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Christmas Books–A Christmas Carol

December 14, 2010

There are many lovely versions of A Christmas Carol, but my older son prefers something a bit grim.

We discovered illustrator Brett Helquist’s version. He’s the artist for A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

From the back cover:

Mr. Brett Helquist, clearly scarred from his experiences illustrating my own dreadful books, has turned his astonishing talent to this story of bitter cold, ill-mannered stinginess, and phantasmagoria, a word which here means “descriptions of ghosts that made me hide under the table while reading this books in the past, leaves me shuddering in the present, and will unnerve me in the future, as all good books do.”

The story is an abridged version of Dicken’s tale, but has a nice literary quality and hits all the high notes. The pictures do a nice job of conveying the change in Scrooge’s demeanor as Christmas spirit warms his heart.

Pickle had picked it up at the library last year and we read it then. This year I was planning to skip it, thinking the story a bit too dark for Christmas time this young, but he found it on his own at the library and asked for it again.  Clearly, he was taken by it.

He particularly likes this picture of Old Marley with his chains and chests.


Of course, you can always read the original here as well or enjoy this clip from the classic 1938 movie of the morning after the ghosts’ visits.

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 14, 2010 3:56 pm

    we’re enjoying our Christmas books too!

    🙂

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