Search Results: "Charles Dickens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHILD’S STORY by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Still among the greatest of 'crossover' writers, Dickens broadens the appeal of this most ancient of metaphors by casting it as a tale told by a child—and it positively begs to be read aloud. (Picture book. 9-11, adult)"
Chan (Music for the Tsar of the Sea, 1998, etc.) illustrates one of Dickens's lesser-known Christmas stories (in this case there's only a passing reference to the holiday) with lustrous, full-page scenes of figures in antique dress, slightly hazy as if viewed through a scrim, and moving through shadowy woods. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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SCROOGE #WORSTGIFTEVER by Charles Dickens
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This inventive retelling is part of the OMG Classics series. OMG, indeed. English class may never be the same. (Graphic classic. 12 & up)"
A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from miser to mensch, is recast for a new generation with this 21st-century version told entirely in texts, Facebook posts, and chat transcripts. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"The lessons Scrooge learned are still valuable and worthy of passing along to younger readers, who can meet these famous characters and learn the origin of the oft-quoted 'Humbug!' (Picture book. 6-12) "
Gloomy old Scrooge glowers menacingly from the cover in this lavishly illustrated abridgement of the beloved Christmas story. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A unique, ageless Yuletide treasure for fans and collectors alike."
A perennial holiday favorite is immortalized with a singular trade edition of the original manuscript. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF OUR LORD by Charles Dickens
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Piety for mopheads."
Dickens rivals Uriah Heep at his —umblest in this mawkish rehearsal of the Christ story. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"More colorful, if less scholarly, than The Annotated Christmas Carol (1989), this is not only well-suited to assignment-driven reading, but is likely to entice some new young fans into the Dickensian fold. (Fiction. 11+)"
Over 150 years old, it is no surprise that Dickens's classic tale is filled with details and references that have become obscure—and so, voila! Read full book review >

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SCROOGE by Charles Dickens
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Rodolphe, illustrated by Estelle Meyrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Adequate alternatives to the sometimes tediously wordy originals, though the lack of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come seems a major loss. (biographical sketch) (Graphic classic. 8-11)"
A double dose of Dickens, severely "adapted" in this graphic format but featuring illustrations that thicken the period atmosphere. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"This abridgement makes the original story accessible to a wide age range and would be a fine preparation for families preparing to attend a theatrical production of A Christmas Carol. (Picture book. 7-12)"
The beloved Christmas classic is skillfully adapted for this simplified introduction to the tale, amplified by large-format art from the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This retelling will be most successful if it spurs readers on to the original. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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. Read full book review >

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THINGS IN THE NIGHT by Mati Unt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 26, 2006

"Clever but utterly lacking in structure, suggesting that seen-it-all intellectual ennui managed to beat capitalism to the westernmost nook of the Soviet Union."
A postmodernist mélange of ideas, impressions, jot-downs and academic trivia assumes the guise of a novel in an Estonian intellectual's English-language debut. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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