Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Illustrated by Alice Pattullo)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Illustrated by Alice Pattullo)

Review by Shwetha H S

Genre: Classic, Drama, Illustrated version
ISBN: 978163159076
Imprint: Rockport Publishers, USA.

To read about Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and its graphic novel version, click here. To get a review of the illustrated version by Alice Pattullo with Rockport Publishers, read on.

To misinterpret a classic is one thing and to ruin the enjoyment of a classic is another. And Rockport Publishers have succeeded in ruining the pleasure of reading this illustrated version of theirs by gaudy illustrations by Alice Pattullo and horrible editing and spelling mistakes. Did the publishers not have an in-house editor or could they not hire one? Here is a list, but non exhaustive, of mistakes that can easily be found in the book:

  • Keep keep instead of keep
  • Me instead of my
  • Combinationa
  • Coining instead of coming
  • Ouly instead of only

Don’t waste your money on this illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice. The illustrations will haunt you. Not worth feeling bad about a classic as great as this work by Jane Austen.

What’s Neema Eating Today? by Bijal Vachharajani (Illustrations by Priya Kuriyan)

What’s Neema Eating Today? by Bijal Vachharajani (Illustrations by Priya Kuriyan)

Review by Shwetha H S

Genre: Children
Imprint: Pratham Books

What’s Neema Eating Today? is a children’s book by Bijal Vachharajani with illustrations by Priya Kurian. It is a book that tells kids as well as adults on what to eat according to different seasons. Not only the names of tasty fruits and vegetables, the illustrations also make the book all more enjoyable. The colourful pictures will definitely make kids want to eat fruits and vegetables, especially the Neema gobbles her food in the illustrations. Apart from foods, the book also explains about different season. So, this book is good for kids, and also to adults who want to read to their kids. The author and illustrator of the book needs a huge round of applause for not using a fair skinned girl to depict Neema.

If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece by Carole P Roman (Illustrations by Mateya Arkova)

If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece by Carole P Roman (Illustrations by Mateya Arkova)

Review by Shwetha H S

Genre: Children Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781523234295
Imprint: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, SC

Carole P Roman is children book author and is known for her series of books “If You Were Me and Lived In…” showcasing life in different countries and also different eras. Illustrations are by Mateya Arkova and her illustrations are cute and splendid at the same time.

If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece belongs to the same series of children books by Carole P Roman. As the name suggests, the author tells the readers, children or adults, how their lives would be in ancient Greece. Starting with how Greece would have looked back then, where it is located, which era, what common names, democracy, Mount Olympus, gods and goddesses, cities and states, wars, households and family hierarchy to food and beverages, occupations, education, clothes, jewellery, hair, markets, trade, the Olympics, philosophers and Alexander the Great. The rich heritage of Greece in Western civilization makes this book more interesting and informative to children as well as adults.

This book is a good way to keep your children busy reading as there is no hint of boredom here.

Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day by Eric jay Cash

Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day by Eric Jay Cash

Review by Shwetha H S

My first reaction as soon as I saw the cover of Cave Kiddos: A Sunny Day was to clap my hands together and exclaim about the illustrations of four cute cave kids. They appear throughout the book trying to pronounce the word “water” and teach you the same. The author and illustrator, Eric Jay Cash, teaches children as well as adults how to pronounce the word “water” using four cave kids named Alk, Haha, Lala and Zee. There is not much to read in here except the splits of the word “water” so that the reader can read them in halves first and together later to learn how to pronounce the word “water.” This book is basically and especially made for children with speech development problem and for people who are dealing with such children. If not either, you can buy the book only for the sake of illustrations.

The Kite Runner (Graphic Novel) by Khaleed Hosseini (Illustrations by Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo)

Review by Shwetha H S

If you are an avid reader and have read every best seller book, then you must have read The Kite Runner by Khaleed Hosseini. This blog is not a review of the novel, but the graphic version of the novel. All the illustrations in the book are by Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo.

The story revolves around the concept that a person who is not capable of standing up for himself is not worthy of any relationship in life. It is set in the background of the changing facets of Afghanistan. Young Amir abandoning his confidant Hassan when the later gets sexually violated to save the former paves way for rest of the story. Amir is not even brave enough to face the bare realities of life, despite his father telling him to man up to the situations and face the problems. His cowardly behaviour is the matter of concern to his father as well as his uncle. When Amir slowly changes himself according to the problems he comes across in each phase of his life, he finally faces his last fear in the form of Hassan’s son whom he has to rescue from a childhood tormentor. Who is that tormentor? Will Amir succeed in rescuing Hassan’s son? Read the Kite Runner to know. If you suffer with inability to imagine what you read, then go for this graphic version of The Kite Runner. Kudos to the illustrators.