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Jules Verne gives us the classic tale of undersea adventure aboard the Nautilus. When a sea monster begins attacking ships, the world unites to find and destroy the unknown creature. Monsieur Aronnax joins the fight and is tossed from his boat to find himself aboard an amazing vessel. Aronnaxs underwater adventures walking on the ocean floor, pearl diving, and exploring Jules Verne gives us the classic tale of undersea adventure aboard the Nautilus. When a sea monster begins attacking ships, the world unites to find and destroy the unknown creature. Monsieur Aronnax joins the fight and is tossed from his boat to find himself aboard an amazing vessel. Aronnaxs underwater adventures walking on the ocean floor, pearl diving, and exploring with Captain Nemo has been adapted for young readers in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Vernes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-8.


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Jules Verne gives us the classic tale of undersea adventure aboard the Nautilus. When a sea monster begins attacking ships, the world unites to find and destroy the unknown creature. Monsieur Aronnax joins the fight and is tossed from his boat to find himself aboard an amazing vessel. Aronnaxs underwater adventures walking on the ocean floor, pearl diving, and exploring Jules Verne gives us the classic tale of undersea adventure aboard the Nautilus. When a sea monster begins attacking ships, the world unites to find and destroy the unknown creature. Monsieur Aronnax joins the fight and is tossed from his boat to find himself aboard an amazing vessel. Aronnaxs underwater adventures walking on the ocean floor, pearl diving, and exploring with Captain Nemo has been adapted for young readers in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Vernes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-8.

30 review for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian Pineda

    It was ok because it talked about finding new sea monster.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Colin Shermer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is a great read for someone looking to go on an adventure. The story starts off with M. Annorax, a scientist from France who discovers reports of a mysterious creature tormenting ships in the Atlantic. The United States Navy invites M. Annorax to join the USS Abraham Lincoln in search for this mysterious beast along with his faithful servant named Conseil. They board the ship and meet a Canadian harpooner named Ned Land. For the next few weeks, they 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is a great read for someone looking to go on an adventure. The story starts off with M. Annorax, a scientist from France who discovers reports of a mysterious creature tormenting ships in the Atlantic. The United States Navy invites M. Annorax to join the USS Abraham Lincoln in search for this mysterious beast along with his faithful servant named Conseil. They board the ship and meet a Canadian harpooner named Ned Land. For the next few weeks, they don’t see the mysterious creature as they sail along the vast Atlantic Ocean until one day they spot it. They attempt to neutralize it, and Ned Land throws a harpoon at it, but the harpoon bounces off of the skin of the creature harmlessly. The crew then discovers the skin is made of a very hard substance, perhaps metal, and the beast rams into the boat, which throws Annora and the Canadian Ned Land overboard. Conseil, being the faithful servant he is, jumps overboard to accompany his master, where they float for a few hours before being picked up by a submarine called the Nautilus. They sit in a dark room until morning, which is when the captain introduces himself. He doesn’t seem to understand they are saying so they speak in French, German, and Latin until Captain Nemo speaks in English having originally understood the story. He avoids the world because of how terrible civilization has become and lives on his submarine instead. Captain Nemo brings them on his grand adventure of the world and exploring the great ocean. He brings them along to loot sunken Spanish Galleons filled with gold, explore new areas, and find new tribes not touched by human civilization. However, while sailing near England, Captain Nemo becomes the target of an unknown ship, where to Annorax’s horror, he sinks to get revenge on all of the people that took away his family and life. Recently, the 3 newcomer have wanted to escape the ship to get away from the slightly insane Nemo and go back to the world. The Nautilus then encounters a deadly vortex of water known as the Maelstrom, and the 3 manage to jump ship, and eventually wake up in a cabin in Norway. This book follows the themes of exploration and trying new things, such as using deep sea suits to explore outside the ship for hours on end. However, the story also follows the wrongs of humanity which is expressed by Captain Nemo in the form of misanthropy and his hate for humans, and because of this, seeks revenge. This book was a very creative read for myself because it was super imaginative and flowed the themes of exploration, but also did a good job of exploring the wrongs of humanity and Captain Nemo avoiding humans. This book was a great read and I would highly recommend it to anyone up for the challenge.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    If you were expecting a giant sea monster you will be sorely mistaken. I honestly hated this book. The book is very slow and halfway through I was just not intrigued at all. This book would have been so much better (in my opinion) if it had been about a giant squid and not Captain Nemo and his seemingly way too large submarine. It is a very scientific book and I really wanted to enjoy it. But, by part 2 I was rolling on the floor crying not wanting to read another word of it. The characters are If you were expecting a giant sea monster you will be sorely mistaken. I honestly hated this book. The book is very slow and halfway through I was just not intrigued at all. This book would have been so much better (in my opinion) if it had been about a giant squid and not Captain Nemo and his seemingly way too large submarine. It is a very scientific book and I really wanted to enjoy it. But, by part 2 I was rolling on the floor crying not wanting to read another word of it. The characters are deep, but I had a hard time remembering each of them with complete detail. I don't recommend it at all. Go read Harry Potter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darian Rahim

