Christmas Carol The Graphic Novel: Original Text available in Paperback
One Christmas Eve, after being particularly cruel to his employee, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him that he will be visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future. Each ghost shows him things that rekindle the joy and spirit of Christmas within his heart and awaken his goodwill toward his fellow man. In typical fashion, Dickens deals with social injustice in a way that transcends the 19th century. This illustrated version of the classic holiday tale is brough to life with an illustrated Character List (like a Dramatis Personae), 134 pages of color story artwork, and fascinating support material that details the life and work of Charles Dickens as well as information on Victorian England.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||9 Years|
About the Author
Sean Michael Wilson is a comic book writer from Scotland, now living in Japan. Other books adapted for the Classical Comics range include: The Canterville Ghost, Sweeney Todd and Wuthering Heights.
Mike Collins is a British comic book artist who has worked on numerous titles, including 2000AD and Doctor Who.
James Offredi is based in the UK and has previously coloured comic art for Doctor Who and Transformers.
Clive Bryant is the founder of Classical Comics, and the Editor-in-Chief of the entire range.
Date of Birth:February 7, 1812
Date of Death:June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anytime a new company takes on the difficult task of re-imagining our beloved classics in a graphic novel mode, is time to hold our breath and hope they can pull it off. Classical Comics has answered the call. Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been handsomely given a new reading using the original text and illustrated compellingly over 140 pages of story followed by short essays on the life of Dickens and 19th century England. This isn't the first time A Christmas Carol has been turned into a comic book. The original Classics Illustrated version was published in 1948, a book I used to own and love, but certainly, unlike the current version, with a greatly truncated text. In 1990 a new series of Classics Illustrated books was published using the talents of some of the world's top artists. That effort didn't last more than a year, but it created some incredible versions (and visions) of the classics. My one quibble with this new edition of A Christmas Carol is that the art, while certainly competent and at times quite striking, nevertheless could have been so much more if rendered by a more visionary graphic artist.Nevertheless, the book provided a satisfying evening's read. It probably didn't hurt that it was snowing outside my window, and I was in need of some Christmas cheer!
I have to admit, this copy is very well done, with very fine additions, and high quality paper and layout. Still, I did not really like the book as much as I'd hoped. I like the original, complete text of anything. When I heard of this edition of the book I was pleased. I was surprised to find that while it was the original text, it was abridged. I figured original text meant the whole thing. Dickens is a master and it is a fine work, in it complete text. My nine year old son picked it up and liked the pictures. He knew the story. He did not really read the written portions, although he readily reads stories which are completely written. The additions, historical background and bios were very worthwhile and were such good additions to the book. Still, it is not for me or my family. I wish I could say better.
I received this book for Early Review, and it arrived just in time for me to teach "A Christmas Carol" to my seventh grade reading class. What a great resource! I loved the graphic adaptation for some of my struggling readers, and the supplemental materials - timelines, author's biography, historical background, etc. - were excellent additions to the curriculum. I definitely recommend this for fans of graphic novels OR lovers of literature; I recommend it to teachers, and think a copy ought to be in every school library.
A Christmas Carol being reworked as a graphic novel may at first seem to be treading on sacred ground. The result from Classical Comics does justice to its source. With the ghost imagery set in a comic format, the story takes on an edgier tone and will appeal to many comic fans.Several wonderful special features are included such as the Dickens family tree.
I chose this book because I’ve seen the movie.A Christmas Carol.I didn't have any feelings whatsoever. All that happened in the story was that scrooge was mean so he met three ghost and so he learned how to not be stupid and so now he isn’t stupid so, yeah thats what i say.The setting is good and i like the book and i like the movie so and the author is (Charles Dickens) I said i didn't have any feelings whatsoever about the book. I feel that this bok is about 7-8 of age for this book cause it is a fun book.