A Journey to the Center of the Earth – book review

Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a masterpiece of adventure and this stunning edition features more than 50 full-page illustrations by the distinguished artist Édouard Rio. Accompanied by his nephew Harry and his guide Hans, Professor Von Hardwigg follows a coded message left by a 16th-century alchemist into a subterranean world that is home to marvels from the prehistoric past.

Hardcover: 375 pages
Age Range: 8 – Adult
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Language: English
ISBN-9781435144736 

I will admit that I’ve never read the book before, I’ve only seen the movie, and that being the original movie from 1959! The latest movie in 2008 is written as a kind of sequel to the book.
The book was originally written in 1864 in French. It has been translated into English and this publication has been abridged and altered. It is the most popular reprinted version of the book. 
It reads easily and can be enjoyed by older children and adults.
I love that this book is leather bound which means it will be stored on my special bookshelf of leather bound books. The pages are edged with gold and their is an integrated ribbon bookmarker. Add to this the lovely illustration plates and you have a gorgeous book that is a delight to read.
For those unfamiliar with the story it involves a young man, Henry, his Uncle, Professor Von Hardwigg and a guide called Hans, entering a volcano to follow a path to the centre of the earth. They encounter many things on their amazing journey including giant mushrooms and prehistoric creatures. 
Although not completely true to the original Jules Verne story, this book is a good read for any age.
Available from GMC Distributions.
Disclosure: This book was sent to me for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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