Kid’s Book Review: Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling

Kid’s Book Review: Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling

About the Book and Author

How to make a classic literature accessible to readers who are challenged by dyslexia?

The publisher Barrington Stoke has commissioned a number of ‘retellings’ including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Of Mice and Men so that more readers can enjoy these books whose characters and plot-lines still appeal today.

In this case Laura Wood has retold the story about independent and feisty Elizabeth Bennet who has no desire for a marriage of convenience and initial distain for Mr Darcy’s aloof snobbishness. As you will see from our review by Rebekah (who is dyslexic) this is a book that she would NEVER have attempted to read in its traditional format.

Bravo Barrington Stoke and thanks to Laura Wood for enabling more readers like Rebekah to enjoy Jane Austen’s wit and arguably the finest romance ever written.

 

Pride & Prejudice : A Retelling cover

Laura Wood author

Laura Wood is a bestselling and award-winning author of books for children and young adults. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Warwick and in 2014 was awarded the the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing. Laura’s books include the Poppy Pym series, the Blue Peter Book Award shortlisted Vote for Effie, and A Sky Painted Gold.

Book Review

Thank you, Laura Wood, for making this book readable for those who wouldn't even think about picking up a classic novel

If I’m honest, the reason I said yes to reading and writing a review for this book is that I was drawn to the fact that it is in a dyslexia friendly format – being dyslexic myself. I have heard of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but I have never attempted to read it, and knew little of its story line! Laura Wood, the author of this re-telling of what my mum says is a ‘classic’ story has retold it in an understandable way for present day readers.

From what I understand of classics, the language can be quite old and difficult to understand. I thought that the re-telling would have been about the author re-telling the story in the present day – instead the author has written it as Jane Austen would have, but in more accessible language.

I  enjoyed reading about the different relationships in this book and the difficulties faced by those from different hierarchies in society at the time that this book was set. For those of you who know nothing about Pride and Prejudice (which was me before reading this) it’s basically about families wanting to find a husband for their daughters so they know that they will be looked after for the rest of their lives and the difficulties that the woman face having a ‘marriage of convenience’.

The two main characters are Elizabeth and Darcy who are from different hierarchies in society, and follows what happens to them – I don’t want to give anything away! What I will say is that I really liked Elizabeth – who I don’t really think fitted in to the norms of society. She was feisty and didn’t want to do things the way she should! I really related to her and I enjoyed seeing how her character grew throughout the story and I wanted to find out what happened to her in the end.

I would recommend this story to anyone who might like to read a ‘classic’ in an easy-to-read format and who likes a rebel in a story. Thank you, Laura Wood, for making this book readable for those who wouldn’t even think about picking up a classic novel.

 

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Reviewer Profile

Rebekah
  • Name: Rebekah
  • Age: 14 Years
  • Likes: reading books, playing the violin and swimming
  • Dislikes: butter and going shopping
  • Favourite Book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Favourite Song: Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
  • Favourite Film: The Croods