Two years ago I would have bet a bazillion dollars I would never read a "girls" book. But at 71 years of age I found myself in a house full of books only one of which I had not read. I am terrribly addicted to reading so, in desperation, I started "Anne of Green Gables". It is a marvelous book with a main character I wish I could meet every day in real life. Again to feed my addiction I bought the "Anne of Green Gables" series. Each book was a delight and I soon forgot that they were "girls" books. Maud created a character we all need in our life. She turns the mundane magical and believable. Reading them all in nearly a continous setting makes Anne "wearying" to quote Marilla since unbounded child-like wonder is hard to maintain. I wish I had read these books decades ago so Anne could have helped me through some less than happy times.
Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful classic story and it gets 5 stars. This particular printing, however, is completely unacceptable. It's as if someone typed it into a document, and printed it off--no page numbers, not titled at the top of each page, the lines don't even break properly (see photo). Purchased as a gift, thankfully with enough time to purchase a better quality copy--probably for less money! A disgrace to the publishing community.
How is this book different?
1. It says "Complete Collection", but you are only getting Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. If you are wanting a complete "Complete Collection" of the Anne stories, this is not it.
2. Yes, there is a free audio book, but you get ads for it in the middle of your reading. At least they didn't put it smack in the middle of a paragraph or something. Kind of annoying.
3. Illustrations. Yep. They're there! But don't be fooled into thinking they actually have anything to do with the story. Not. One. Bit.
This will do for reading this series...erm...duo of books to my kids, but had I known about these 3 issues, I would have shopped around a little more. I guess the good thing is that it was only a $.99 mistake.
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