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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 The Call of the Wild (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    This book is featured on Shabby Sunday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/... The Call of the Wild is about a dog named Buck who's living at his home in California with his owner when he is kidnapped and shipped to the Klondike to be used as a sled dog. There he endures danger, including abuse, as he's sold multiple times. He eventually learns to respect his captors as he experiences adventure while at the same time he must have the endurance to survive.  To me, this book is enthralling and a This book is featured on Shabby Sunday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/... The Call of the Wild is about a dog named Buck who's living at his home in California with his owner when he is kidnapped and shipped to the Klondike to be used as a sled dog. There he endures danger, including abuse, as he's sold multiple times. He eventually learns to respect his captors as he experiences adventure while at the same time he must have the endurance to survive.  To me, this book is enthralling and a real page turner. I had to learn of Buck's fate and experienced multiple emotions throughout his journey. There's violence, heartache, and it's difficult to not sympathize with Buck with all that he's having to endure. It's actually quite easy to relate to Buck as much of what he experiences can be compared to what we as humans experience in our own lives. It also draws attention to the bond between man and dog, and for that, this has to be one of my most cherished dog stories.The descriptions of the scenery make the story feel so realistic to me and I think the book is beautifully written.  My edition is a hardcover illustrated classic from 1989. It's in fairly decent shape. What I love about these illustrated classics is the large print and black and white illustrations throughout to break up the text a bit. This is a great edition for kids who are are new to chapter books. The Call of the Wild is a book for all ages, but some parents might be reluctant to let their children read it because of some of the violent events in the book.  5*****

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Not exactly a kid-friendly story. It had its moments, but, overall, I found this one to be a dud.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Kasza

    The Call of the Wild is a good book if you love action/adventure and mystery type books. I loved because it was about a dog and it left me thinking about it and I didn't want to stop reading it. I really enjoyed this book also because there were really happy parts and also tragic parts and I always love a good mystery. This book is about a dog who is kidnapped and taken up north to become a sled dog. He faces challenges and is trained by a master he soon loves. He must learn new skills in order The Call of the Wild is a good book if you love action/adventure and mystery type books. I loved because it was about a dog and it left me thinking about it and I didn't want to stop reading it. I really enjoyed this book also because there were really happy parts and also tragic parts and I always love a good mystery. This book is about a dog who is kidnapped and taken up north to become a sled dog. He faces challenges and is trained by a master he soon loves. He must learn new skills in order to survive. I loved this book and mystery-lovers will too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    This was me cheating in a 10 year olds book club. I didn't read the book, but the kids did. In order to direct them, I quickly read this version so I could keep up. Ha. I wasn't required to read the book, but I wanted to be some kind of source for the kids. I'm glad I read it bc there definitly needed to be some explanations of the real version. The general concusses of the book was that it was "ok." My opinion on this particular version was that it had a lot of cruelty and was depressing to rea This was me cheating in a 10 year olds book club. I didn't read the book, but the kids did. In order to direct them, I quickly read this version so I could keep up. Ha. I wasn't required to read the book, but I wanted to be some kind of source for the kids. I'm glad I read it bc there definitly needed to be some explanations of the real version. The general concusses of the book was that it was "ok." My opinion on this particular version was that it had a lot of cruelty and was depressing to read. That's just the story itself though. I would not recommend this book to a young animal lover like my 8 year old.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    An excellent adaptation for young readers. This is still the Alaskan Frontier, so there are instances of death and violence. Parents or grandparents definitely need to review it first before buying or reading it to very young kids. That said, this version of Buck is still the noble animal we know from London's original. There are moments that will break your heart and then cheer for him, especially when he breaks the sled free to win what seemed an impossible wager. Find it! Buy it! Read it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Wickham

    Even unabridged, "The Call of The Wild" has never been a favorite book of mine. Stories, unless written for a younger audience, from the animal's perspective have a hard time holding my interest. I guess that I need the human touch to really relate, which is kind of callous, but regardless of how you look at it, a story written about an animal is always from the human perspective because animals can't write. I read this with Arely and it didn't seem to be a favorite for her either. Although, I m Even unabridged, "The Call of The Wild" has never been a favorite book of mine. Stories, unless written for a younger audience, from the animal's perspective have a hard time holding my interest. I guess that I need the human touch to really relate, which is kind of callous, but regardless of how you look at it, a story written about an animal is always from the human perspective because animals can't write. I read this with Arely and it didn't seem to be a favorite for her either. Although, I must say that Buck had a rough life!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Henry

