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Ben's Christmas Carol
Toby Forward and Ruth Brown have collaborated on a wonderfully original story about the mice who live beneath the floorboards of a great London mansion, the home of Ebenezer Scrooge. It's Christmas Eve, but a miserly mouse named Ben feels no special cheer. For him, Christmas is just another day. After an unexpected visitor takes him on a ghostly tour of London, the awed ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Dutton Juvenile
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I really like the illustrations in this story, depicting mice and how they might have lived back in the early 19th Century. The story is about Ben, a greedy and miserable mouse who hates Christmas and anything to do with it. (Sound familiar?) Then one night - the night before Christmas - a mysterious little mouse comes for Ben and makes him a bet that he can't find one person that would prefer his rather prized possession - his candied plum - more than spending Christmas with anyone. Off they go ...more
This book is supposed to be a retelling of Charles Dickens's famous A Christmas Carol for young children, but, unless you've read the original and can use it to fill in the gaps in this story, Ben's carol doesn't read well. There are places where there isn't enough explanation offered, and places where the story jumps a bit. I liked how the illustrations alluded to the original while depicting Ben's story, but I think the author would have written a better book had he focused on writing a stand- ...more
This is a lovely children's book. A children's 'retelling' of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Told through the story of a mouse. The illustrations in this book is BEUTIFULLY done! And even she includes in small parts of each picture references to the original A Christmas Carol. Young readers-listeners wouldn't know the connection but it's wonderful for us adult readers brings back nice memories of the classic and a wonderful way to introduce this Christmas classic to your youngster in your ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
This book was great!! I really loved how Ben was placed with Ebeneezer Scrooge throughout the entire story. Although this is more heartwarming and the mice are just so cute!! I thought it was a nice twist to make a mouse into a Scrooge.... =)
This retelling had none of the dark humor of the original and the brevity of the text did not allow for building the emotional impact I'd expect. To me, it doesn't work as a kid's (lite) version of the story - only works if you have already read the original - and then it falls short, of course!
Loosely based on Dicken's Christmas Carol, it tells the story of Ben, a mouse who has a candied plum for Christmas. A white mouse visits him and Ben discovers what others think of him. It changes his mind about himself, other mice, and Christmas. A cute story. Beautiful artwork.
The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful and I love the fact that the Charles Dickens tale is being told in the world above the mice. My one complaint about the actual story is that it is choppy, I would have liked to see better transitions.