The Incredible Journey

Book review by Katherine Olney, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

A clever story and evocative writing.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 12+

Tweens is Good

I think this book, personally is ah_mazing. I just love it. It has changed my life

This title has:

Too much violence
Educational value
not rated for age

My almost 6-yr old loved it!

But we did skip over the parts with guns. The gun issue will inevitably come up, and in this case the guns were used for recreation (hunting), a use we approve of, but we're trying to limit his exposure to weapons at this age. It's something you may want to be aware of before sitting down to read it to your child or before recommending it to them to read.

Book Details

  • Author: Sheila Burnford
  • Illustrator: Carl Burger
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: January 1, 1961
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 148
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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