Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2009. HarperCollins. 40 pages.

Marley was dead. There was no doubt whatever that Old Marley was dead as a doornail. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

A picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It is abbreviated. In places it felt rushed--even more rushed than several of the cartoon adaptations--but it was able to keep the flavor of the original in a way most cartoon adaptations aren't. So it wasn't a bad read--just an incomplete one--for this adult reader.

I loved the illustrations. It's illustrated by Brett Helquist. And he does a great job with Scrooge! I liked this one. I would recommend it.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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