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Overview of the story: There is a monster in the seas and everyone is out to find it. It’s faster than any sea animal and glows in the water. Professor Aronnax a Professor for the Museum of Paris is contacted by the Americans to board the Abraham Lincoln to aid in the search. After falling overboard with two of his mates he is captured by the sea monster, which surprisingly turns out to be a submarine run by Captain Nemo. The story is told from the narration of Professor Aronnax as he explains all of the different aspects of the amazing ship as well as the beautiful natural wonders of the underwater world as they are held captive by the strange Captain Nemo.
Pros: There are many small, amusing adventures within the book, which serve well to maintain the child’s interest in the book. There are really only 4 main characters throughout the story which also make it easy for a child to keep up with the plot. Furthermore I think it is a great book for introducing marine biology to a child, as well as a little bit of geography.
Cons: There are some themes throughout the book which may go over a young child’s head, for example why captain Nemo would want to seclude himself from the world. There is a saloon that is used occasionally as a meeting place, but the mention of alcohol is next to nonexistent.
Overall: My children enjoyed listening to this story, although they did not always keep up with the plot, so it might do well with an older audience (my son being about 4 and 1/2 years old). The general storyline is quite clean with no questionable subject matter outside of what was previously mentioned.