    I now finished the book and in the end captain finds the sea monster and everyone ends in the story safely. Overall this book was very boring because the same things kept on happening over again and nothing interesting happened it was always just set at the boat finding the monster and it didn’t entertain me that much.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Glad that I got to know this story. *** The title is not referring to a depth but rather to the distance traveled under the sea. The French title suggests 'seas' as in 'seven seas'. Interesting phrases: “Vestry” room within the 'submarine' vehicle. Kangaroos on Papua? “Savages”?.. “Bipeds faculty”? “You're familiar with the composition of salt water. In 1,000 grams one finds 96.5% water and about 2.66% sodium chloride; then small quantities of magnesium chloride, potassium 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Glad that I got to know this story. *** The title is not referring to a depth but rather to the distance traveled under the sea. The French title suggests 'seas' as in 'seven seas'. Interesting phrases: “Vestry” room within the 'submarine' vehicle. Kangaroos on Papua? “Savages”?.. “Bipeds faculty”?   “You're familiar with the composition of salt water. In 1,000 grams one finds 96.5% water and about 2.66% sodium chloride; then small quantities of magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium bromide, sulfate of magnesia, calcium sulfate, and calcium carbonate. Hence you observe that sodium chloride is encountered there in significant proportions. Now then, it's this sodium that I extract from salt water and with which I compose my electric cells.” “Ned Land was soon asleep, and what astonished me was that Conseil went off into a heavy slumber. I was thinking what could have caused his irresistible drowsiness, when I felt my brain becoming stupefied. In spite of my efforts to keep my eyes open, they would close. A painful suspicion seized me. Evidently soporific...” Intense when Captain Nemo rams the other ship, “I am the law, I am the justice […] I am the oppressed, and they are the oppressor! It is because of them that everything I loved, cherished, venerated—country, wife, children, parents—perished as I watched! Everything I hate is there! Keep quiet!” Watching through the window - “disaster porn”! “The water was rising. Those poor men leaped upinto the shrouds, clung to the masts, writhed beneath the waters. It was ahuman anthill that an invadingsea had caught by surprise! Paralyzed, rigid with anguish, myhair standingon end,my eyes popping outof myhead, short ofbreath, suffocating, speechless...” Nemo is described as an “archangel of hate.” - - - - - -

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    For my classic book I decided to read 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I decided to read this book as the cover interested me and when I opened it, it looked very easy to read. I liked this book as it kept me entertained and it was a good story. I found it very creative and it got me to imagine this underwater world. Most books that I read these days are based on normal life but this was different, this was a whole other world with crazy adventures and stories. I hardly got bored and overall I For my classic book I decided to read 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I decided to read this book as the cover interested me and when I opened it, it looked very easy to read. I liked this book as it kept me entertained and it was a good story. I found it very creative and it got me to imagine this underwater world. Most books that I read these days are based on normal life but this was different, this was a whole other world with crazy adventures and stories. I hardly got bored and overall I enjoyed reading this book. Something new that I learned from this book is that there is more to life than it seems and one day everything can change. This one submarine traveled nearly around the whole world. These characters were about to go home from there previous journey when everything changed. They discovered this submarine, these people, this other world. There perspective on life had changed. I also learned to be patient. For many months they wanted to escape this submarine, they were trapped there. They waited till the right time before escaping. Sometimes they felt they would be on this ship forever but they were patient and eventually they were free. A setting that was interesting to me was when the captain and the professer went in the ocean- under world at night. They walked at the bottom of the Atlantic for two hours before making it to the Atlantis, the ancient continent of the Atlantic Ocean. There was a whole city under water, Huge rocks were shaped as castles and temples. The area was lit up as the mountain was actually volcano and the town had been destroyed by the lava. I found this interesting as it created a picture in my head and it shows that life is crazy and unpredictable, that sometimes life isn't what it seems.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    The book 20,000 Leagues Under the sea by Judith is a very fun and entertaining read. It is a fun and very easy to get the story because of the good storytelling and the pictures. The writer and publisher did a good job with including pictures but at the same time keeping it interesting and not feeling like a kids book. I stayed engaged the whole time while reading and never found myself drifting off and even if I did start to lose focus the pictures help pull me back in and picture the story. The book 20,000 Leagues Under the sea by Judith is a very fun and entertaining read. It is a fun and very easy to get the story because of the good storytelling and the pictures. The writer and publisher did a good job with including pictures but at the same time keeping it interesting and not feeling like a kids book. I stayed engaged the whole time while reading and never found myself drifting off and even if I did start to lose focus the pictures help pull me back in and picture the story. The story is in 1866 and is about many men including commander Farragut, Ned Land, professor Aronnax and and many more on and investigation to find out what beast is destroying ships in the sea. They find nothing and as they start to head home they see it discovering not a beast but a submarine. My favorite character in this book is the man on the ship who was hired to kill the beast. His name is Ned Land. He is described as the best harpoon thrower in the world it says that commander Farragut the had no doubt that he would find an destroy the beast. I personally like him because of his bravery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colby Moore

