Wednesday, August 12, 2020

85. A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol. Adapted by Philip Gooden. 2020. [October] 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Let’s begin at the beginning: Marley was dead. There could be no doubt about that. Yes, old Marley was as dead as a doornail.

Premise/plot: A Christmas Carol has been adapted by Philip Gooden for a young audience--think 7 on up. The heart of the story remains much the same--most adaptations capture the basics and focus on the most important details. That is certainly the case here, a miserly old man is visited by four ghosts--Marley and the three spirits of Christmas past, present, future--and he's given an opportunity to change before it's too late.

My thoughts: I like this one. I think it is certainly age appropriate. This isn't the whole A Christmas Carol. There are details that are left out or softened. But essentially it remains true to the original. (Though not in language or style. One doesn't really get a sense of Dickens as a writer--but one does get the sense of his storytelling.)

I would recommend especially to those families that LOVE to watch adaptations of Christmas Carol (Mickey Mouse, Muppet, Magoo, Sesame Street, etc.) 

© 2020 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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