Reviews - What do customers think about The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-4)?
Great for an 8 yr old Jun 29, 2008
My grandson is 8 and really enjoys me reading these stories to him at bedtime. I can read the same story over and over and it is different each time. He just drifts off to sleep as I read to him. I also bought a set of these books for his class at school and the teachers and boys in the class love them. He is in a class of 6 boys of different grade levels, from 2nd through 5th grade. Each on of them enjoys these books.
This makes boys WANT to read Jan 18, 2008
I first bought one of the Choose your own adventure books over 20 years ago for my oldest son. Through the years, I have found these to be a book that makes your boys decide they like to read. I bought these latest sets for my grandson and my nephew and they love them. I would highly recommend these books. The kids find themselves wanting to go back and choose different endings and it becomes a whole new book!
Start here! Sep 29, 2007
If you are new to choose your own adventure, I recommend starting with these 4. They are the first in the new series, and are all individual books. I am pretty sure they are all reprints, and the art is definitely new, but they are a great place to start as they cover a wide range of topics. The bottom line is kids will eat these books up, not just because they are about great topics, with fun art and very well written but because they get to choose. They get to pick where they go, what they do, and all they while they are reading. A warning though, buy this box set and you might have to by the next.
A classic collection returned Jul 10, 2007
Choose Your Own Adventure collections have always been a part of the series, and carrying on that tradition is this collection of the first four books in the newly republished series.
If this is your first trip into CYOA, or are a long time fan coming back, this is collection has a lot to offer. The first four are a nice mix of adventure, mystery, and sci-fi and you get a good feel for the writing of author R.A. Montgomery. The stories have been updated for the times, which is to say the "You" character now has cell phones, GPS and the like. The art has also been redone, but continues to be of excellent quality and pertinent to the choices. Those choices, however, are still the same. They are yours.
There are also collection of 5-8 and 8-12. Six book collections are available as well, but if you are looking to get a started in choosing your own adventure, this collection is a great way to start.
Finally, on a personal note, its great to see the series back!
Warning: These are NOT the original books Apr 21, 2007
Don't buy this set expecting a reprinting of the original 1978-1982 Choose Your Own Adventure books. The text has been revised, though the revisions are serviceable enough; but what's worse is that all of the illustrations have been replaced with hideously bad cartoons. Words cannot even express how amateurish and badly drawn these cartoons are, with no sense of proportion, anatomy, lighting, or composition; some appear smudged or to have eraser marks on them, and others have no relevance to the text they are accompanying. And since they're on nearly every page, it's impossible to ignore them.
The exception is The Abominable Snowman, where the pictures are of much better quality (though still not exactly compelling--it seems that the illustrators only read the first two sentences of each page before illustrating it, so that an ending in which the protagonist is killed by a tiger is illustrated by a picture of him slapping mosquitos, for example, because that's what he was doing in the first sentence of the passage.)
Buy used copies of the original books, or choose something else to read. "The Abominable Snowman" is the only one of the set I intend to keep.