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I thought this condensed version of the famous story, rendered into verse, was excellent. Many of the main plot points were retained and the basic plot is intact. My only concern was that, though excellent, some of the illustrations were extremely dark and scary for young children. But overall this is an excellent find.
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.
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
This is a lovely, rhyming children’s version of A Christmas Carol. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed and thus would make a lovely gift. Although the age states 3-5, I would suggest that it would be suitable for any primary aged child too.