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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Charles Dickens (Author) , Pamela Kennedy (Adaptor) , Carol Heyer (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 1-57102-047-0

 This simplified version of the classic is a straightforward piece of work, sticking to the grand elements of the storyline: The miserly Scrooge gets his Christmas eve comeuppance from Marley and the three ghosts, sees the folly of his parsimonious ways, and becomes a changed man. Great hunks of the original have been left on the cutting room floor, naturally enough, but what is left feels too much like a pastiche: scenic views without the travel in between. Heyer's crisp acrylics are accomplished and often stunning, though there are odd moments when the artwork isn't in step with the text (why aren't Marley's glasses up on his ghostly forehead?) and other times when it simply fails to convey the story's spirit, such as the dance scene with the Ghost of Christmas Past. This retelling will be most successful if it spurs readers on to the original. (Picture book. 4-8)