At this point, my love for Jane Austen is well-known. I will read any retelling there is. I have reviewed a ton of them already, including two of my favorites: Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev.
But while those are YA and adult romance, respectively, this is a children’s book! And it’s utterly delightful! Alright, let get to the review!
Mrs. Bennet is desperate to find rich husbands for her daughters, so the arrival of a charming new neighbor is welcome indeed. Sadly, the friend he brings with him is not. Mr. Darcy seems to have even more pride than money. Nobody likes him – least of all Elizabeth Bennet. But not everyone is who they seem.
As the synopsis pretty much sums up the story and this book is old enough that quite a few people know at least some part of it, I’m not going to do a whole explanation of the story. Let’s just talk how cute this shit is!
It’s super cute! The illustrations are in black and white and really well-done. Darcy looks like the 2005-version of Darcy, but other than that, most of the characters are completely original in how they’re drawn. All the Bennet women, including Mrs. Bennet, look gorgeous and I really appreciate Mary not being portrayed as a dull spinster.
Darcy and Lizzie’s angry faces are perfection!
No lie: Wickham looks like a blockhead hahahahahaha. I died.
Mr. Collins is way too good-looking for his character, but I get it. It’s for kids. Let’s not scare them with a depiction of a greasy creeper.
Not every scene has a picture, but both the Darcy letter and both notes sent during the Lydia debacle are written out which I LOVE. The Darcy letter is one of the most important parts of the story so I’m glad the author gave it it’s own illustration.
The story is simplified as the original might be too much for younger kids (some of the language in the original is confusing to me), but that doesn’t take away from the story at all.
This version does give Bingley only one sister, but this isn’t the first adaptation to do that. And lord knows Caroline Bingley does not need an ally to be an awful human.
Other than that, I don’t think there are many changes. I really liked that they kept in the part about Georgiana and Wickham as well why Lydia running away was so bad. It’s just done in a way that’s appropriate for kids.
The Easy Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice is great for kids (it says 7-9 years old), but it’s good for any Austen enthusiast/addict too. It also doesn’t hurt that the cover is ridiculously pretty. Bookstagram people! Do what you do best!
I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars.
Easy Classics’ Pride and Prejudice by Gemma Barder and Jane Austen comes out September 29, 2020
(this is according to Amazon, but Goodreads (Feb. 2021) and NetGalley (Jul. 2020) have two different dates so *shrugs*)
Thank you to NetGalley and Sweet Cherry Publishing for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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