    20,000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne is a classic adventure book. Without spoiling anything 20,000 leagues under the sea is about a crew of guys that go on a long ride on a relatively futuristic submarine known as the Nautilus. They encounter challenges and thrilling adventures along the way. When I initially picked up the book I thought that they were going to be 20,000 leagues under water; I quickly realized that I had no idea how far a league was. In actuality the title of the book is 20,000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne is a classic adventure book. Without spoiling anything 20,000 leagues under the sea is about a crew of guys that go on a long ride on a relatively futuristic submarine known as the Nautilus. They encounter challenges and thrilling adventures along the way. When I initially picked up the book I thought that they were going to be 20,000 leagues under water; I quickly realized that I had no idea how far a league was. In actuality the title of the book is referring to how far they are traveling while under water. I can recommend this book to anyone that is into adventure scifi books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Durfee

    Great idea for a story, but sometimes frustrating to read. I did care about learning about all the subspecies of every fish, jelly, squid, shark, whale, and everything else. Also I would have thrown Dr. Aronnax immediately off the sub, with Captain Nemo. It's like one of Plato's dialogues between these two characters. One simply acts as the "oh yeah, you're a genius, and I could never have thought of that" character with the occasional switching of roles. JUST TELL THE DARN STORY! The only fun Great idea for a story, but sometimes frustrating to read. I did care about learning about all the subspecies of every fish, jelly, squid, shark, whale, and everything else. Also I would have thrown Dr. Aronnax immediately off the sub, with Captain Nemo. It's like one of Plato's dialogues between these two characters. One simply acts as the "oh yeah, you're a genius, and I could never have thought of that" character with the occasional switching of roles. JUST TELL THE DARN STORY! The only fun one was Ned Land.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sina

    it was a really interesting book full of mystery and full of adventure my favorite part was when they found the nautilus and that it wasn't a giant sea unicorn but a underwater ship one of my favorite book i read so far i loved it and it was amzing

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ben Iverson

    I somehow had never read this book until now. What a fun read! Verne is a master at mixing science with fiction, and his descriptions of the Nautilus were both prescient and fantastic at the same time. I wished that the plot had a bit more to it, but overall this was a super fun read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gopesh P

    Wonderful.... A story that happens in the deep sea... A must read book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nerdyqwerty

    Extremely boring

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Good, but has a lot of pages on fish.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    It was fine. I almost always like reading different versions of classics like this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    it was good

  17. 5 out of 5

    mari dewitt

    What's not to love? Jules Verne is the best!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dakota

    Dakota Book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea The first part of this book starts in the year of 1866. There has been strange things in the seas that have been happening to fishermen and travelers What people have been wounding is why and who or what is doing this to the men and boats. The travels on boats also say they have seen a huge creator. Then in the little towns and big city is they have been discussing the creator in the sea that has been messing ships up. Three weeks after all that spread a Dakota Book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea The first part of this book starts in the year of 1866. There has been strange things in the seas that have been happening to fishermen and travelers What people have been wounding is why and who or what is doing this to the men and boats. The travels on boats also say they have seen a huge creator. Then in the little towns and big city is they have been discussing the creator in the sea that has been messing ships up. Three weeks after all that spread a big wreck happened agin to some ships with food and drinks. What I liked about this book is that it had a lot of action and cool events that happened now I would tell you what was going on further then what I said but I don't want to spoil the book. I like the sea and fishing and just the outdoors it self. So this books was very interesting to read. What I didn't like about this book is how the book happened in the 1800s and not like in the 2000s because then there would probably be more teenagers that would want to read this book. Overall the book was a ten out of ten...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reilly

