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First published in 1726, Jonathan Swift's classic adventure story has long been a favourite with adults and children alike. This magnificent edition contains all four of Gulliver's extraordinary voyages. Travel to Lilliput. land of the small, Brobdingnag, land of giants, to Laputa, where inhabitants need to be hit on the head with sticks to remind them to talk; Glubbdubdri ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 4th 2006 by Walker, (first published February 3rd 2005)
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Gerry
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lemuel Gulliver had been stowed away within the covers of one of my books on my shelves since I first read 'Gulliver's Travels' as a youngster. That is until I spotted this delightfully illustrated and retold version of his travels in a bookshop last week; the illustrations are so marvellous I just couldn't resist it ... and then it suddenly got to the top of my 7,000+ to read pile!

Born in Nottinghamshire but living quietly in his south London home Lemuel took a post as a ship's surgeon on the '
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son.

I've been looking for a *good* children's version of Gulliver's Travels for many years and have finally found the perfect version that I will recommend to anyone wanting to read this book for enjoyment. I love Gulliver's Travels; it is a wonderful story *but* I do not like the original version. Yes, I've read the original book, start to finish. Now I'm usually all about reading the original versions of classics but Gulliver is different. First of all Swif
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Tiffany
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Great illustrations in this abridged version of Gulliver's Travels. The text seems to stay true to the spirit of the original while making the story more interesting and appropriate for kids. ...more
joan
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
no he leído cosa más aburrida en mi vida
Alaina Sloo
A wonderful graphic novel-style illustrated Gulliver's Travels. ...more
Sasha
Dec 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: books-i-own
Incredibly fun illustrated kid's version of Gulliver's Travels! ...more
Clare
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic retelling of Jonathan Swift’s famous story told perfect for a modern audience, enhanced by Chris Riddell’s fabulous illustrations. I really enjoying reading this with my daughter.
Joanna
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy
I've never read Gulliver's Travels, so I have no idea how this adaptation compares to the original. I thoroughly enjoyed the snarky and tongue-in-cheek voice of this adaptation. I hadn't realized Gulliver's Travels had so much social commentary in it, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. The numerous locales he visited and his adventures in them were enjoyable by themselves in their quirky and often nonsensical ways, which were only heightened and exaggerated in the wonderfully imaginative and c ...more
Marike
Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver – retorld by Martin Jenkins illustrated by Chris Riddell

A birthday gift. A beautiful book. Of course in some sense we know Gulliver from children’s stories and then there’s the real book by Swift which is not a children’s story at all.

I remember a lecturere saying, what does it say about our culture – that we turn a text critical of our values, a satirial piece, into a children’s tale? I also remember as a student being impressed with the sense of context of a text – w
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Tricia
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
I've never read the original Gulliver's Travels. I had the stereotypical image of this story: Gulliver, lying on a beach, tied up by the diminutive Lilliputians. So i was surprised to find that his travels went far beyond Lilliput, and that he experienced a number of distinctive cultures.

I doubt I would have understood all the themes and deeper meanings behind the encounters had I not read about that online. I don't think this abridged/retold beautifully-illustrated version was to blame, though
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Claudia
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My two year old enjoys this book very much. The story is still to much for him, but this edition of the book has detailed ilustrations in every page! As we read the story, our two year old admires the ilustrations which are also telling the same story. He sits still and takes it all in. We love this book!
Great detail ilustration!
Ops! not sure if the review is specific for editions. Therefore the edition I'm refering too is the Candlewick Ilustrated Classic, ilustrated by Chris Rinddell.
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Cindi
Apr 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I was reading this to the kids in April or May. I have wanted to read Gulliver and thought this illustrated, simplified story for kids might be interesting. I didn't like the illustrations farther along in the book, nor did I particularly care about the story. I decided that we might read about real travels and do better (at least than this version of Gulliver!) ...more
Mary
I wish the version I'd read in Brit Lit had come with these graphic illustrations.
Caoimhe is hooked on this and I'm waiting for her to ask if the Lilliputians and the Munchkins were related. I'd put money that the question is coming.
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Stacie
This is actually a re-read. Sunshine really liked it the first time, so wanted to read it again. Strangely enough, it is the most enjoyable reading of Swift I have ever done! The pictures in it are also very beautiful.
Marie-Anne
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Both horrible and awful, getting increasingly worse toward the end. Don't read this. Especially don't read this to a child. Especially don't read this version and don't look at the illustrations, which are also horrible and awful. Just don't. ...more
The Styling Librarian
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver Retold by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Riddell - I simply loved this adaptation. My son and I read this together over the past few months. Often in the book I was surprised by what I read aloud.
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Relyn
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Relyn by: Family Fun magazine
The illustrations were wonderful in this version of the book. It was also a good bit more accessible to kids. What I can't escape is that I never really did like this story anyway. But. If you do love this story, this would be a great one to share with your children. ...more
Anastasia
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
AWESOME ILLUSTRATIONS!

Moves along pretty fast, nice quick catch-up with timeless classic. I'd forgotten there were all those other places he'd gone to beside Lilliput and the land of giants.

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Daniel
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gulliver visits many different countrues, not just Lilliput.
Nojood Alsudairi
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It is simply marvelous!
Annie Feighery
This retelling has amazing illustrations. I'm reading it with the children and they love it. The book makes for a very interesting commentary on Colonial England. ...more
Wilde Sky
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A man recounts he travels to strange lands.

I found this book interesting and poignant – it made some good / moral points. The illustrations were great.
Misty
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
abridged, but not too abridged. beautiful fantastic illustrations!
Levi
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious and engrossing.
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Elizabeth Beverley
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading to my son, this adaption has amazing illustrations. It reads aloud well.
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Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including Ape, Grandma Elephant’s in Charge, The Emperor’s Egg, and Chameleons Are Cool. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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