A truly remarkable adaptation - one that has perhaps convinced me once and for all that abridgements aren't inherently evil things. Neither the language nor the themes have been dumbed down here - making this an absolute delight to read aloud with an older child. Chris Riddell's abundant illustrations - quirky and just a touch perverse - couldn't be any more perfectly suited to this edition. I don't think either of us will ever forget the image of the Laputan scientist in a room quite literally covered in shit attempting to convert feces into food. Yes, he went there and I'm so glad he did.