Charles Dickens is one of the world's most revered novelists, and certainly the writer most associated with the Christmas season.
Helquist's vision of the classic story depicts a hawkish Scrooge (who's a cadaverous shade of green) against a backdrop of bustling Victorian streets, with pleasing touches of detail, humor and a few frightful strokes. When the clock strikes one, announcing the arrival of the first ghost, the moon hangs in an unholy green sky, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come stands in a tattered cloak, surrounded by eddying mists (but also draped with strings of Christmas lights). The eye-catching art makes a strong pairing to the accessible abridgment of Dickens's text. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Gr 5-8-Lynch's dark and brooding, ethereal illustrations are pitch-perfect in this beautifully imagined version of the tale. The artist moves from full spreads of breathtaking landscapes to framed views of quiet interior scenes with ease, echoing the pace of the tale as Scrooge is whisked from place to place across time and then pulled into quiet, intimate moments. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Entertainment Weekly" A low tech audio Christmas card: no sound
effects, no gimmicks, just one of the the great voices of the
contemporary classical stage creating as vivid a cast of characters
as Dickens imagines. The Royal Shakespeare Company
veteran...doesn't so much read the story as inhabit it with
"Newsweek" Reciting the litany of Scrooge's scrooginess, Stewart relishes the emotional gamut of meanness...Humbug seldom sounds so good.
"The Washington Post" Not only is Patrick Stewart wonderful, but this is surely one of the best performances of "A Christmas Carol" ever recorded...By sheer energy and dramatic skill, Stewart invests this story with not merely life, but freshness, excitement and wonder.