Reviews

Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment is a riot… The illustrations are great — Made me laugh while reading. This isn’t some boring old book.

– Lucas Lawrence, Kids’n’books

Wow!  The imagery is stunning.  The use of harsh contrasting black and white allows for illustrations that vividly depict the characters and plot of the story… a plethora of visual images that support a beautifully written adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s original.  Readers of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this modern version of a classic.

– Bob Reeker, 2013 NAEA National Elementary Art Educator of the Year

An excellent presentation of this classic work, which deserves plenty of recognition. The writing is bold and faultless and the illustrations… are exquisite. I can highly recommend this version of Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment5 stars.

– Amelia Curzon, ‘Children’s Book of the Week’ Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

The excellent “Adapted Classics” series, Edgar Allan Poe’s Hop-Frog adapts a classic short story by celebrated author “Edgar Allan Poe to a format ideal for middle grade readers… [It] is an excellent tool to introduce young people to the amazing world of classic literature, and a choice pick for public or school library children’s collections.

– Midwest Book Review, The Literary Shelf, May 2017

All I can say is 'well done' Jerome and Marc. Having kids eager to read the classics is a challenge… Both my son and I read the book, enjoyed the story and laughed at the illustrations.

– Donna Lawrence, Book Lovers Paradise

… a classic short story enlivened with wild, lively, keenly exuberant black-and-white illustrations…although Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment is designed especially to introduce younger readers to classic literature, adults will also thoroughly enjoy this retelling of Hawthorne’s classic tale of moral foibles and lasting consequences.

– Midwest Book Review, The Literary Shelf, June 2014

I loved the book – the images are well suited to the story. I also loved the format: It isn’t fully a graphic novel, but it isn’t fully text. It is a great in-between space for mid-range readers or those that may need a comfortable transition from visualized text to independent visualization.

– Chris Grodoski, 2013 National Middle Level Art Educator Award

Jerome Tiller has cleverly adapted “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” for middle readers. The book is augmented with intricate pen and ink drawings—illustrator Marc Johnson-Pencook did a marvelous job turning Hawthorne’s words into stunning pictures.

Before reviewing Tiller’s adaptation, I re-read the original. Tiller does an astounding job modifying this story. The language is much clearer in the updated version—while lyrical and poetic, Hawthorne’s words are difficult and hard to comprehend at times. Tiller excels at wading through the flowery language and extracting only the important pieces. Middle grade readers, i.e. children eight to twelve years of age, will really be able to understand and enjoy this book now. Additionally, there are nineteen pages of illustrations that accompany the forty-two pages of text. I highly recommend “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” In fact, I give it five stars.

-Lauri Corkum, SherAHart Book Review

Highly recommended is the “Adapted Classics” rendition of another timeless yet suspenseful tale, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Thou Art The Man”

– Midwest Book Review, The Literary Shelf, May 2017