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About the Author

Arguably one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens is the author of such literary masterpieces as A Tale of Two Cities (1859), A Christmas Carol (1843), David Copperfield (1850), and The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1839), among many others. Dickens' s indelible characters and timeless stories continue to resonate with readers around the world more than 130 years after his death. Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.

David Roach is a British comic book artist and writer, working for companies including 2000AD, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. He is associate editor of US magazine Comic Book Artist, and has edited many books on comic books and illustration.



Mike Collins has a long career in comics publishing working on both creator-owned and licensed properties, including contributions to "Batman, Superman, Justice League, Uncanny X-Men", among others. Mike lives in Wales, England. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Classical Comics; Reprint edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906332525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906332525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This graphic novel was part of an assignment for my freshman writing class at college and I thought it was a very good choice. I had to read the classic text-only adaptation of The Christmas Carol and I much rather would read the graphic novel because it is very intriguing. The characters in the book were drawn out exactly how they were described in the book, making it easier to follow. The pictures are bright and very detailed making it very pleasing to the eye. It follows the original text of the classic so you are still getting the same story plot, just in pictures. I would recommend this book for any class to read or even just to read in spare time if you want.
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Wow. This is a really impressive looking book with its glossy-black-on-matte-black cover illustration. My husband snatched it out of my hands almost directly after I got it out of the envelope. The interior graphics are good too, though not amazingly so. I do like the way the designers chose to present the "scenes" that Scrooge visits with the ghosts in less vivid tones and slightly fuzzy outlines. I think this would be a great format for introducing reluctant readers to the classics, especially for boys experiencing that infamous "5th grade slump". Please please please do not get the "Quick Text" version--the samples included in the back of the book made me cringe. Useful if somewhat pedestrian biographical and historical material is appended to the text. More interesting is a short article showing the evolution of the book from script to finished page.
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The work that went into this graphic novel is very impressive. The time and exquisite detail in preserving the feeling, tone and even nuances of illustrating the spirits in the scenes - bravo.

I had purchased a few cheap illustrated versions of A Christmas Carol for Kindle and was let down. This version had me glued to every page to enjoy again this Dicken's classic in a graphic novel format.
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This a great book to have and read!! It tells the story and show's the characters in color and its well drawn out!!! Buy two so you'll have one for yourself and one for the kid's!! You can even act out the different scenes with each other and enjoy the story even more!! Amazon has the best prices on this book, new and used!!
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This is a graphic novel presentation of the classic "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, in the `original text' version. Classical Comics has prepared two graphic novel versions of this story, one is a "quick text" version told in modern English intended for a fast-paced read. This book in the "original text" version cuts out some of the words that describe the physical action taking place (as that is shown in the illustrations). It cuts out some of the extraneous descriptions but in a side by side comparison the dialogue and nearly all of the other text is identical to the original book by Dickens.

At the back of the book is wealth of background information on the author including a five page biography and a family tree for Charles Dickens as well as a two page timeline of his life. Two pages about the true history of England and its relevance to the story is provided as well as two more pages on the history of the celebration of Christmas in England including changes in the Victorian Era. Lastly two pages explain the writer's and artist's process to transform a book from traditional text to create a graphic novel format telling of the story. These sections are interesting (not boring) and are worthy of reading (not just by school teachers to create lesson plans although they could be used for that). The information about the history of England and Christmas celebrations was insightful to put the fictional story into context.

The illustrations are in full color and the illustrations are of high quality. This reminds me of the high quality, modern superhero graphic novels with the classic shift in perspectives, different sized boxes, and going back and forth from farther back to extreme close-up's.
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One possible way of identifying a book as a classic is the depth of enrichment and appreciation a reader can get out of the story through multiple readings or enjoying it in other forms.

This is certainly the case with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Classical Comics' new graphic novel edition offers a welcome new glimpse into this classic story. Even after many readings of the original and viewings of numerous movie and television versions, I found this graphic novel to be fresh, thoughtful and quite moving. The writers and artists have presented the story with all the warmth and dignity it deserves.

I was also impressed with the respect for the original language and story line that are kept remarkably intact in this edition.

An enjoyable read for all ages this Christmas.
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