So, I've finally read a Jules Verne book. And I have to say, I am unimpressed. It's like he had a encyclopedia of ocean life next to him and regurgita...moreSo, I've finally read a Jules Verne book. And I have to say, I am unimpressed. It's like he had a encyclopedia of ocean life next to him and regurgitated it back to me with a bit of story to wrap it up. The story was interesting, but page after page of description of undersea life was, frankly, overdone and boring. I enjoy descriptions, loving the imagery painted in my mind by authors such as Tolkien. But Verne doesn't use common vernacular to describe his scenery, he uses all scientific terms. So I spent a good deal of time looking up various terms while reading this book, which would make it ideal for reading while studying marine biology. But it was not at all pleasant to read for enjoyment.(less)
We just finished this book as a family. The story is written very clearly, so that the children were able to make pictures of what was happening easil...moreWe just finished this book as a family. The story is written very clearly, so that the children were able to make pictures of what was happening easily in their heads. They enjoyed the adventures that Stuart went on, but couldn't get over the fact that it was just 'weird' for a human to have a mouse for a baby. They also didn't like the ending much, as it was our first introduction as a family to open-ended stories. They argued a bit afterwards about what have must happened, until I convinced them that could have their own individual ideas of what happens. I think this book might appeal to boys more than girls, as my girls thought some of the things Stuart does are just odd. They also didn't like how often we were introduced to a new character and then have them disappear just as we were starting to really get interested in them.
Over all, a good book. Probably one we will read again when our babies are old enough to listen.(less)
My 5th grader ate this book up, as has been fairly common with most people in the world as evidenced by it's popularity. My daughter had not shown muc...moreMy 5th grader ate this book up, as has been fairly common with most people in the world as evidenced by it's popularity. My daughter had not shown much interest in reading the series until she was told that she would not be allowed to see any movies past the third one until she'd read the books and passed her 13th year. As she is just barely 11 now, I guess she wanted a head start so that she'd be able to watch all the movies by the time she turns 13. I am actually hoping she slows down a bit, because I don't really want her reading past the third book until she is 12, just because some of the themes in the later books are darker. I have read the entire HP series and quite enjoyed them, so I find it fun to have my daughter reading it and enjoying it, too. Gives us something else to relate on and talk about together.(less)