about it. I was excited to find a "classic" in there, but realized when I opened it that it was the illustrated adaptation. Oh well. I decided to go ahead and read it anyway. I think I know now why I don't remember the story. I probably didn't read it as a teen because it was boring. The characters in this version completely lacked depth. The plot m I picked this up from the Free Little Library at my son's school. I remembered having supposedly read it in high school, but couldn't recall anything about it. I was excited to find a "classic" in there, but realized when I opened it that it was the illustrated adaptation. Oh well. I decided to go ahead and read it anyway. I think I know now why I don't remember the story. I probably didn't read it as a teen because it was boring. The characters in this version completely lacked depth. The plot moved along very quickly without events that would have tied it together or helped it make sense. I still don't know why things happened, and I'll probably never find out, as this version definitely did not inspire me to read the original.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Becky H.

    This version of the classic Great Expectations caught my eye as a great way to review a classic. However, as I was reading it I realized that perhaps I had never finished the original. This is a great condensed version that is perfect for the younger reader to discover Pip and learn from his life. #50/50BookQuest categories= book you can read in a day, a classic, and a book set in the past.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Haley

    It was a great shorter version of Great Expectations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wasn't sure if I'd read it but there's a bookmark in it! Youth adaptation. Studied it further in high school.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Veronika

    Amazing illustrations for a interesting read on a classic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    A classic that was very well adapted for young readers. For parents who might want to introduce Dickens to their younger children, this would be an excellent book to start with.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Kyle W.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Let me make something clear. This book is amazing. That being said, this is purely a list of what I found wrong with the book. First of all, though Dickens says great things in great ways, his voice for doing so is not and frankly, I found it rather dull. I'm taking into account the fact that this was written in a different time, but even so, I find it to be more of a problem with Dicken's own writing voice rather than the voice of that era when compared to other writers of the time. I will say Let me make something clear. This book is amazing. That being said, this is purely a list of what I found wrong with the book. First of all, though Dickens says great things in great ways, his voice for doing so is not and frankly, I found it rather dull. I'm taking into account the fact that this was written in a different time, but even so, I find it to be more of a problem with Dicken's own writing voice rather than the voice of that era when compared to other writers of the time. I will say that the one main plus of his writing voice is that it is often subtle and dry, something which is very appreciated. Next, the "romance" between Pip and Estella. I have never been one much for romance but this is so forced it's insane. Pip is a very good character. I like him. He is very fleshed out as a protagonist. He seems to understand people quite well. Which begs the question: Why the Hell does he love this person? Seriously, Estella is a horrible sexist who openly states to Pip that she wants to ruin his life and everyone else's. And Pip is aware of this, he just seems to not care. Eventually she states that she does want to be with Pip, but only after her husband abuses and beats her bloody getting himself arrested, she has nowhere to go and Pip is in possession of a large amount of money. That is not love. You can even clearly see her motives through her words. And Pip is still aware, he just keeps "being in love." This is not love. This is lust. That is the only thing it could possibly be. The only positive traitknown about Estella is her beauty. Is this what Pip wants? All this trouble for this? There are MANY other reasons why this is horrible, but you should just read it yourself. Seriously, without all these, this book would be amazing. But because of a dull writing voice and a forced one sided romance with no chemistry, this book gets my 4 out of 5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It is the condensed version adapted by Mitsu Yamamoto. The story is very complex and there are many details and parts to it. The plot is about a boy named Pip and his adventures through his life from age seven to his forties. As a boy, Pip helps an escaped convict by bringing him food. Then, one day he is invited to the old and very wealthy woman, Miss Havisham’s large mansion, to play with her daughter, Estella. After that, Pip’s life changes fore I read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It is the condensed version adapted by Mitsu Yamamoto. The story is very complex and there are many details and parts to it. The plot is about a boy named Pip and his adventures through his life from age seven to his forties. As a boy, Pip helps an escaped convict by bringing him food. Then, one day he is invited to the old and very wealthy woman, Miss Havisham’s large mansion, to play with her daughter, Estella. After that, Pip’s life changes forever. In time, he becomes a gentleman, has money, moves to London, and learns the dark secrets about his family, friends. Pip also learns that his benefactor(sponsor) in London, whom is giving Pip money, is a criminal. The story reminds me of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Hugo is an orphan boy who gets a hold of this mangled automaton who can write. He steals from a grumpy toy merchant for pieces to complete the automaton. As the story progresses, Hugo meets friends and he learns the dark secrets behind the automaton and the toy merchant. The tales are very similar because the plots are very complex and their are many different stories woven into one and many of the characters influence each other greatly. Both of these stories contain moving parts. I recommend this book to people who enjoy stories like Into The Woods(Disney Movie), Haunted Mansion(also Disney), The Marvels(Brian Selznick) and Hugo Cabret(Brian Selznick). Great Expectations can get confusing, I had to reread some parts.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Kent Kirker