    Jules Verne 20,000 leagues under the sea What does it take for a group of sailors to survive 20,000 leagues under the sea. 20,000 leagues under the sea is a very adventurous novel. The sailors encounter many sea monsters and solve a mystery of a ship reck. So the sailors go on a adventure to find and study the monster they found it all right . While on the voyage they meet the monster face to face with a man. The futuristic machine take them to the bottom of the sea and they meet the crew of the Jules Verne 20,000 leagues under the sea What does it take for a group of sailors to survive 20,000 leagues under the sea. 20,000 leagues under the sea is a very adventurous novel. The sailors encounter many sea monsters and solve a mystery of a ship reck. So the sailors go on a adventure to find and study the monster they found it all right . While on the voyage they meet the monster face to face with a man. The futuristic machine take them to the bottom of the sea and they meet the crew of the machine. While there on the bottom of the sea the see the beauty of the sea life. Then all at once a creature attacked the machine and it starts to sink. They start up the machine and sail away from the creature. The sailors get away in a row boat.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Part of ABDO's Magic Wagon imprint, this Calico Illustrated Classic is a great resource for upper elementary and middle school students. The large font and generous amount of white space, along with the 112-page format, make it accessible to those older students who are struggling readers. The illustrations every chapter or so are not remarkable but do add to the story. My ELL students and those not reading at grade level will do well with this series. This title tells the classic story of a Part of ABDO's Magic Wagon imprint, this Calico Illustrated Classic is a great resource for upper elementary and middle school students. The large font and generous amount of white space, along with the 112-page format, make it accessible to those older students who are struggling readers. The illustrations every chapter or so are not remarkable but do add to the story. My ELL students and those not reading at grade level will do well with this series. This title tells the classic story of a French scientist and his friends who are held captive by the mysterious and crazy Captain Nemo aboard the submarine, the Nautilus.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Soren Christensen

    Imagine being 20,000 leagues under the sea! 20,000 leagues under the sea is a Sci-fi book by Jules Vern. It has adventure and excitement. An example of this is when they find Atlantis. It also has lots of surprising events that add to the plot and make it more interesting. A example of this is when they split a whale in half with the Nautilus. This book is good because of the abundant use of intimidating and risky exploration. This is represented when they land on Antartica for the first time Imagine being 20,000 leagues under the sea! 20,000 leagues under the sea is a Sci-fi book by Jules Vern. It has adventure and excitement. An example of this is when they find Atlantis. It also has lots of surprising events that add to the plot and make it more interesting. A example of this is when they split a whale in half with the Nautilus. This book is good because of the abundant use of intimidating and risky exploration. This is represented when they land on Antartica for the first time of any one on Earth. Yes, I would recommend this book to people who are intense and enjoy adventure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Russell

    This book was extremely long, and very tiring. I had to force my self to even pick up the book. I usually am a person who likes all books, but this one might be on the line. It might have been a good story for its time. Ending was ok, I like the foreshadowing of the other ship that shipwrecked, its name was "avenger" in French foreshadowing captain nemo's death. I would recommend this book to older readers just because a younger reader would not be able to go through it. For both, it is not male This book was extremely long, and very tiring. I had to force my self to even pick up the book. I usually am a person who likes all books, but this one might be on the line. It might have been a good story for its time. Ending was ok, I like the foreshadowing of the other ship that shipwrecked, its name was "avenger" in French foreshadowing captain nemo's death. I would recommend this book to older readers just because a younger reader would not be able to go through it. For both, it is not male or female excluded. Wouldn't recommend to friends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bert Hopkins

    A classic well worth your time. Probably the first, true science fiction writer to peer into the future and then tell his generation what the future will be. As a side note, the first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus was named after the fictional ship.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Hayes

    If your imagination and knowledge of the the ocean are sharp, this book is a delight. It is basically the rebel's stories or a Christ analogy, one man against the world. Both inspiring and tear producing, it is a great read with plenty of drama.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maddy Baker

    No wonder this is a classic. I absolutely love the harrowing tales that Jules Verne touches. A great adventure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victor Schneuwly

    Read this a long time ago. In french!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ivan

    One of the first books I ever read. It will always remain the definition of adventure and fantasy for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Troxel

    This book makes a good point: why is it that the only way humanity has been able to delve into the depths of the sea is in fiction?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Good story, got a little long. Very much a standard adventure book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    This book is an amazing adventure and what inspired me to start reading.

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