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Charles Dickens and Friends: Five Lively Retellings by Marcia Williams Hardcover – October 28, 2002

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763619051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763619053
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 13.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is just an awesome book, so full of delightful, incredibly detailed pictures. I'm not sure who it would be for though. Maybe an adult who knew all of Dickens' novels backwards and forwards? Or someone taking English Lit, who wanted something light for a change? Anyway, the illustrations are great, and the character of the novels really comes through.
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Format: Paperback
My 10 year-old son ABSOLUTELY LOVES this book. We found it at the library and when we began the book, I told him we would only read a few pages because I had to get back to work. He agreed because he figured it wouldn't be that interesting. By the time my customer got there (about halfway through "Oliver Twist," he was so engrossed in the story that he pleaded with me for us to finish reading the story together. My customer was very gracious and waited patiently while we finished the story.

I was so impressed that I plan to invest in as many Marcia Williams books as we can afford. If it incites his desire to read, it is most definitely worth the money.
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The book was not the one pictured. I was a different name and cover with the same stories inside. Also, it took forever to get here, and yes it came in the time frame given. I would have sent it back but my grandson was so glad to finally get it he wouldn't let me.
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