Moby Dick for kids
I don’t know if you’ve ever read Moby Dick, but it is one whale of an epic tale and I heartily recommend it. Over the weekend I came across a children’s version of Moby Dick at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport. It has all of 11 words (with humorous illustrations for each word). I love simplicity and this is as simple as it gets.
SPOILER ALERT: if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to know the ending, stop reading NOW! And now, here is the condensed kids’ version of Moby Dick – 11 pages and 11 words long.
“Sailor. Ship. Captain. Leg. Mad. Sail. Whale. Chase. Ram. Sink. Float.”
Bravo. I doubt even Herman Melville could improve on that. I know I couldn't.