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A Christmas Carol The Graphic Novel: Quick Text (British English) Paperback – 13 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Classical Comics; British English edition (13 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906332185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906332181
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1951, Alastair Simm portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic black and white film and vocally reprised the role in a 1971 30 minute TV animated version. And there have been many other film and TV versions as well as comic adaptions over the decades. I know. I'm old. I've seen them.So,dusting the spiders webs from my head,I sat down to read Classical Comics version because I had seen some artwork back in May but I really wondered whether the full version would work -could the team add a little extra or a twist to make this better than any other version?No.And by A"noA" I mean that there was no need to add a little something extra or twist. This is the original Dickens story that gave us goosebumps when the teacher read it to us all those years ago in school.Mike Collins and David Roach [who I believe used to produce a Small Press mag titled A"HellfireA" back in the 1980s] will be familiar to comic fans. But could they adapt Mr. Dickens' classic?Of course they can! I could imagine receiving this as a Christmas present and sitting down to read it after dark. It's everything you expect from A Christmas Carol and fun to read and look at.Collins and Roach. Fantastic art. And the colourist,James Offredi does a really great job that adds so much more to the art -look at Marley's Ghost. Wonderful.Original Text is great but I think for younger readers it has to be Quick Text. I have to honestly say that I do,for some reason,look for faults or something not quite right. Why I have no idea. The logo A"Classical ComicsA" says it all.As with the other titles there are the list of characters the Dramatis personae,a lot of information on the author,how the book was drawn,lettered and even Teachers Resources notes. Perhaps the government ought to invest money by buying and distributing these books to schools to educate children but it seems they don't have that kind of money [only the kind for bailing out crooked bankers].Reading for fun or otherwise,these books,whether Henry V, MacBeth, Jane Eyre or A Christmas Carol,cannot be faulted and here's to the companies continued success!www.comicbitsonline.com

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By Walker23 on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
Some reviews I've noticed for this book:

"This is the second classic comic that I have read, and I find this one of the best graphic adaptations I have read so far. The original text is faithful to the novel; the illustrations are excellently done (something that can rarely be achieved by other collections); and the additional information may be useful to understand the social and cultural contexts of the novel.I think other readers will love it too."
- Elvin Ortiz, amazon.com

"I read this book as part of an assignment in a writing class. I was fairly unfamiliar with graphic novels before reading this book and I am glad I started with this one because it was a good introduction. I had previously thought of graphic novels as science fiction comics for kids or people who didn't like to read. This book convinces me that the graphic format is capable of telling serious stories.

The artwork in this book is bright, colorful, and expressive. Only original text is used in the book so it still has the sound and feel of the classic. This version also has extra information at the end that is very helpful if you want to know the history of the author and the story behind the book.

The downside of this book for me was that it did not contain all of the original text. Because I read the classic version along with the graphic I had the chance to see them both simultaneously which helped me see the strengths of the graphic.

Minus my small complaint, this is a good version of a great story. I recommend it."
- Joseph Brown - Amazon.com

"If a person is looking for the top of the line classic, graphic novel this would be a great book for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Tutt on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I believe that this text will be an ideal prompt for reluctant male readers in the classroom. The elaborate images and straight forward vocabulary will keep them focused on the story and hopefully will encourage them to want to read on. I will certainly be purchasing other titles from the series in the future.
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By Sam on 25 April 2013
Format: Paperback
Beautifully illustrated, an excellent read and a very atmospheric page-turner indeed. I don't know if I'd go so far as K.M.Tutt's suggestion, below, of using it in the classroom instead of the original novel due to the attention span of her students. Maybe the graphic novel could be used as a companion alongside a more effective teaching method of the original novel. Highly recommended.
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