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A Christmas Carol Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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The text is not only shorter but also more accessible while still true to Dickens. For example, "Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire" has been simplified to "He was a scraping old sinner, hard and sharp as flint." The plot, too, is streamlined. Gone is Scrooge's little sister, Fan, and gone, too, is Belle, the girl Scrooge almost married, but the three Christmas ghosts appear in all their mystery and magic. Mysterious and magical, too, is the new artwork, combining watercolor, pencil, and pastel to brighten the joyful parts of the story and shadow the eerie events. The result is a winning presentation, sure to please.
I was not disappointed.
Just take a second now to look at the cover of this book. Whether you have it in your hand, or you look at it on Amazon, just glance at it for a few seconds. Do you see the intricate detail artist Dean Morrissey puts in his illustration? The bricks on the wall, and shadow on Scrooge's face. The snow on the pavement on the ground. This intricate attention to detail is present throughout all of the illustrations. They are gorgeous, and they bring vibrant life to Dickens' classic.
Now, for the treatment of Dickens' writing. This book is abridged, but is marvelously done. Many of the lines are Dickens' own, and all of the cuts come from lengthy descriptions that aren't essential to the story. Dickens' overall tone and beautiful use of language are present in this book, and they make the tale of Scrooge and his redemption as inspiring as it's ever been.
This is a nice introduction if you've never read the Dickens original (though I can't imagine anyone hasn't). However, if you have read it, this is a must-own if you value Scrooge and his ghosts as an essential part of the holiday season, as I do.
A great book for a 6 yr old. Probably 5 to 9 would also like it.
(If you go to Amazon, which is where I purchased this, it's a little confusing. Ya see, there is a hardcover, a paperback, and an e-book. Because of the fact that Amazon allows other people to sell books on there, the sales pages(s) can sometimes be a bit frustrating. I'm confused as to whether the e-book is the same as the one I have now, because it has a different cover; says nothing about Brett Helquist, even though it's connected to the hardcover and paperback that do; and speaks of an introduction and literary critique, which my copy does not have. But that's okay, and didn't effect my rating and review, because that's not why I purchased the book, but I would have been interested to read them.)
If you know the story as well as I do, it's a little awkward reading a shortened version of the whole story because you're expecting words, lines, etc to be there and they're not. The illustrations are amazing, though - seeing the depictions in this book, while reading along to the story, was awesome - so awesome I read it twice before I even shared it with the kidd-os. The details that Brett put into these pictures are great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Follows original storyline, but simplified for younger kids. Great for character traits, I used it to compare and contrast with the grinchPublished 18 days ago by frances
This is the most beautiful book! I bought it before taking my 7 and 5 yr. old children to the play, for fear they'd be scared, and/or confused by the play. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Luchi1012
This is a delightful rendition of the classic Dickens story. Brett Helquist's attention to detail is amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shelli King
I think Mr Dickens would be happy that his wonderful tale can be easily read by younger children without losing the story. The art Brett Helquist did an amazing job as usual. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan E. Johnstone
I used this as a read aloud with my third graders. They loved it!Published 9 months ago by teachelementary
I've never read a book as amazing as this one is! It's so interesting and really good I finished it in 5 minutesPublished 10 months ago by N. Grace
From reading the website description for this version of A Christmas Carol and other customers' reviews, I thought I would be getting a version with an introduction, the full text... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. C. Beadles