Adapted Classics “Hop-Frog” rated ideal format for Middle School Readers
Midwest Book Review (MBR) thinks we adapted “Edgar Allan Poe’s Hop-Frog” into an ideal format for middle school readers. In their opinion. the lightly modified text and the striking black-and-white illustrations are two reasons why “Hop-Frog” is an excellent tool to introduce middle-school readers to the amazing world of classic literature.
We greatly value their opinion. Midwest Book Review is an on-line book review magazine well-respected in the book trade. They selectively review books by small publishers and independent authors. Small players in the book trade, such as ourselves, seek reviews from MBR since almost all review journals will only review books from large publishers.
MBR complimented our entire Adapted Classics collection. They also saluted our other adapted Poe classic, “Thou Art the Man”. Our two Poe stories are dissimilar in a few ways, but also alike. “Thou Art the Man” is a detective story with a humorous slant. “Hop-Frog” is a humorless, disturbing tale about injustice and revenge. But apart from their differences, Poe cast both stories in characteristically dark tones. He also presented both in melodious prose.
As MBR mentioned in their review, we strive to use a light touch when we adapt stories in our Adapted Classics collection. Poe considered himself a poet first and foremost. Even his prose carries the sounds of poetry. We try hard not to mess with the sound of his language as we lightly adapt his stories for middle-school readers. And, of course, as we embellish them with striking black-and-white illustrations by master illustrator Marc Johnson-Pencook. We will always strive to do the same as we add other Poe stories to our growing collection of illustrated literature.