Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Presenting the unnerving tale of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - brought vividly to life in graphic novel form! Simple text is combined with exciting artwork to help less confident readers enjoy one of the most intriguing and sinister stories ever told! Parents and teachers can help to deepen understanding and enjoyment using the bonus material section which offers oral discussion questions, ideas for creative writing tasks and author and illustrator profiles. Reading age: 8-10 years; Interest age: 8-14 years. British English. Scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll believes every human has two minds: one good and one evil. He develops a potion to separate them from each other. Soon, his evil mind takes over, and Dr. Jekyll becomes a hideous fiend known as Mr. Hyde.


The format of these retellings provides a gateway to otherwise daunting works of literature...Once in the hands of developing readers, they may open the doors to the masterful works on which they are based.A Joel Bangilan, School Library Journal, January 2007

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born to Thomas and Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. From the beginning he was sickly. Through much of his childhood he was attended by his faithful nurse, Alison Cunningham, known as Cummy in the family circle. She told him morbid stories about the Covenanters (the Scots Presbyterian martyrs), read aloud to him Victorian penny-serial novels, Bible stories, and the Psalms, and drilled the catechism into him, all with his parents' approval. Thomas Stevenson was quite a storyteller himself, and his wife doted on their only child, sitting in admiration while her precocious son expounded on religious dogma. Stevenson inevitably reacted to the morbidity of his religious education and to the stiffness of his family's middle-class values, but that rebellion would come only after he entered Edinburgh University.

The juvenilia that survives from his childhood shows an observer who was already sensitive to religious issues and Scottish history. Not surprisingly, the boy who listened to Cummy's religious tales first tried his hand at retelling Bible stories: "A History of Moses" was followed by "The Book of Joseph." When Stevenson was sixteen his family published a pamphlet he had written entitled The Pentland Rising, a recounting of the murder of Nonconformist Scots Presbyterians who rebelled against their royalist persecutors.

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72 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

2nd July 2009



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