    I love this book. So very well written. He humanizes the dogs with his writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Strohn

    So I had this version from my grandpa who passed away, I wish I read the full version not this one but it was important to read this one from my grandpa and still pretty special!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vikram Kapoor

    This was a great book. Thanks for writing it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Loren

    Granted I'm partial to White Fang, but there are a few things that stood out all these years later. Perrault catching himself from drowning when the trail would bottom out. He was using only a stick! A stick between life and certain icy death. That really astounded me then at seven and now. The hard work ethic of the dogs and their loyalty to their masters despite maltreatment. I also remember Buck shifting his weight to break the thousand pound sled from the ice. I was more impressed with that Granted I'm partial to White Fang, but there are a few things that stood out all these years later. Perrault catching himself from drowning when the trail would bottom out. He was using only a stick! A stick between life and certain icy death. That really astounded me then at seven and now. The hard work ethic of the dogs and their loyalty to their masters despite maltreatment. I also remember Buck shifting his weight to break the thousand pound sled from the ice. I was more impressed with that then him pulling the weight! As an adult I now see all the references to the the history of the evolution of man and canine together, our codependence and deepened mutual respect. I also recognize all the political references, applauding socialism, the detest of communism, the barbarism of feudalism, the ignorance of slavery in the south, and the truth of capitalism, the root of a "dog eat dog" ideology. The way that Jack London was able to voice his social activism, his racialism and his socialism with the public none the wiser of his agenda is freakin mint. Its absolutely a brilliant achievement.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Devin Dorough

    The book Call of the Wild is a great book. It has lots of action and violence. I think it's a great book for anybody that likes violence. Call of the Wild is about a dog named Buck that has a great life living with a rich man. One day a guy comes and steals him and sells him to a man. This is where Bucks life is turned around. He is put as a dog that pulls sleds. Even though he is not a husky he's still a big dog that can do the job the same. Adapting to his new lifestyle is hard but he starts en The book Call of the Wild is a great book. It has lots of action and violence. I think it's a great book for anybody that likes violence. Call of the Wild is about a dog named Buck that has a great life living with a rich man. One day a guy comes and steals him and sells him to a man. This is where Bucks life is turned around. He is put as a dog that pulls sleds. Even though he is not a husky he's still a big dog that can do the job the same. Adapting to his new lifestyle is hard but he starts enjoying it. He makes a goal to get to lead dog for pulling the sleds. But he soon learns he's gonna need to kill to get that position. This book was a great story. I recommend it to people that like books that get more intense every page you read. I don't recommend this to people that don't like hearing about dogs dying because there is a lot of that in this book. If you read this book and like it this author has plenty of good books to read after.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jayme Martin

    MODIFIED SUMMARY From backflap: Buck(Jayme), a powerful (weak) young dog (man), is snatched away from an easy life in California and transported to the Far North (New England). The Klondike (New England) at the turn of the century is filled with greedy prospecters for gold (Corporate Goons), wild Indians (Red Sox Fans), and savage wolves (A.k.A. Cutthroats). Buck (Jayme) becomes a sled dog (corporate slimeball) and must learn cunning and toughness to survive. Trained by a master he comes to love, MODIFIED SUMMARY From backflap: Buck(Jayme), a powerful (weak) young dog (man), is snatched away from an easy life in California and transported to the Far North (New England). The Klondike (New England) at the turn of the century is filled with greedy prospecters for gold (Corporate Goons), wild Indians (Red Sox Fans), and savage wolves (A.k.A. Cutthroats). Buck (Jayme) becomes a sled dog (corporate slimeball) and must learn cunning and toughness to survive. Trained by a master he comes to love, Buck (Jayme) becomes the strongest and fiercest sled dog (corporate slimeball) in all of Alaska (Massachusetts). But deep inside Buck (Jayme) feels the urge to be free of man's (the man's) rule and to heed "the call of the wild".

