Monday, June 11, 2012

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Shelf-employed.

My selection is "The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn" written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Barry Blitt.

"The Adventures of Mark Twain" gives readers a delicious taste of the American icon. Huck Finn, with a little help from Burleigh, recounts an entertaining collection of Twain's important experiences and interesting views. 

Part history lesson -- as it enumerates the events of Twain's life.  Part literary commentary -- offering up Huck's perspective on his creator's writing along with an opportunity to become immersed in Twain's unique voice.  Part theater -- the book begs to be read aloud and experienced. 

Yes, you'll probably have to discuss the folksy vocabulary and poor grammar, but it's all part of fun in hearing Huck's voice share thoughts about Twain and his amazing life.  Readers will find a convenient assist in the notes and timeline thoughtfully provided by Burleigh.

Blitt, well-known as a cartoonist, employs his skills to effectively preserve the tall-tale charm and the casual, old-fashion flavor of the text.

1 comment:

shelf-employed said...

It sounds (and looks!) like an interesting take on Mark Twain's life. I'd definitely like to check this one out. Thanks for sharing. Lisa

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