Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly by Scott Nash

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Can’t stomach all of Frankenstein? Lacking the strength to read The Odyssey? Don’t have 1,001 nights to get through Scheherazade’s ordeal? Never fear, Shrunken Treasures are here! Nine of the world’s best-known stories and books have been reduced, like slowly simmered cherries, to tart and tasty mouthfuls. Lighthearted verse turns Moby-Dick into a simple nursery song. Outrageous color makes even gloomy Hamlet seem like fun. Riotous images transform Jane Eyre’s ordeal into a whirlwind adventure. The Metamorphosis, Remembrance of Things Past, Don Quixote, and others have all been delivered from dense duty to delightful ditty in Scott Nash’s collection of hallowed classics, featuring notes about the original texts at the end.

Title : Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly
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ISBN : 0763669725
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 pages


Pj rated it ★★★★★

March 08, 2016

I loved this book, going to be difficult to give it up. Imagine reading a condensed or shrunken piece of classic literature to the tune of a much loved nursery rhyme. It was fun to try to remember the lyrics of the nursery rhyme so I could put the words to the classic story. I definitely recommen...

paula rated it ★★★☆☆

March 03, 2016

Gr 3-6 -- Nine literary masterpieces, from The Odyssey to The Metamorphosis, have been shoved through Scott Nash’s Versizer machine, which uses “style, spice, and illustration to carefully and painlessly reduce big, thick, voluminous literary works to children’s verse.” It’s cute, for sure. Adult...

Maggie rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2016

*I have to disclose that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway- but that in no way affects my review!* This book is so fun! I enjoyed the adaptations of the classics- put into fun, rhyming poems (in some cases, even set to a tune!) The pictures are fun, and whimsical! Kids might enjoy the poems...

Valerie rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2016

*I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway* This was a very cute an enjoyable book to read. The stories will only be humorous if you already know the actual literary stories that are being referenced, but even if you don't know the stories, it is still fun to read the rhymes and look at the pic...

Edward rated it ★★★☆☆

March 29, 2016

Fun and cheeky rhymed verse compressions of literary classics. Nash's job on Proust is particularly witty but his summary of Hamlet is inaccurate.

Lorie rated it ★★★☆☆

June 16, 2017

Scott Nash uses his “versizer” to shrink down the plots of 9 well-known literary classics into funny and amusing verses. The most amazing is his reduction of Proust’s seven volume long “Remembrance of Things Past" into a two line stanza poem. The concept is canny and clever, the reading level wou...

Lynn rated it ★★★☆☆

January 27, 2017

Rhyming text takes the essence of classic stories, adds some humor, and quirky illustrations to bring these stories to a new audience. However, those familiar with the originals may also enjoy these mini-versions. Dust jacket is different from the cover - full-color illustrations are digitally-ren...

Ellen rated it ★★★★☆

January 10, 2017

Classic tales transformed into nursery rhymes ie Moby Dick sung to Mary had a little lamb. Other classics re-written (versified) include The Odyssey, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, 1001 Nights, Hamlet, Don Quixote, the Metamorphosis, remembrance of things past - "I dipped a sweet cake in my tea, And a...

Angie rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2016

Boring old long classics to two pages of illustrated poetry?! Sold!!

Becky rated it ★★★☆☆

March 27, 2016

Love picture books? Love literature? Love the idea of loving literature? Shrunken Treasures might be just right for you. Here's why: Scott Nash has condensed nine literary works into verse 'for children.' (I'm not absolutely convinced that this one is truly for children, and that it will be appre...

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