Review: Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights (Easy Classics)

Title: Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights (Easy Classics)
Author: Emily Brontë, Stephanie Baudet, Arianna Bellucci (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s, Classic
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 8, 2021
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

An illustrated adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic – at an easy-to-read level for readers of all ages!

Many years ago, a young homeless boy was taken in at Wuthering Heights. Older now, Heathcliff is set on revenge, and destroying everybody around him.
And there is a lonely ghost roaming the moors, who is determined to be reunited with her lover …

About The Complete Brontë Sisters Children’s Collection
From the haunted Yorkshire moors to the towering battlements of Thornfield Hall, experience the Bronte sisters’ famous stories of love, self-discovery and family feuds. Adapted and illustrated for children aged 7+.

Review:

This children’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights tells the tragic love story of Catherine and Heathcliff. Heathcliff was brought to Wuthering Heights as a child, after Mr. Earnshaw found him on the streets. Cathy and Heathcliff quickly became friends and fell in love. However, many things drew them apart. Now, years later, Heathcliff is devastated by Catherine’s untimely death and is waiting for the day that he can join her again.

This was a great, condensed version of Wuthering Heights. When I first read the original in high school, I had a difficult time figuring it out. I’ve read it many times since then, and I know the story very well. This simpler version could help modern readers, either adults or children, to understand the story.

I liked the illustrations that went along with the story. The only part that I found inconsistent with the original story was that Heathcliff had the same skin colour as the other characters. Multiple times throughout the story he is described as having dark skin, so I wish this was depicted in the illustrations of the story.

This Wuthering Heights adaptation is a great way to learn this classic story.

Thank you Sweet Cherry Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre by Stephanie Baudet, Arianna Bellucci

Anne Brontë: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Stephanie Baudet, Arianna Bellucci

Other books in the series:

  • Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre
  • Anne Brontë: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Have you read Wuthering Heights? What did you think of it?

Review: Northanger Abbey

Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Fiction, Classics
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 12, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Catherine Morland longs to be as interesting as the gothic heroines she reads about in novels. When she is invited on her first trip away from home, she leaps at the chance. New friendships and flirting lead her to the imposing Northanger Abbey, where Catherine discovers that a little imagination can be a dangerous thing. 

Review:

The first time I read this book, I had a hard time getting through it. After reading it again, I really enjoyed it.

There are some problems with a lot of the story. It is called Northanger Abbey, but they don’t actually go there until the last third of the book. Also, the mystery of the Tilney family and what happened to their mother is a small part of the story. It would have made more sense if it was supposed to be about their time spent in Bath, which takes up a lot of the story. I also didn’t like that a lot of the dialogue was described, rather than actually spoken by the characters. It was confusing to figure out who was speaking when the conversations were described, rather than actually written out in dialogue.

Most of the other books I’ve read from this publisher are simplified versions of classic stories, which are intended for children. I like the cover of this book, and I think it would appeal to kids, but the story was the same as the original. If it had been simplified, it would have been a better book for kids.

This is a good story.

Thank you Sweet Cherry Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Have you read Northanger Abbey? What did you think of it?