Framed for a murder she did not commit and sentenced to hang, Esmerelda's only hope for survival is the bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and an unlikely friendship is formed. Vibrant full-colour artwork brings fresh animation to these classic tales. Speech bubbles containing text from the original novel work with the main text to emphasise and enhance the ...
Framed for a murder she did not commit and sentenced to hang, Esmerelda's only hope for survival is the bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and an unlikely friendship is formed. Vibrant full-colour artwork brings fresh animation to these classic tales. Speech bubbles containing text from the original novel work with the main text to emphasise and enhance the retelling. A running glossary at the foot of each page helps young readers with any challenging vocabulary without disrupting their reading experience. End matter provides information about the authors, the historical background to the period in which the author lived and a time line of world events that places the work in historical context. This work fits into Key Stage 2 English reading and supports Key Stage 3 English literary heritage. It also helps achieve the goals of the Scottish Standard Curriculum 5-14.
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The Latin sentences and words were not understandable, but overall it was a very good read. Robert Harold Bray
Oct 10, 2007
A great Novel
If one can read this long epic story it is well worth the effort. The characters are so rich and complex. Essmerelda especially. Her life is a soap opera. She is looking for her family and later reunite with her long lost mother. She gets married to a stranger to save his life, makes freinds with a hunchback, and stands trail for Pheobus' murder. It turns out Phoebus isn't really dead, but he does not want to admit that he was with a gypsy girl. Its all dramatic stuff.
Frollo is a great character too. He surivives the town scorn. He raises the orphaned hunchback as his own and becomes onsessed with the kind Essmerelda. Though a villian he is a sympathetic one.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-13 Children who have had a taste of Hugo's 18th-century epic through the animated film may find this version, with its absence of song, rather sobering. Wynne-Jones (Some of the Kinder Planets) makes no attempt to soften the harsh story of the hideously deformed, big-hearted Quasimodo, who escapes ridicule only in the sanctuary of the cathedral. Although the narrative is fluent and conversational, children may need guidance through some of the more challenging vocabulary and occasional wordy passages. The irony in Hugo's novel is preserved here, as when Wynne-Jones draws a delicious parallel between church and state: Quasimodo is deaf because "the bells of the church had made him that way"; the judge who sentences the deformed man to a flogging "is as deaf as Quasimodo. The court had made him that way." Still, the deeper implications of the story will likely be lost on children. Dramatically framing the text are Slavin's (Extra! Extra! The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Newspapers) subtly hued, skillfully composed paintings. His mastery of detail, especially in period dress and architecture, makes turbulent medieval Paris appear realęsometimes frighteningly so. This polished, thoughtful collaboration may serve as an authentic preview to Hugo's classic, but may be best appreciated with an adult standing by. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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