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5.0 out of 5 starsA great way to introduce children to Dickens' most Christmassy of stories.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2020
A great festive choice and an accessible way to introduce children to Dickens' most Christmassy of stories. The illustrations are wonderful and this rhyming version of the tale make it an appealing re-telling of a classic. While the book is aimed at younger readers and it is abridged, your children will get a full appreciation for the story. It's worth bearing in mind that there are some less cheerful elements to the story (per the original), so sensitive children may find the ghosts, etc a little scary. Some of the illustrations are a little dark to reflect this aspect of the story. All in all, I think this is a great adaptation. A lovely to thing to read as Christmas draws near.
4.0 out of 5 starsLavishly illustrated rhyming version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2018
This is the classic Charles Dickens Christmas ghost story, retold by Tony Mitton as a lengthy poem. Mitton's trademark (and often groan-worthy!) rhyming couplets are in full effect here, and the story flows quite nicely in this format.
The illustrations are absolutely spectacular, but land squarely on the PG side with the Ghost of Christmas Past (a gaunt, stoney-faced apparition) and the Ghost of Christmas Future (well... the grim reaper basically), but of course it's a ghost story so it's to be expected somewhat, and it is loyal to the original vibe.
Presented as large hardback with glossy pages, it'll make a nice gift and will definitely stand up to years of re-reading.
5.0 out of 5 starsClassic story retold for young children
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2020
This is the classic story of A Christmas Carol, retold by Tony Mitton. This is a great introduce young children to the story, with the author retelling the story in verse and rhymes which is very effective and appealing. However the stand out of the book is the beautiful illustrations by Mike Redman which are lovely and will help young children engage in the story. Overall this is a great quality book which will help introduce young children to the classic story. This book will be ideal to use in schools. Would recommend.
4.0 out of 5 starsA great introduction to the classic tale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2018
This is a lovely Christmas book and a great introduction to this classic tale. I’m impressed that they managed to put the whole story into verse and, although occasionally the rhymes are a bit clunky, it works pretty well. All the key elements of the story are here and by cutting it down it’s a story you can read all in one bedtime. I read it to my 6 and 4 year olds who enjoyed it and understood the story. The illustrations aren’t really to my taste and there are certain pages that the girls really don’t like as they’re so dark. However the story ends happily and with a warm image and message, which is a relief! We’ll no doubt be returning to this every Christmas until they grow up
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2020
A Christmas Carol was one of my favourite stories as a child and maybe I would have got into it even earlier if I had had this picture book version! This is an absolutely gorgeous book. I love the illustrations and the use of colour is just wonderful. I especially like how evocative they are. Some of the illustrations are brimming with joy and energy but there are also a couple that are quite dark and ominous. I know a couple of kids who will love this and it really brings out the emotions and themes in the story. The story is told in rhyme and, impressively, does manage to cover all the main points from the book. This is a beautiful retelling of a classic.
5.0 out of 5 starsLovely gift, with great illustrations and a rhyming edition of the classic!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 February 2019
This is a lovely version of he classic Christmas story! It’s written in rhyming verse and illustrated very effectively. I particularly like how there are few/dull colours during the dream stage of the story/poem. Then when scrooge wakes up, there are biggg colours for the end of the book. The book is hardback with the pages being high quality and easy to turn while holding a child in your lap. It’s also very light for transport to wherever you are spending Christmas! The title is written in gold on the cover and so this would also make a lovely gift.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2018
This is a picture book version of the classic, Christmas tale. It is told in verse and, as such, is delightful to read aloud to young children. What really makes this book, though, are the illustrations.
Although written for younger readers, this does keep fairly faithfully to the story, so could be a little scary for some children. There is the scene, for example, when the ghost of Christmas future takes Scrooge to see his grave. If you think your child is a little young, or would be upset, you could just skip that page. Overall, though, this is a beautiful book and a lovely introduction to the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn intriguing coupling of words and pictures - Scrooge re-imagined in verse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2018
if you're familiar with Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, then you will love this poetic retelling brought to life with vivid illustrations. As a teacher, I plan to use this with my Y6 class over the coming weeks (in the run-up to Christmas). Great use of language coupled with exquisite artwork. Perhaps a bit too dark in tone for younger readers, I think aged 10+ will get it straight away.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent and well-presented version of a classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2020
Excellent adaptation of A Christmas Carol that's presented in rhyming form and with all the key parts of the story present and intact. It's not too scary, which is good given the target age range of three to five, is really well illustrated and would make a great Christmas present or pre-Christmas story or read for any small child. Superb.