    The first time I saw this book was in my high school library in Coshocton, Ohio. I had stumbled across the section of Dickens books, "The Tale of Two Cities", "Oliver Twist", "David Copperfield", and there it was, the thick bound "Great Expectations". I remember grabbing the copy of Copperfield and skimming through it to try and get a feeling of what it was about. At the time I had a growing distaste for Shakespeare, (which I still have), I find him dry and hard to get into. Dickens was another The first time I saw this book was in my high school library in Coshocton, Ohio. I had stumbled across the section of Dickens books, "The Tale of Two Cities", "Oliver Twist", "David Copperfield", and there it was, the thick bound "Great Expectations". I remember grabbing the copy of Copperfield and skimming through it to try and get a feeling of what it was about. At the time I had a growing distaste for Shakespeare, (which I still have), I find him dry and hard to get into. Dickens was another classic English author who I lumped alongside Shakespeare, and that left a dry taste in my mouth, so I moved on. I'd seen some renditions of Dickens through television and cinema, but I had rarely read any of his actual work. Since that time, I have read a lot of his work, and some of his stories have stuck with me for years. When I saw this version of the book I figured why pass it up this time? In sum, it's a pretty simple contemporary realistic fiction drama. It follows the life of Pip and his great expectations for his life. Starting with his life as a young boy living with a common family and extending to his life as the distinguished middle-aged gentleman. A few unexpected twists and some poignant scenes draw it together. For anyone who enjoys tales of rags to riches and self-worth, two themes prevalent in Dickens work, you will find this will whet, maybe even satisfy your appetite! For me it kind of felt short.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia Nichole

    Okay, okay; I'll admit that I haven't read the original. This version, however, was in my younger sister's “book bag,” and I was bored. Now, on to the quality of the story. I felt as though this book were a little rushed—noticeably so. It's as if the narration itself said, after every plot point, “All right; now that that one's out of the way, let's move on.” At times, the story felt disconnected and juvenile (but, hey; this is a kid's adaption, and I am out of the target range, so why am I comp Okay, okay; I'll admit that I haven't read the original. This version, however, was in my younger sister's “book bag,” and I was bored. Now, on to the quality of the story. I felt as though this book were a little rushed—noticeably so. It's as if the narration itself said, after every plot point, “All right; now that that one's out of the way, let's move on.” At times, the story felt disconnected and juvenile (but, hey; this is a kid's adaption, and I am out of the target range, so why am I complaining?). Otherwise, I did enjoy the idea and basic plot of the story. I mean, a lady who spends every day in her wedding dress because her ex-fiancé left her? Hauntingly tragic, if not beautiful, to show how her then-innocent heart was broken so cruelly and how her life changed because of one person's decision. Soooo…that's that. And I think I'll probably read Great Expectations soon. Toodledo.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This book is excellent ONLY if you're okay with the willing suspension of disbelief. There are so many coincidences and contrivances, it's amazing that in the tiny, backwater hamlet of...London...the same 10 people keep running into each other. But Dickens is superb in his prose and imagery. Some of my favorite examples: "Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts." "I was always treated as if I had insisted on This book is excellent ONLY if you're okay with the willing suspension of disbelief. There are so many coincidences and contrivances, it's amazing that in the tiny, backwater hamlet of...London...the same 10 people keep running into each other. But Dickens is superb in his prose and imagery. Some of my favorite examples: "Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts." "I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born, in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuading arguments of my best friends." "I know that Fortune alone has raised me, that is being very lucky. And yet, when I think of Estella--then, my dear Herbert, I cannot tell you how dependent and uncertain I feel. I may still say that on the constancy of one person (naming no person) all my expectations depend. And at the best, how indefinite and unsatisfactory, only to know so vaguely what they are!"

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I probably last read this book when I was 15 or 16 years old, and I think I liked it better than (I downgraded from 4 stars to 3). It is down-to-earth and charming as only Dickens can be, but I think that I matured out of the angst and heartbreak that the story rotates around. In particular, I remember being most moved by Estella and poor Pip's heartbreak and dashed expectations... this time around, not nearly so much. Perhaps I'm just getting old and don't so well remember the angst of youth :- I probably last read this book when I was 15 or 16 years old, and I think I liked it better than (I downgraded from 4 stars to 3). It is down-to-earth and charming as only Dickens can be, but I think that I matured out of the angst and heartbreak that the story rotates around. In particular, I remember being most moved by Estella and poor Pip's heartbreak and dashed expectations... this time around, not nearly so much. Perhaps I'm just getting old and don't so well remember the angst of youth :-)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I found this on my book shelf and decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the story very much and she it was rushed, I'm okay with skipping 400 pages of prose to get the gist of one of the Classics.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I had been reading the actual version so long I decided to get it off my list by reading the Great Illustrated Children's version. I loved the PBS special a few years back and that's when I decided to read it. I found the book laborious and difficult to stick with.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I love these Illustrated Classics! The pictures really draw me back to that day/time and into the action. I can see how these would help kids to appreciate the stories. Only $3 at Michael's and then I donate them. I'm heading to Amazon to get the original now :-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Carlo Artiaga

    This book was light and easy to read, as well as thoughtful and rich. This was probably the easiest to read of the classics I've tried. Good works of fiction make you root for the characters, and in this case I did. Charles Dickens deserves his honor indeed. PS I liked the ending. :)

  19. 3 out of 5

    Lisa Wells

    Maybe it was too long ago....but I thought it was too slow

  20. 3 out of 5

    Kara Larson

    Read this to Kate. I think she got some of it... we'll have to read it again together in the future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    JohnyJava

    I absoloutley loved the book if I could give this version 150000000000000000 stars I would

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    It's just that I hated Pip. And it was depressing.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Swati

    Great One!! Slow and dragging at times but inspirational none the less.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read this a long time ago as a kid, but decided to pick it up again since I needed a quick read. I liked it just as much as I liked it as a kid!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Thurby

    This is book has pictures and text. I would like to read the actually novel. This verson was anazing.you got to know all the characters.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Megan

    I have never, ever, ever hated a book so much. Ever. I wish I could give it zero stars. One of the two times I ever got in trouble in school...I fell asleep watching this movie in class...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cws

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

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