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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 Moby Dick (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real. i would highly recommend this author and this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob Hoffman

    At times, life’s voyage can be a bit like wading through Moby Dick. Page after page. chapter after chapter, wave after wave. Sometimes there’s great discovery, sometimes ambivalence, sometimes boredom. Every now and then one spots a whale---but where’s the one that haunts you? Where’s the great white one? The author’s study of the whale is exhaustive. He spends three whole chapters on the sperm whale’s head, one on the spout, one on the tail, two on the skeleton, another on ambergris, a substance At times, life’s voyage can be a bit like wading through Moby Dick. Page after page. chapter after chapter, wave after wave. Sometimes there’s great discovery, sometimes ambivalence, sometimes boredom. Every now and then one spots a whale---but where’s the one that haunts you? Where’s the great white one? The author’s study of the whale is exhaustive. He spends three whole chapters on the sperm whale’s head, one on the spout, one on the tail, two on the skeleton, another on ambergris, a substance found in the whale’s intestines. More chapters are spent recounting the history of whaling, explaining the makeup and crew of a whaling ship, and relating the tale of the hunt and collection of sperm oil. Melville’s characters are colorful and provocative. Captains Bildad and Peleg, owners of the Pequod, are “fighting Quakers with a vengeance.” Starbuck, the first mate, has “flesh as hard as twice-baked biscuit.” Queequeeg, the tattooed Kokokovo islander, shaves with a harpoon. Ahab is a one-legged “king of the sea and lord of leviathans”, hell-bent on harpooning the great white whale. And Ishmael is the greenhorn sailor-narrator with a vision for the “vast blue eye of the sea.” I’d had Moby Dick on my reading list long since moving from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic. I won’t pretend that my overdue read of Melville’s big book of the ocean swept me completely off my feet. But, like a long, meditative stroll on the beach, like a luxurious day spent gazing out over its perpetual whitecaps, it sure did captivate me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Nielsen

    Everyone should have the opportunity to read this version of Moby Dick by candle light, in one sitting, and in front of a roaring fire while a 142 mph windstorm rages outside! My kids were hanging on every word and we all lost ourselves in the whaling adventure. The original unabridged version of Moby Dick is very informative but I remember it containing so much whaling detail and being so dry in some parts that I thought it was both one of my favorite stories and one that I would never pick up Everyone should have the opportunity to read this version of Moby Dick by candle light, in one sitting, and in front of a roaring fire while a 142 mph windstorm rages outside! My kids were hanging on every word and we all lost ourselves in the whaling adventure. The original unabridged version of Moby Dick is very informative but I remember it containing so much whaling detail and being so dry in some parts that I thought it was both one of my favorite stories and one that I would never pick up again. Want to re-visit a classic without having to feel self discipline kick in when you want to put it down? Read an illustrated classic :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Rivera

    Moby dick is a story about a schoolmaster named ishmel who goes to the sea when he feels the need to heal himself spiritually. This time he decides to go whaling instead of going to a normal boat. On his way he meets a canibal indian named queegueg who becomes his best friend. They both go to a ship with a ragher strange captain. He has an obsession with finding and killing the whale that stripped him of his leg, moby dick, or the white whale. The two pals decide to join the crew, will they find Moby dick is a story about a schoolmaster named ishmel who goes to the sea when he feels the need to heal himself spiritually. This time he decides to go whaling instead of going to a normal boat. On his way he meets a canibal indian named queegueg who becomes his best friend. They both go to a ship with a ragher strange captain. He has an obsession with finding and killing the whale that stripped him of his leg, moby dick, or the white whale. The two pals decide to join the crew, will they find and kill moby dick or will they die trying. Find out in moby dick.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    This book taught meand showed how hard everything was back then because the sailors had to sail miles and miles getting sick and living on a ship made out of wood filled with sickness and sometimes people die and this shows me to be grateful on how travels are so much safer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Austin C

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Classic Fiction novel, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, that was publicized in 2012 takes place in many different oceans (Indian Sea, Pacific Ocean etc.) in the 1850's. The main character named Ishamael started off with very little money. He then decides that he might want to join a whaling ship. One night he decides to stay in a hotel room. Little did he know the hotel's rooms were all full so his only choice was to share a room with someone named Queequeg. Ishamael and Queequeg became friends The Classic Fiction novel, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, that was publicized in 2012 takes place in many different oceans (Indian Sea, Pacific Ocean etc.) in the 1850's. The main character named Ishamael started off with very little money. He then decides that he might want to join a whaling ship. One night he decides to stay in a hotel room. Little did he know the hotel's rooms were all full so his only choice was to share a room with someone named Queequeg. Ishamael and Queequeg became friends. Queequeg ends up believing that him and Ishamael will be lifetime friends. Then they both go on a search to find a whale ship that they can both join. They join a whaling ship called the Pequod. The captain of the Pequod is named Ahab. Ahab has a fake leg because he once was trying to kill Moby Dick (a whale) and during the fight Moby Dick took Ahab's leg. Since that day Ahab has been determined to find and kill Moby Dick. Ahab tells the whole crew what Moby Dick looks like and offers a reward to whoever kills him. A few days into their 3 year trip the crew finally spot and kills their first whale. Throughout the course of their trip they kill about 6-9 whales, none of them being Moby Dick. One day they see in sight a whale that looks kind of like Moby Dick. As they get better sight of the whale they realize that it is Moby Dick. They start battling to kill Moby Dick, eventually he gets away! The whole night goes by with no sign of Moby Dick. That very next morning the crew sights Moby Dick again. During this next battle the crew is so determined to kill Moby Dick...finally Moby Dick charges at the Pequod and bashes through part of the ship to send the boat to slowly sink. Only one will survive the sinking of the Pequod, who will it be Ahab or Ishamael. I recommend this book to people that like having cliff hangers at the end of some chapters. Also to people that like books with a lot of action.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fabiola V

