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Stepping Stones : Bullseye Chillers - Robert Louis Stevenson

Stepping Stones

Bullseye Chillers

Paperback Published: 12th February 1984
ISBN: 9780394863658
Number Of Pages: 96
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old

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Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote "Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde" as a "chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, "Jekyll And Hyde" is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Published in 1866, "Jekyll And Hyde" was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to "Madame Bovary" and "Dead Souls" as "a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction."

Industry Reviews

Two comic-book veterans condense Stevenson's well-known psychological thriller into 40 pages in this slim graphic-novel adaptation. Following closely to the original, Grant's adaptation portrays the enigmatic Dr. Jekyll, as pursued by the lawyer Mr. Utterson. When Utterson hears rumors of a ruthless maniac named Mr. Hyde, he begins an investigation into Hyde's background. As he deepens his search, he makes the startling discovery that Jekyll and Hyde are actually the same person. Grant's reworking should serve as an adequate introduction for younger readers interested in Stevenson's work. Kennedy's illustrations, while brightly colored, are somewhat flat, with a consistently straight-on point-of-view; the overuse of this angle becomes tiring. As far as graphic-novel adaptations go, this one is rather pedestrian: There are no real standout features, though no glaring detractions. And not much popular appeal, either, unless classics adapted in this form are actively being sought. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," an Introductionp. 7
Story of the Doorp. 37
Search for Mr. Hydep. 45
Dr. Jekyll Was Quite at Easep. 56
The Carew Murder Casep. 59
Incident of the Letterp. 65
Remarkable Incident of Dr. Lanyonp. 71
Incident at the Windowp. 76
The Last Nightp. 79
Dr. Lanyon's Narrativep. 94
Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Casep. 103
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ISBN: 9780394863658
ISBN-10: 0394863658
Series: Bullseye Chillers
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old
For Grades: 3 - 4
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 12th February 1984
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 13.4  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 1