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Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  25 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ own words, Mick and Brita Granstrom bring this extraordinary genius to life, revealing Dickens' childhood working in a London boot polish factory and living near the docks in Chatham,and charting his meteoric rise to fame as a young novelist. Follow him as he climbs a volcano, goes on tour to the U.S., presides at a family Christmas, and gives ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This picture book tells the life of Dickens from three levels - one from actual words of Dickens, from cartoon type facts about the London of Dickens' life, and through speech bubbles. I really liked this one. It makes multiple readings very enjoyable.
Danika
Jan 10, 2015 Danika rated it it was ok
This biography conveniently smooths over the less family-friendly aspects of Dickens' life by filling in with sanitized summaries of his novels. But the illustrations are interesting!
Michael Fitzgerald
The pictures aren't very special and the speech bubbles are just stupid. There are definitely better picture book biographies of Dickens out there.
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May 10, 2012 Annie Oosterwyk rated it really liked it
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Upper elementary biography based on Dickens' own journal entries. Lively illustrations and comic style inserts keep attention roving the page.
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Aug 22, 2012 Amy! marked it as picture-books
My review here
Lynn
Oct 09, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
gr. 4+ I especially liked the "cartoon" summaries of some of Dickens' novels and the tie in with the events that influenced his stories.
Barbara Lovejoy
Jun 09, 2012 Barbara Lovejoy rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book! Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors so I enjoyed learning more about his life and his works.
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Feb 23, 2012 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
Dickens’ best summarized in strip cartoons. Great introduction of young readers.
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Manning went to school in Keighley and then studied at at Bradford College. He studied illustration and graphic design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria) 1979 - 82 and then illustration and animation at the Royal College of Art London 1984-87 . Later he devised and ran the BA honours Illustration option at the Glasgow School of Art while maintaining a freelance career. In ...more
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