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The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever, fun bio's wordplay is best fit for school-aged kids.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Huck's Voice, Twain's Life

The use of colloquial English is charming, and lends itself to being read aloud for the entertainment of young children, and older readers could be encouraged to choose voices and develop their own sense of the characters through reading aloud to younger siblings.

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By hearing Twain's story told through the voice of his most famous character,
kids can learn about the lauded author -- and Huckleberry Finn -- in a way that's
both fun and dramatic. The clever wordplay may confuse younger readers, making this a better read-aloud book for them. Though it's a picture book, it's a better fit for mid-grade readers who may have heard of both of these characters and can make sense of the misspellings and folksy expressions.  They're sure to find the clever format and humorous illustrations engaging and appreciate the timeline that puts biographical details in context.

Though it only provides basic biographical information, this book makes the worlds of Huck Finn and Mark Twain seem very inviting. Kids will likely want to read more about both of them.   

Watercolors in pastel browns, blues, and greens create the backdrop for cartoon-like pen and ink sketches that look a bit like caricatures from the New Yorker magazine. While the illustrations may lack boldness of color found in most children's books, they are cleverly detailed and expressive. Also, print size is varied to show parts of paragraphs that should be read with greater emphasis. 

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