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on 19 March 2001
A brilliant and highly original reworking of Charles Dickens's ten most famous stories. For example, 'A Christmas Carol' is treated as a script for the Xmas-Files, whereas 'The Pickwick Papers' is presented as Tracey Weller's school project on 'A Member of my Family'. These are combined with fascinating background information about Victorian London, covering subjects such as education, crime, entertainment and the workhouse. A wonderful introduction to Dickens's novels that will also give children an insight into what life was like in Victorian times.
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on 1 December 2006
From the popular TOP TEN series of books 'DICKENS STORIES'.

'....you're never alone with a Dickens story. Open the book and you open the door to a crowd of characters who leap into life from the page. Mr Dickens created over two thousand of them...
In his world you`ll find murderers and madmen, crooks and conmen, beautiful young girls and wicked old hags, the kind and the cruel, the innocent and the guilt.
BUT these are BIG books. You can't whip through them while you`re waiting for the school bus!
So here are ten of his stories, told in shorter ways than the Victorians were used to - and very different ways...... (I wonder if Queen Victoria would have been amused.....).'

240 pages, split into chapters:

Introduction
STORY 10 - A CHRISTMAS CAROL
STORY 9 - THE PICKWICK PAPERS
STORY 8 - DOMBEY & SON
STORY 7 - HARD TIMES
STORY 6 - THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP
STORY 5 - GREAT EXPECTATIONS
STORY 4 - OLIVER TWIST
STORY 3 - A TALE OF TWO CITIES
STORY 2 - NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
STORY 1 - DAVID COPPERFIELD

With 10 individual 'Top Facts' sections, too.
Completed with an epilogue.

Written in a variety of fonts with humorous black and white cartoon illustrations throughout, this is a packed full of information of Victorian Times, too.
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on 27 March 2001
Anyone who feels daunted by Dickens, please start here. Not only has Valerie Wilding managed to capture the spirit of ten of the great writer's best loved stories in the most hilarious and inventive way, she has also crammed the book with fascinating background material about Dickens himself, and the period in which he lived. All sorts of witty and informative snippets surround these stories. Quick quizzes, cartoons, fact files, brilliant illustrations and wit. What more could anyone want?
"Not horrible enough," declares the inspector visiting the workhouse, as younger and younger children climb into smaller and smaller crevices in hot chimneys. Buy one get one free. Then there are the sparrowhawks at The Great Exhibition, rotten eggs, spirits and ghouls, love, squalor and death. Victorian horror for today's children. I gave a copy of Top Ten Dickens Stories to each of my grand children for Christmas, and they agree, these stories are enough to make even a hanging-judge weep - probably with laughter.
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