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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 hi 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."


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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 hi 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."

30 review for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    When I was in fourth grade, I was all about educational media. Every weekday, upon coming home from school, I would watch Bill Nye and Wishbone. On Saturday mornings, the only show I watched was the short-lived Wheel 2000, a kiddie version of Wheel of Fortune which also contained informative content. Most of my computer games fell into the category of edutainment as well, such as various titles from The Learning Company, Brøderbund, or Humongous Entertainment. Back then, I criticized my friends When I was in fourth grade, I was all about educational media. Every weekday, upon coming home from school, I would watch Bill Nye and Wishbone. On Saturday mornings, the only show I watched was the short-lived Wheel 2000, a kiddie version of Wheel of Fortune which also contained informative content. Most of my computer games fell into the category of edutainment as well, such as various titles from The Learning Company, Brøderbund, or Humongous Entertainment. Back then, I criticized my friends for watching mindless shows like Power Rangers or owning Nintendo or Sega consoles; they didn't teach you anything. Of course, as that school year came to an end, I became a die-hard Scooby-Doo fan; though "those meddling kids" are beloved pop culture icons to this day, their show wasn't exactly edutainment. Still, I'll always have a special place in my heart for those old favorites, educational or otherwise. So, when I happened upon this Wishbone book at a Little Free Library that my mom and I happened to discover while out and about, you bet I picked it up. It's just what you'd expect from the series; a kid-friendly version of a beloved classic novel. Not having read the original--I know; what kind of reader am I?--I can't comment on its faithfulness, but it still made for good reading. Even though I knew the conclusion before opening the book--seriously, who doesn't know the connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?--it was still a great story. Now, I need to check out some more Wishbone books; thankfully, a box full of them is en route to my house as I write this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Another quick little wishbone read. I really enjoyed this story, it was well edited for the audience. I also enjoyed the illustrations. All of Wishbones' little narratives were also quite well done, and showed where tings were edited out, by providing a short summery of what was left out and the definitions were also quite accessible for the age these are meant for. The short biography and introduction to the times are also geared to make a young child want to learn more about them. Another must Another quick little wishbone read. I really enjoyed this story, it was well edited for the audience. I also enjoyed the illustrations. All of Wishbones' little narratives were also quite well done, and showed where tings were edited out, by providing a short summery of what was left out and the definitions were also quite accessible for the age these are meant for. The short biography and introduction to the times are also geared to make a young child want to learn more about them. Another must have for any child under about 12 or any elementary classroom/ library.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anomaly

    Fun & Educational Take On Classic (4.5 Rounded Up for Nostalgia) First things first: I love Wishbone. As a child, he was a very important part of my love for reading - and for terriers, as it were - and kept me interested in even the most dryly written classics by putting a fun, entertaining spin on them. I'll admit I never went on to read most of the books the Wishbone episodes and novels were about, but to me that doesn't make a difference. Just like this book did when I was much younger and pu Fun & Educational Take On Classic (4.5 Rounded Up for Nostalgia) First things first: I love Wishbone. As a child, he was a very important part of my love for reading - and for terriers, as it were - and kept me interested in even the most dryly written classics by putting a fun, entertaining spin on them. I'll admit I never went on to read most of the books the Wishbone episodes and novels were about, but to me that doesn't make a difference. Just like this book did when I was much younger and purchased it at a book fair, all of Wishbone's instalments helped me to better understand the stories covered and sparked my interest in branching beyond the typical genres I liked. I still have my Wishbone plushies, treated with love and care on a special display shelf, but sadly this was the only book which survived. It's covered in highlighter marks because, at one point, I decided to practice note-taking, but suffering through the streaks of blue ink bleeding yellow at the edges was totally worth it for the dose of nostalgia. When I found this book stashed in some of my old belongings, I knew I had to read it again! I never cared for the original Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, which I found quite dull when I attempted to read it many years ago, but this retelling is fun and intriguing enough that even though I knew how the story ended I had fun playing along with Wishbone's narrative breaks to amp up the suspense. The book itself is made in such a way to be fun and engaging for children. It's "narrated" by Wishbone, who appears in expressive artistic representations and 'speaks' to the reader in bolded text. The beginning has some educational material, covering the nature of the story and some history on the author. Throughout each chapter, new words and concepts are introduced and explained with notes by Wishbone; as such, children are trusted to actually learn while reading rather than stick to the familiarity of words they already know. And, toward the end, there's a fun activity where flipping the pages reveals a flipbook style animation of Wishbone running through a tunnel, emerging in fancy clothes, then running back through. This does mean that most used copies will likely be quite well worn on the page edges, but that's part of what gives a book like this life and personality. It's meant to be read and used, not sat on a shelf to collect dust. As for the story itself, it does drag a bit at times, but it's masterfully retold in a way which doesn't feel as dreadfully boring to me as the source material. Time skips are frequent and well-placed and there's a heavy focus on picking up clues left in the narrative to explain the relation between Jekyll & Hyde. I was able to finish this in two brief sittings, interrupted only by real life getting in the way; as a child, I remember taking a few days to read the whole thing and thinking it was quite thick (oh, how my standards of book thickness have changed). Younger children may need a bit of guidance, since this is by nature a tale of violence and psychological damage, but nothing is overly graphic in my opinion. I'm glad I took the time to re-read this book, and have thoroughly enjoyed having this trip down memory lane.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Riley G.

