Reviews for Christmas Carol


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
Historical notes, small color photographs, and illustrations in the margins, along with a few double-page spreads offering more information, supplement the text of Dickens's classic holiday tale about generosity. The additional notes add to the crowded format and are by no means comprehensive, but provide some interesting facts. The watercolor sketches are of average quality. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2000 September #2
Over 150 years old, it is no surprise that Dickens's classic tale is filled with details and references that have become obscure--and so, voila! This sumptuous new edition, originally published in France, is printed on coated stock and well-supplied with marginal notes. It includes small but clear contemporary street scenes, title pages, documents, a mid-19th-century map of London, even reproduced portions of the original manuscript, all designed to give readers a literary and historical context for the story's creation and events. Readers will come to know more about Dickens, too, since many of the notes refer to the connections between his life and his writing. Moreover, Geldart's homey, soft-lined new art complements the selected examples of John Leech's 1843 illustrations nicely to track Scrooge's changes. More colorful, if less scholarly, than The Annotated Christmas Carol (1989), this is not only well-suited to assignment-driven reading, but is likely to entice some new young fans into the Dickensian fold. (Fiction. 11+) Copyright 2000 Kirkus Reviews

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