What is the simplest way of getting students who are disinclined to read a book, to read the book?
For some students the chance to get involved with a classic such as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Jekyll and Hyde, etc, is very welcome. These are the students who have found the joy of books and who want to read.
But, of course, there are those who look at such books – even when they have alluring stories within them that might appeal to their interests – and back away. They have defined books as not being part of their world.
So the question is, how to get these students started.
One way of doing this is to give the students an overview of the complete book within a format that they will find acceptable. And that is where graphic books come into their own.
Graphic books give students who are unexcited by the opportunity of approaching a complete novel a chance to grasp the story and come to terms with the characters before they start reading.
In this way when they do turn to reading the original, everything is already clear to them and they are now able to enjoy the depth of the story in full book form.
Hence they are no longer put off by language from an earlier era, a multiplicity of minor characters, or the amount of reading involved. Everything is now familiar and acceptable.
This is why we have produced our series of Graphic Revision Guides. Five volumes are now available: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, Jekyll and Hyde and A Christmas Carol.