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Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol [Hardcover]

Charles Dickens
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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15 Sep 2011
A beautiful edition of the timeless Christmas classic. A Christmas Carol is the book that defines the Christms spirit. Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean-spirited miser, is visited by three ghosts one Christmas Eve. The ghosts show Scrooge the true value of Christmas: charity, good humour and love for his fellow man. Quentin Blake's colourful illustrations guide the reader through Scrooge's lively journey to find the meaning of Christmas. This unabridged edition contains a foreword by the illustrator and is the ultimate Christmas gift book.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843651653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843651659
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,524 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol 22 Dec 2009
By Yoda
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story, beautiful edition! 10 Feb 2011
By Brian
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 12 Mar 2011
By J
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Edition 25 Nov 2008
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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4.0 out of 5 stars What I expected and yet somehow disappointing 2 Dec 2008
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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