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Interesting take on the tale but it didn't seem to fit very well
on 6 December 2015
I'm a sucker for trying updates and retellings of classics. And a 20-minute poem based on A Christmas Carol? Definitely.
I've enjoyed Duffy's poems before, and love Simmonds' artwork - the two work well together here.
The ecological angle is an intriguing one - here Mrs Scrooge is the widow of Scrooge, and is a bit of an eco-warrior, trying to convert people to her cause. She is shown the past, present and future of her life and the usual Christmas ending occurs.
I liked the idea, I liked the language and eco-talk, but I didn't really see how it all fit with her needing to see any error of her ways or needing redemption - personally I agreed with a lot of her views! And didn't see any change in her at the end.
A lovely quick read, though, and a good stocking filler for fans of either author or illustrator, but I didin't really see that the story fit the Dickens original.