From Publishers Weekly
With her usual engaging approach, Marcia Williams tackles the works of Charles Dickens (as she has Homer, Shakespeare and others in the past) in Charles Dickens and Friends. A handful of Victorian classics-Oliver Twist; Great Expectations; A Tale of Two Cities; David Copperfield; and A Christmas Carol-unfold in sepia-toned cartoon panels with a pacing that plays up Oliver's plea for "More," the storming of the Bastille, and Marley's ghostly appearance to Scrooge.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Somewhere between "Classic Comics" (Smithmark) and graphic novels lies this collection of Dickens's works, drastically abridged and presented in large comic-strip format, combining adapted text below cartoon drawings. Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol are distilled into 6- to 10-page stories that include the bare rudiments of each plot and droll illustrations featuring dialogue taken directly from the original works, spilling out of the frames into the margins with additional witty commentary. Condensing long novels into so few pages requires judicious use of words, and Williams rises to the challenge, providing the salient events in a reasonably smooth narrative flow. Nevertheless, Dickens's masterful storytelling is lost and thus there is a greater dependence on the pictures to make the stories interesting and fun. The framed, whimsical art, which varies widely in palette, size, and tone, corresponding with theme and action, is augmented with banner heads taken from chapter titles. Readers will, of course, be familiar with A Christmas Carol and, perhaps, Oliver Twist, and will likely enjoy revisiting them and poring over the details of the illustrations, although the meaning of some of the captions will undoubtedly elude them. An interesting, if barely adequate, introduction to these classics.Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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