A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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About Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.
 
Published September 25, 2000 by Viking Juvenile. 107 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The beloved Christmas classic is skillfully adapted for this simplified introduction to the tale, amplified by large-format art from the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Sep 15 2009 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

The New York Times

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One of the most striking images in the book, and in this television adaptation, occurs when the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to see the homeless masses living on the streets and suddenly reveals two scrawny waifs huddled in a fear that is both pathetic and menacing.

Dec 17 1984 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

The New York Times

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The ghost then sends three spirits — the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Erin Partin), Christmas Present (Ames Adamson) and Christmas Yet to Come (Clark Carmichael) — to show Scrooge the errors of his ways.

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The New York Times

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If only Ebenezer Scrooge had not, in the excitement of his transformation from miser to humanitarian, diverged from the traditional Christmas goose to surprise Bob Cratchit with a turkey “twice the size of Tiny Tim.” But — alas — he did, and as “A Christmas Carol” approaches its 165th birthday, a...

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The Guardian

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Indeed, there is a part in A Christmas Carol where one of the Spirits shows Scrooge a boy and a girl - Ignorance and Want - whose "scowling, wolfish" features radiate the resentment bred in the underclasses.

Dec 24 2005 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

Publishers Weekly

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Blake interprets Dickens’s Christmas classic with his characteristically droll ink-and-watercolor illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly

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For many people in the 21st century, Dickens's A Christmas Carol has come to define what "keeping Christmas" should look like.

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BC Books

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While Dickens, even in spite of his attention to the horrors of the world he lived in, has often been accused of sentimentality, I would doubt that anyone would accuse Kumar's illustrations of anything even close.

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BC Books

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Just in time for Christmas, Campfire Graphic Novels' version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol arrived in the mail.

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New York Journal of Books

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Examiner

in contrast to the Ghost of Christmas Past who placed Scrooge’s hand upon it’s heart before taking him on a journey, this spirit is friendly but much more authoritative in letting Scrooge touch his robe instead.

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Examiner

In this regard, interestingly it is actually Alan Young and Michael Caine whose portrayal—in Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Muppet Christmas Carol, respectively—is nearer to Dickens (Caine dances with the Ghost of Christmas Present before they even make it to the Cratchits’ house).

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Examiner

Since that time the story has been read by millions and A Christmas Carol has been re-written in dozens of forms between books, television and movies you can find such characters as "Barbie in A Christmas carol", "Mister Magoo's Christmas carol", "Dora's Christmas carol adventure", "Mickey's Chri...

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New York Journal of Books

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Who knew that the timeless Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, could be so beautifully re-imagined in such a fresh, exuberant way?In this gorgeous pop-up book, artist Charles Fischer and paper engineer Bruce Foster have created a 3-D offering that is worthy of its price, collectible, and ...

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The Telegraph

Words even worse than “Bah, humbug!” may have crossed my lips as I fought my way through the West End crowds – swelled by crowds of students dressed up as Father Christmas and swigging copiously from cans of lager – and queued to gain admittance to the Arts Theatre.

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The Telegraph

The Platonic ideal of Christmas — holly-wreathed, turkey-haunted, lit by the plum pudding that is the incandescent pinnacle of an indigestible festive feast — may have its origins in paganism, with decorative tweaks by Prince Albert, but it was Dickens who assembled all the disparate ...

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Christian Science Monitor

"Disney's A Christmas Carol" is, by my count, the 5,093rd movie adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" – or, as I prefer to call it, "Dickens's A Christmas Carol."

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The Bookbag

I couldn't help but smile when Michael Morpurgo (who writes the short introduction to this book) says It is very difficult to sit and read Dickens' Christmas Books in a Devon garden on a sunny day ...

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Huffington Post

If you've seen any of the ads (including posters/print) for Disney's A Christmas Carol (3D), you (and kids) would think that the film is a funny, slapsticky, action-filled Jim Carrey romp that makes dazzling use of the advances in performance-capture 3D/CG technology.

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Pajiba

It is a marvelous antidote to the cynicism and commercialization around Christmas and a good reminder to take the time to appreciate your friends and family and to do your part to help others both at Christmas and the whole year through.

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Oregon Live

For those who love the tradition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” but have heard Tiny Tim pipe up with “God bless us, everyone one!” just once too often, Scott Palmer’s splendidly imaginative adaptation of the classic story by Bag & Baggage Productions could be just the thing this holid...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Dickens did not quite "invent" Christmas, as it is sometimes claimed, but, ever since A Christmas Carol was published in 1843, Scrooge's Yuletide nightmares and joyful Christmas morning have become as much a part of the popular idea of the season as Christmas trees and endless, maddening renditio...

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Common Sense Media

Scrooge is then summoned by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come (all played by Carrey), each of whom gives the crotchety old man a peek at defining moments in his life and possible future -- as well as the life of poor-but-happy Cratchit, whose crippled son ...

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Common Sense Media

i love this book very hard to read but still love it very sad but still good maybe A bit to sad or scary for young children.

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Common Sense Media

The Ghost of Christmas Present shows him what Christmas Day is like for those he knows, and for strangers.

Dec 11 2005 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

BellaOnline

Caution though: A Christmas Carol carries a PG rating for “scary sequences and images.” It will be best to save A Christmas Carol for a future stocking stuffer treat for young ones who are frightened by that which is frightening.

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BellaOnline

Most of us know the story – if only from one of the many films based on the Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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Journal Sentinel

In its just-released December issue, American Theatre magazine suggests that, for all its popularity in theaters throughout the country, "A Christmas Carol" may be getting tired.

Dec 01 2012 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

BlogHer

Have I told you lately how awesome this community is and how much I love all y'all?

Dec 20 2012 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

National Review Online

“There were no Christmas cards in 1843 England, no Christmas trees at royal residences or White Houses, no Christmas turkeys, no department-store Santa or his million clones, no outpouring of ‘Yuletide greetings,’ no weeklong cessation of business affairs through the New Year,” Standiford writes.

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Austin Chronicle

You've probably seen more permutations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol than you realize.

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HistoryNet

Since 1843, Charles Dickens' special Christmas gift to the whole world, A Christmas Carol, has been delighting readers,young and old alike.

Aug 12 2001 | Read Full Review of A Christmas Carol (Whole Story)

ForeWord Reviews

Dickens pursues the mysterious Mr. Kruge, and Adams purports that it is the tale that follows that leads Dickens to write A Christmas Carol.

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Times Colonist

To redeem old man Scrooge's soul, Jacob Marley's ghost haunts his former business partner on Christmas Eve.

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Media Mikes

Alastair Sim Version: Too Good to be Shown only at Christmastime” is a chat about the film with Fred Guida, author of “A Christmas Carol and it’s Adaptions” Lastly, “Silent Dickens” is a collection of Dickens’ silent work from 1922 now in HD, “Scrooge” and “Bleak House”.

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The Morning Call

Glassman also brings a cheeky sense of humor to his Scrooge, whether chiding Marley's Ghost, played by Mark Collmer, or teasing a shocked Mrs. Colby, played by Susan Schlegel.

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TheaterMania

What makes the show somewhat disappointing is that its writers, Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, have an impressive pedigree as writers of The Colbert Report.

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

On November 17, opening night for the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater, the show had to be paused just before the Fezziwigs' party: a man in the audience experienced what was feared to be a cardiac arrest, and paramedics came to take him to Hennepin County Medical Center.

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