    Waaayy different than I expected. I can say it was still a good reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I read this with my son, as I thought he would appreciate the story, but would not be able to handle Melville's cetological masterpiece just yet (not for many more years), with its long discussions of whales and nautical terms. Of course, the writing doesn't stack up to Melville's classic, but I still enjoyed the storyline and my son said it was his favorite book that we've read to date (of course he says that almost every time we finish a new book).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Enjoyable book. Personally it was a bit too easy and very boring. It seemed like nothing was ever happening. You are taken along the journey for the seek of the Great White Whale Moby dick, who had been the cause to many unfortunate injuries. The book just goes on about tales of the captain and the short struggles that they seek. The ending is terrible and i was glad to be finished with that never ending dull book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Scott Pinkmountain

    AHHH! This book rules. Like Shakespeare pointing at james Joyce at a maritime-themed cocktail party. Holy shit.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sonja Adams

    I read this with my 7-year old. She enjoyed it a lot more than I thought she would. After reading this version she said when she is older she wants to read the "grown up" version. I call this a win.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cody Kutz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Moby Dick By: Cody Kutz That it is about how they go on a 3 year trip in the ocean killing whales and taking the oil out of them because it is liquid gold and they want to kill Moby Dick because of how big it is and how much oil it would have in its head. The two main characters are Queequeg who is a cannibal who is a harpooner, and Ishmael become friends and then he backs him up when they don’t want him on the boat because of he a cannibal and then Ishmael backs him up so that he can go on a tri Moby Dick By: Cody Kutz That it is about how they go on a 3 year trip in the ocean killing whales and taking the oil out of them because it is liquid gold and they want to kill Moby Dick because of how big it is and how much oil it would have in its head. The two main characters are Queequeg who is a cannibal who is a harpooner, and Ishmael become friends and then he backs him up when they don’t want him on the boat because of he a cannibal and then Ishmael backs him up so that he can go on a trip with them because nobody really knew anybody. That they went fishing but for a lot bigger of a thing and when I go fishing I normally catch things that are a pound give or take and they are going for a whale that weight multiple tons and they use shears and I use Rod and Reel. That they encounter Moby Dick sending people overboard and then he causes a whirlpool that pulls all the people that fell out of the boat underwater were only a few will survive and the rest will die. That they go on an adventure through the ocean trying to look for whales that they can take the oil from and then become filthy rich. Yeah, I feel like I had the connection with the characters in the book because they were risking their lives to catch whales kind of like when I go into a spot where I’m fishing because no matter where you are you always run the risk of injury or even worse death. That I feel like I would go on a huge fishing trip for maybe a mouth but there is no way I could stay on a boat with people that I don’t know for three years and also I wouldn’t go stabbing whales because knowing these days it is highly illegal to do to the huge decline in all of the whale species in the world. Yeah, that people are still killing whales in the world because they want them still for the oil and the meat and they also want them for the ivory that the jaw is made out of due to the huge incline of the price for Ivory on the black market. It reminds me of the books that are created by the tv series whale wars and it tells you all about the sad truth of the reason why people still kill a whale in this day and age. That my most favorite part was how Ishmael a strong Christian backs up a cannibal and lies for him he is a part of the same religion as him so that he could be a part of the three-year journey in the ocean. That I think he did a really good job at making all the word in the book carry and have a lot of meaning behind them all But I think it would have been better if he would be made it shorter because he keeps the same topic going for way too long and it would have been better if he would have summed things up a little bit. I would recommend it to people that like to read about adventure and exploration and that they would be okay with the book bringing up the deaths of people who were chasing a whale and they also have to be okay with the death of whales.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aidan K. 8