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liam Hines

    I thought it was a good book, I wouldn't highly recommend this book to other people but I would recommend it to people who like adventure books.A dog gets kidnapped by friend and taken to a guy who needs dogs. Then he gets used as a snow dog that pulls the slay. Buck has some bad relationships with the dogs and also some good relationships. Their were some good times like when he met his friend curly and became head leader of the pack. And there were bad times like when Spitz attacked and killed I thought it was a good book, I wouldn't highly recommend this book to other people but I would recommend it to people who like adventure books.A dog gets kidnapped by friend and taken to a guy who needs dogs. Then he gets used as a snow dog that pulls the slay. Buck has some bad relationships with the dogs and also some good relationships. Their were some good times like when he met his friend curly and became head leader of the pack. And there were bad times like when Spitz attacked and killed curly for no reason and buck saw the whole thing. Overall it was a pretty good book and story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kaden

    Buck lives in California with his owned by Judge Miller, and he gets stolen and is sold to Morgan then he sells them to different people and Buck gets sold to two guys in Alaska and Buck becomes a sled dog and he is apart of the government messages. I liked this book because where it happens and of the dogs that are in it I have always wanted to drive a sled because they are cool. I didn't like that it happened in California with a dog that is made for pulling a sled. I would recommend this bo Buck lives in California with his owned by Judge Miller, and he gets stolen and is sold to Morgan then he sells them to different people and Buck gets sold to two guys in Alaska and Buck becomes a sled dog and he is apart of the government messages. I liked this book because where it happens and of the dogs that are in it I have always wanted to drive a sled because they are cool. I didn't like that it happened in California with a dog that is made for pulling a sled. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dogs and sleds.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book was a quick and enjoyable read. It could be described as a small and sweet lollipop story compared to a big and rich chocolate cake novel. I actually got this book while trick or treating when my friend and I went to a house giving away books. I found this more book intriguing than a book about a supernatural creature infested high school, so I took this one home with me. Overall, it's a nice little classic read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grace G

    I thought that this book had great adventures parts with great graphic parts. If I had to recommend this book it would be very easy to say yes. Although I would say to not give up on the few chapters. I did that and it ended up really shameful, because this is a book that you would want to pick up and read until you are done. I had to pick this book back up and read it, because I felt the urge to do so and you will to.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BJ Rose

    I haven't read this since high school, and I think perhaps I enjoyed it more now than I did then. London's descriptions of the sled dogs' emotions was masterful. The Call of the Wild belongs on a classics list and on Children/YA reading lists, so it's hard to realize that Jack London did not enjoy writing (except for the "serious" works that were critical of the industrial system, and part of that comes through here in his love of the untouched wilderness)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Instead of reading the original by Jack London I went for the illustrated Classic to help keep my kids more intrigued by the book. It was just okay. The story didn't really excited me or my kids. They did enjoy looking at the pictures and it helped keep them engaged a bit but overall not one of my favorites. I will try other illustrated classics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    I read this when I was younger.. maybe 10. and I really liked it. I was a big animal person(and still am) and especially loved dogs and it made me like reading more than I currently did. it's a good children's story. and I read the second part when I was 14 I think and it was good. it was simple but just interesting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex Tieplinsky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. The genre of the book is fiction Action and adventure.This book is about a dog who is kidnapped and taken up north to become a sled dog. He faces challenges and is trained by a master he soon loves. He must learn new skills in order to survive. I rated the book a 4/5 stars because when I was reading I was right their with the dogs P.O.V

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roslyn

    My 4 1/2 year old loved this book, as did I, despite how sad the beginning was. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that this version was "edited." One of the main purposes of reading classic literature to children is to expose them to new vocabulary. When the original version is "edited" it is this that is lost. No new or challenging words in this entire book thanks to the "editing."

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Oh classics. You and me just don't get along. I didn't enjoy the story and felt very "outside of it" - not drawn into the action, not caring so much about it. Because it's written in 3rd person dog perspective?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    I love animals ever since I was still a little kid that is why my heart broke, felt delighted, pounded, and melted as I was reading this book. I strongly recommend this book to do lovers, mystery fans, adventurous people, and classic lovers. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Hengesbach

    Jack London's book The Call of The Wild, is a book that many know of because it is a classic. Buck, is a husky who gets taken from his owners to Alaska where he becomes a sled dog. The book tells us about the challenges Buck faces but makes us all want to have a dog like him in the end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber Kestner

    Even though this is a children's classic i'd still read it along with the two original's it is just a story that lives on forever in your heart and I am glad to learn about Buck again, he has always been my favorite Wolf.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cws

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  27. 5 out of 5

    James

    This is an abridged version for children. I use them (there is a series of books - The Great Illustrated Classics) to read with the our children every evening.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jones Family

    it was an exiting book and i could;t stop reading it and finesd early

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corrine

    sad

  30. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    even though this book was above my reading level it is my favorite book.

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