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Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843651653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843651659
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.


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Delightfully illustrated...bursting with Blake's trademark quirky liveliness. --School Library Journal, Oct 2012 issue

This would be a delightful holiday gift, fitting for new readers of chapter books, fans of Blake's illustrations, or for those looking for a family read-aloud. --Children's Literature's Comprehensive Database December 2012

About the Author

Quentin Blake is one of today's most popular and best-loved children's illustrators. His books are loved by children all over the world. His titles include Mr Magnolia, Mrs Armitage and, of course, the many stories of Roald Dahl.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful version of the old story. Illustrations are superb. The feel of the book is lovely. The language is still appropriately that of Dickens - makes for a talking point. The story and language haven't been too simplified.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 10 Feb. 2011
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'A Christmas Carol' is a short work compared with most of Dickens' literature, but that it not a problem: the story is just so good and the language is just so exquisite.

This edition of the book is fantastic and one to treasure. It is beautifully illustrated and amazing value for the price.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Curran on 2 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to receiving this and expected to be giving a five star review, I hate to say it but this combination of Dickens and Blake is rather disappointing.

Firstly though the positives, for the price this is a good value substantial book, the cover is designed to give it an antiquated feel, the text is unabridged, the art work lively and familiar, the paper is good quality and the book has some childfriendly extas including a short biography of Charles Dickens and Quentin Blake and an interesting foreword from the illustrator.

The negatives, well for me there is not enough contrast between the scenes of warmth and jollification and the cold nights of despair, despite the former being in full colour and the latter in black and white, somehow it's just not enough. The ghosts quite simply are not scary enough, there are not enough full page illustrations, too little contrast between the Scrooge we see at the beginning and the one we see at the end, The Cratchits look remarkably healthy and well-fed.

Clearly the story is timeless and as Quentin Blake's work and style is so familiar to most children it makes Dickens more approachable to the younger reader, there is nothing wrong with this edition, I am content with my purchase yet all the same this book lacks the magic and wonder that Christmas is all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J on 12 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A really beautiful book to gift so that it can be treasured for years on end. Some lovely illustrations and a great size to give younger ones a first taste of the world of Charles Dickens.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fahrenheit452 on 25 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of Quentin Blake (and who isn't) this is the Christmas Carol for you. A bright and lively book with a substantial and well-produced feel about it, this is a great present for anyone who lives Christmas (young or old).
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