    The Illustrated Classic Moby Dick By Shirley Bogart, is about a big albino baby whale named Moby Dick and the hunter Captain Ahab. Captain Ahab is hunting Moby Dick because Moby Dick took something of Captain Ahab's. Captain Ahab starts a trip and needs volunteers to go on board with him to hunt down Moby Dick. I really like this book because it follows the story and adds stuff to it to make it more hooking and interesting. It is the classic but cut down into a small book. What I didn't like abo The Illustrated Classic Moby Dick By Shirley Bogart, is about a big albino baby whale named Moby Dick and the hunter Captain Ahab. Captain Ahab is hunting Moby Dick because Moby Dick took something of Captain Ahab's. Captain Ahab starts a trip and needs volunteers to go on board with him to hunt down Moby Dick. I really like this book because it follows the story and adds stuff to it to make it more hooking and interesting. It is the classic but cut down into a small book. What I didn't like about this book was it dragged on throughout the book which made it really slow. I think the life lesson is don't get revenge or your revenge will backfire.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I tried to read Moby Dick several times, but never could get very far. My 9 year old grandson had just read this illustrated child's version. I picked it up so I we could talk about it. It seemed to me the story is a bit grim for a child since everyone dies but the narrator, but Hayden said it was a "pretty good adventure" so I guess Ms. Bogart has modified it to be suitable for children. The biggest quibble I have is with it was the illustrations of Queequeg. While the text indicates that his t I tried to read Moby Dick several times, but never could get very far. My 9 year old grandson had just read this illustrated child's version. I picked it up so I we could talk about it. It seemed to me the story is a bit grim for a child since everyone dies but the narrator, but Hayden said it was a "pretty good adventure" so I guess Ms. Bogart has modified it to be suitable for children. The biggest quibble I have is with it was the illustrations of Queequeg. While the text indicates that his tattoos were complex, the illustration is of a man with uniform square polka-dots covering his body. He looks clownish.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    Moby dick was an action packed book, with twists, turns and some refrences to other stories. There are beautiful illustrations in the book, so that it further clarifies the character, and helps you put a face on the voices. The book is about an infamous whale that seems to be escaping the grasp of whale hunters. A specific captain, named Captain Ahab was hunting the whale for ages. It seems he is very upset that Moby bit off his leg, and left Ahab with a peg leg. Ahab as it turns out was similar Moby dick was an action packed book, with twists, turns and some refrences to other stories. There are beautiful illustrations in the book, so that it further clarifies the character, and helps you put a face on the voices. The book is about an infamous whale that seems to be escaping the grasp of whale hunters. A specific captain, named Captain Ahab was hunting the whale for ages. It seems he is very upset that Moby bit off his leg, and left Ahab with a peg leg. Ahab as it turns out was similar to Ahab from the bible. As it turns out, the book ends up sharing many similarities to the bible, not only with the names, but also the story of the people in the bible.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I would give Moby Dick a 4 stars out of 5 stars. This book is about a crew on a ship trying to catch a whale called Moby Dick. Yet this book is very exciting and makes you want to keep reading. However the ending isn't very satisfying, it seems like there was no resolution. Besides that the book was very exciting and I thought the characters were very intresting to read about but they were still realistic. Overall this was a good book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    SARAH ADAMS

    The Pequod leaves Nantucket on Christmas Day for the Pacific, and along its journey, the narrator introduces the reader to quite a few of the ship’s members. Starbuck is the chief mate, Stubb, the second mate, and Flask, the third. There are also three harpooners: Queequeg, Tashtego, and Daggoo. The narrator not only describes the crew but also provides a lot of information about sperm whales and how they are spotted and hunted.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I have a friend who is a retired English teacher. Moby Dick is her all-time favorite book. I've never taken the time to read it. When my niece got this version, I decided to read it, too. Now I know the basics of the story. And now I'm more curious as to why this is Nancy's favorite. I suspect I'm missing some deeper meanings. Maybe one deeper meaning is that revenge kills everyone in its path.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I think this was a really easy book, but so much more engaging than the original. The original gets so caught up in details it becomes rather boring, however this version brings everything straight to the point without any excess information.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Cox

    This book was a horrible book or to me it was. It was boring reading it. I just wanted to be done with it . It bored me so much.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

    It was a really good book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hilery

    Read this with my 10 year old son. We both enjoyed it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Keating

    This series is a big hit with my little readers. Also: Percy Jackson, The Hardy Boys, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Naria and all the rest...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sam Weigert

    Same as the other Great Illustrated Classics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    This is an adapted and abridged version of the original. It was a very good and easy read. I found it hard reading the whale killing scenes. They are Very brutal.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heffalump Army

    it the distinction of being the only book I was ever assigned in school that I could not force myself to read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Violet Bleger

    Another amazing classic. This book was a total thriller from beginning to end. I will admit, I cheered for Moby Dick at the end. I was glad when Ahab finally died. Overall, great classic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cha

    Unabridged is next! Im glad we have this in our shelves— good wording and illustrations for young readers

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam Carlson

    My son is fascinated by the story. But the story itself is quite grim for young audiences. It's a hard enough book as an adult to get the themes. Young readers will miss much until they are older.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    A god. Yet another way to enlightenment.

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