J is for Jules Verne…

I decided to switch it up a little bit this week. Instead of focusing on a specific children’s book I wanted to talk a little bit about an author. Our family just finished listening to the audio book,  Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. We have also listened to his novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Those are two of his most well known novels, but he wrote over sixty books.

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His writing is lengthy, a bit wordy like the British Victorian tradition, and might be a bit difficult for younger readers to follow, but he has some wonderful stories that are perfect for middle school and high school students. They are full of adventure and often a bit of science fiction. There are many abridged versions but, I think the full-length versions are best to really get the benefits of the depth of language (despite being translated from the original French) and character development.

I remembered 20,000 Leagues under the Sea from when I was a child, but I had never read or listened to Around the World in 80 Days. I found it to have a bit of a slow start but once the story really got going it was a great story. It told of a man who had made a bet that he could travel the whole globe in 80 days. This was of course in a time before airplanes made it easy to travel the world in a day. The book told of his adventures and setbacks as he made his way from country to country using boats, trains, carriages and other interesting conveyances. The children really enjoyed it and were quick to remind me to turn it on each time we got in the car.

Have you read any of Jules Verne’s work? Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts about this author or any of his works. Don’t forget to check out the other J posts this week and come back next week for the letter K.

PS. If you really wanted to children’s book that begins with the letter J, check out James and the Giant Peach. Someone reminded me of that book this week and it was one my children really enjoyed. We had the chance to read it aloud and then watch the musical based on the story. Do note that there is one use of a word that is commonly considered to be inappropriate.

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