marsland1 5

marsland1

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: I know my reviews are not as exceptional as some of you lovely members but I was a little surprised by the premium fund payout this month, it seemed very poor.

Member since:03.05.2010

Reviews:614

Members who trust:17

Quote-start

Wonderful classic

Quote-end
23.12.2011

Advantages:
festive, illustrated brilliantly

Disadvantages:
not for young children

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Would you read it again?

Story

Characters

Readability

How does it compare to similar books?Very good

How does it compare to other works by the same author?Excellent

20 Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful See ratings
very helpful by (30%):
  1. Coloneljohn
  2. lorriellah
  3. IzzyS
and 3 other members
helpful by (70%):
  1. mrbing10
  2. Soho_Black
  3. bluejules
and 11 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

I adore Christmas time and have always been a fan of A Christmas Carol. When I saw there was a version with Quentin Blake's illustrations in I just could not resist it as I thought it would be a lovely way to introduce this story which is full of morals to my grandchildren.

This book tells the classic story about Scrooge who is miserable and doesn't enjoy Christmas time so doesn't understand why other people do. On the night before Christmas he is taken through his life by spirits who visit him; the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas future. This is quite a scary tale with huge twists and turns during which Scrooge gets to see his life through the eyes of others and learns a lot about himself.

Quentin Blake illustrates the story well and enables the reader to be able to see the story through his eyes. This makes it a really wonderful book as Quentin Blake's illustrations are fantastic. There are gloomy pictures which have a lot of atmosphere to them as well as brighter ones which sum up the mood.

When I sat down to read this with my grandchildren they enjoyed it and liked to look at the pictures.

Having said that this is not really a young children's book as it is quite long at 140 something pages and the story is rather dark so could be frightening. It is for older children and adults. If you are a Quentin Blake fan then it is definitely for you.

I quite like being able to read the story and see the illustrations too, it does certainly add another depth to it.

In my opinion this is a fantastic book. The story is deep and tells an important moral and the pictures make it a good way to introduce a younger audience to Dickens' work. A great festive read.

  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

 

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

Coloneljohn 04.01.2012 10:43

I do like the idea of this one. John

chrisandmark_is_here 24.12.2011 01:01

I'd have got Hollie this if I'd seen the review sooner, sounds fab! x

Starlight81 23.12.2011 22:14

I like the sound of this- I loved Quentin Blake's illustrations in the Roald Dahl books when I was little

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Compare prices »

1 to 2 out of 2 offers for Quentin Blake's a Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens   Sorted by: Price 

Product Information »

Manufacturer's product description

This is a beautiful edition of the timeless Christmas classic. "A Christmas Carol" is the book that defines the Chr...

Product details

EAN 9781843651215
Publisher Pavilion Children's Books
Type Fiction

Ciao

Listed on Ciao since 03/08/2009

Show all Product Information

Review Ratings »

This review of Quentin Blake's a Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens has been rated:

"very helpful" by (30%):

  1. Coloneljohn
  2. lorriellah
  3. IzzyS

and 3 other members

"helpful" by (70%):

  1. mrbing10
  2. Soho_Black
  3. bluejules

and 11 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Quick, Let's Get Out of Here - Michael Rosen

Quick, Let's Get Out of Here - Michael Rosen

Fiction - Children's - ISBN: 0233975594 - ISBN13: 9780233975597

User reviews (1)

Buy now for only £ 64.26

Quacky quack - quack! - Ian Whybrow

Quacky quack - quack! - Ian Whybrow

Fiction - Children's - ISBN: 0763605107 - ISBN13: 9780763605100

User reviews (2)

Buy now for only £ 2.54

Quack! Who is in the Country? - Steve Cox, Richard Powell

Quack! Who is in the Country? - Steve Cox, Richard Powell

Fiction - Children's - ISBN: 1855761653 - ISBN13: 9781855761650

User reviews (1)

Buy now for only £ 28.26



Are you the manufacturer / provider of Quentin Blake's a Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens? Click here