Steampunk: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the time-honored tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose encounters with the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come lead him to examine his bitter existence. Haunting steampunk illustrations by acclaimed artist Zdenko Basic accompany the original story, transforming this Christmas classic like never before. Images of steam-powered machinery, a chilling industrial London, and ornate mechanical gears come together as Scrooge ...

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the time-honored tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose encounters with the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come lead him to examine his bitter existence. Haunting steampunk illustrations by acclaimed artist Zdenko Basic accompany the original story, transforming this Christmas classic like never before. Images of steam-powered machinery, a chilling industrial London, and ornate mechanical gears come together as Scrooge travels through his life on Christmas Eve night.

Additionally, Charles Dickens’ celebrated short stores, “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” and “A Christmas Tree” are included and paired with equally enchanting steampunk illustrations. Those of us who cherish each holiday with Dickens in our hearts—the man who has linked the Christmas spirit with love, forgiveness, and charity—will treasure this rare collector’s edition for this Christmas and many to come.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 4 Up—This strange take on Dickens's classic Christmas tale is an unnecessary addition to the various versions already available. While the text remains true to the original, the steampunk illustrations vary from overly realistic photos of characters to frightening, seemingly digitally manipulated images, like Marley's ghost. The addition of steampunk elements, primarily consisting of goggles and industrial backgrounds, does not particularly enhance the story. If anything, the mix of digital and photo mediums is distracting. The most interesting illustrations are those that focus more on the backdrops and cityscapes than the characters themselves. The addition of two other of Dickens's stories, "A Christmas Tree" and "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton" will most likely not prove tempting enough to attract readers.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762450909
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 265,731
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Zdenko Basic is the illustrator of many books including Steampunk: Poe, Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Steampunk: H.G. Wells. He is the director of the critically acclaimed short film Guliver, and works as a costume and set designer for The Merlin Theatre. He was the recipient of the 2008 Grigor Vitez award for Best Illustration in Children’s Books and also the 2009 Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts award for best Young Artist. He lives in Croatia.

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