    I've read this twice. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is such an interesting book, definitely one of my favorites. The ending is so sad, but still so mysterious and strange! I've read this twice. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is such an interesting book, definitely one of my favorites. The ending is so sad, but still so mysterious and strange!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This is an easy to read version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sachin

    A deep insight into the nature of humans, who, by their basic impulse towards doing something out of the law, and temptation to explore the banned boundaries, think of committing an evil for once, but under the weight of the evil propensity fall prey to it and succumb in the end, when they have no control over themselves. A great work or art by Stevenson probing the basic functioning of humans along with the vivid description of the scenario.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meche

    This book is so freaking boring I give it -1,000 stars! I can't even get past the first page! I would never recommend this book to anyone! I have to read it for PreAp English I. ugh! I can't give a review because it sucks! so I'll just keep it as a, NEVER TRY TO READ THIS BOOK!! SparkNotes has a better view of the book, but don't subsitute it for the actual book... This book is so freaking boring I give it -1,000 stars! I can't even get past the first page! I would never recommend this book to anyone! I have to read it for PreAp English I. ugh! I can't give a review because it sucks! so I'll just keep it as a, NEVER TRY TO READ THIS BOOK!! SparkNotes has a better view of the book, but don't subsitute it for the actual book...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pinnellsam

    The Strange case of jekyll and hyde is wonderfull book yet a short read it is keeps your eyes glued to the page yet at times you'll get confused. (means very often) but thats good because an always straight forward book isn't always good. i recomend this book The Strange case of jekyll and hyde is wonderfull book yet a short read it is keeps your eyes glued to the page yet at times you'll get confused. (means very often) but thats good because an always straight forward book isn't always good. i recomend this book

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noelle Walsh

    Another Wishbone book! This time we have Jekyll and Hyde. I enjoyed reading the Wishbone version and I could read this in one sitting. The opposite being true of the actual story of Jekyll and Hyde (took me forever to read it the first time). I'd sit down and read this version again and again. Another Wishbone book! This time we have Jekyll and Hyde. I enjoyed reading the Wishbone version and I could read this in one sitting. The opposite being true of the actual story of Jekyll and Hyde (took me forever to read it the first time). I'd sit down and read this version again and again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Despond

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Wishbone Classics) by Joanne Mattern (1996)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I read this every year for the longest time, and then one year it just didn't seem interesting anymore, but it is a very good book. I'll probably read it again sometime. I read this every year for the longest time, and then one year it just didn't seem interesting anymore, but it is a very good book. I'll probably read it again sometime.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I enjoyed it though it was a bit slow and boring during some parts. Everyone should read it once, I think.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    This was my favorite Wishbone episode and thus favorite book -- I think I must have taken it in the car on every trip, I loved it so much!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I read this when I was a little kid.Its been so long since I read this that I dont really remember it but I do remember enjoying it as a kid.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    Pretty much the actual story but with wishbone as the narrator. Nothing tremendously different or added to it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Noelva

  17. 5 out of 5

    R.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phebe

  19. 4 out of 5

    catlord airgirl

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Casey Leigh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

  27. 5 out of 5

    KTP

  28. 4 out of 5

    C C

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Brewster

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