Synopsis: An adapted and illustrated edition of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle, at an easy-to-read level for all ages!

Rip is content with his quiet life. But his wife is far from happy with his laziness and lack of ambition. Then one night, Rip falls asleep in the mountains and wakes up to find many years have passed and his village has changed. In a world that has quickly moved forwards, what future awaits a man who was happy to stand still?

Release Date: 6th September 2022

Genres: Middle Grade, Classics, Easy Classics, Family, Paranormal, Legends, Historical

Pages: 120

Thank you to Sweet Cherry publishing for kindly sending me a copy to read and review.

Review: Rip Van Winkle was a content man, other than bickering with his wife enjoyed his life. One night he walks with his dog into the sleepy hollow woods and find men in old garments, so he helps them and joins them. Then the very next day is twenty years later and he now has a strange story to tell.

What a very strange story, I’d heard the name of sleepy hollow but never knew the story of it. It was interesting to learn about it, though it was an oddball story honestly. I kind of thought it would be a lot different to how it was. I thought it would be creepy and eerie, I suppose it might have been but as this is a condensed version for younger readers that element may have been taken out.

Rip was an interesting character he liked his life a lot, loved his children dearly, had great friends and didn’t want things to change. He didn’t plan on running away or changing his life but it happened anyway. Waking back up into a whole new world was strange for him but he now had a legend to share.

I was honestly very Intrigued by this story and starting to read it I had no idea this was sleepy hollow at all. It wasn’t at all as I expected it to be, but was still interesting. I always love these easy classics, it makes reading classics so much easier and accessible for children to read and understand and with added illustrations too.


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