Shabby Sunday: The Call of the Wild Illustrated Classics by Jack London (Mitsu Yamamoto) 1989


Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

The Call of the Wild (Great Illustrated Classics)

by Mitsu Yamamoto (Adapter)Jack LondonPablo Marcos Studio(Illustrator)

Blurb: The world’s best-loved children’s stories set in large type for easy reading.
— Over 100 illustrations in each book
Buck, a powerful young dog, is snatched away from an easy life in California and transported to the Far North. The Klondike at the turn of the century is filled with greedy prospectors for gold, wild Indians, and savage wolves. Buck becomes a sled dog and must learn cunning and toughness to survive. Trained by a master he comes to love, Buck becomes the strongest and fiercest sled dog in all of Alaska. But deep inside Buck feels the urge to be free of man’s rule and to heed “the call of the wild.”

My Thoughts:

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland and the first thing I thought to do was head outside and watch my dogs run and play in the snow. I couldn’t help but think about one of my favorite books from when I was a kid, The Call of the Wild, which I think is the perfect book for this snowy, Shabby Sunday.
The Call of the Wild is about a dog named Buck who’s living at his home in California with his owner when he is kidnapped and shipped to the Klondike to be used as a sled dog. There he endures danger, including abuse, as he’s sold multiple times. He eventually learns to respect his captors as he experiences adventure while at the same time he must have the endurance to survive.
To me, this book is enthralling and a real page turner. I had to learn of Buck’s fate and experienced multiple emotions throughout his journey. There’s violence, heartache, and it’s difficult to not sympathize with Buck with all that he’s having to endure. It’s actually quite easy to relate to Buck as much of what he experiences can be compared to what we as humans experience in our own lives. It also draws attention to the bond between man and dog, and for that, this has to be one of my most cherished dog stories.The descriptions of the scenery make the story feel so realistic to me and I think the book is beautifully written.
My edition is a hardcover illustrated classic from 1989. It’s in fairly decent shape. What I love about these illustrated classics is the large print and black and white illustrations throughout to break up the text a bit. This is a great edition for kids who are are new to chapter books and for all ages, but some parents might be reluctant to let their children read it because of some of the violent events in the book.
You can find this edition on Goodreads and Amazon
  • Series: Great Illustrated Classics
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Abdo Pub Co (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086611954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0866119542


Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm


Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Thanks for visiting Shabby Sunday! Do you have any vintage books you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like to!


23 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: The Call of the Wild Illustrated Classics by Jack London (Mitsu Yamamoto) 1989

  1. Oh, I just noticed the ADAPTED BY which means it isn’t the original text. That part is disappoionting to me I may have that exact copy, and it would be interesting to see how it compares to a Dover copy maybe, since they print things straight. We just started getting snow here in NY state too, so it seems a good book for this kind of weather!

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  2. David R. Dowdy

    We try not to get too excited about snow in North Carolina, but that’s a beautiful backdrop for your picture of TCOTW. It’s a great story for suspense. Imagine what must go thru a young reader’s mind! I like that you’re considerate of a 🐕’s feelings too.

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  3. Nel

    Nice backdrop this Shabby Sunday (even though I’m late to the party 😉 ). I haven’t read this book in so long but that’s a really nice copy you have there! 🙂

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