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Roberto Innocenti brings to this original, unabridged text, his own artistic interpretation through watercolour illustration. The artist's previous projects have been named the American Library Association Notable Children's Book, and given the Bratislava Golden Apple Award.
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Stewart, Tabori, & Chang (first published December 19th 1843)
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    Dan Hennessy I find anything of human form without a face disturbing... there are no eyes to read, no windows of the soul to look into. Very scary, indeed. Not to…moreI find anything of human form without a face disturbing... there are no eyes to read, no windows of the soul to look into. Very scary, indeed. Not to mention Ignorance and Want, the two harrowing figures under his robe. All the more scary due to its foothold in reality... (less)
    Brandon Although it has been said many times I believe that this is a book that needs to be read to be truly appreciated. We all know the story but the book…moreAlthough it has been said many times I believe that this is a book that needs to be read to be truly appreciated. We all know the story but the book adds so much more. There are scenes in here that are often cut out of the many rehashes of this story. The children clinging to Christmas Present for compassion, the ghost visiting miners and lonely sea captains at sea and even the scenes involving the nephew are all sacrificed for various reasons and they add so much to the book. Reading the book made me realize that the book is more than a story about one mans' reclamation and more a fable for all of us to learn from. (less)
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    Bookdragon Sean
    I read this every year at Christmas, and I always will do. Simply because of the atmosphere it evokes. This story is Christmas as far as I’m concerned. It wouldn’t be the same without it. It is perfectly festive and is also appropriately didactic. It is an allegory for what happens to those that are unnecessarily bitter and twisted, refusing to take part in a joyful occasion. It is a glimpse at what could happen to someone who rejects their family upon trivial grounds, and let’s themselves be se ...more
    Bill  Kerwin
    May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    It has been a decade since I last read this classic, so I decided to look at it again, taking note of what I have forgotten or imperfectly remembered and also garnering any new insights my older (and I hope wiser) self could now find within it.

    But first, I decided to do a little research, and discovered the great irony underlying the book’s creation: how this tale that warns against miserliness was born because of Dickens' acute need for money, and how its publication resulted in a dispute about

    I wish a most UN-SCROOGY Christmas to all my GR Friends.

    With lots of:


    Christmas Love

    Generous and very Christmasy Gifts

    Copious and Delicious Food

    Not too much drinking

    Christmas Games

    Another watch of The Nutcracker

    And of course...Fascinating and Beautiful Books

    And to remember what Scrooge learnt:

    I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!
    Lola  Reviewer
    *3.5 stars*

    I shall start by introducing you to Ebenezer Scrooge. According to the narrator, the cold-hearted, unholy and inconsiderate man we have as main character.
    While he is described as such:

    External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and s
    Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everyone
    Shelves: read-aloud
    It's a family tradition to read A Christmas Carol (original, unabridged) aloud each Christmas season and then to watch at least one film version on Christmas Eve (this year it was the Muppets' Christmas Carol - very authentic - with Michael Caine).

    Over the years, we have discussed the 19th century slang and customs enough so that the reading is becoming smoother and smoother without much need for editorial asides. This year we focused on favorite phrases "Marley was dead, to begin with." "the m
    When I think of Christmas and all those things that make Christmas so special, A Christmas Carol immediately comes to mind right along with family, friends, beautiful Christmas trees, Mom’s anise cut-out cookies, brilliant holiday light displays, gently falling snow, festive instrumental and choral concerts, midnight mass, and angel trees. A Christmas Carol truly is a timeless classic and a beloved tradition, whether you see the movie or read the book. The blessing of this treasure is that you d ...more
    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    I love A Christmas Carol


    I can't believe I have just NOW read this book. I have been watching the MANY movies of A Christmas Carol since I was a little kid. My favorite being the one with Albert Finney, that seemed to be the one I watched the most. I have it on dvd (maybe blu ray, I would have to look) and I have the VHS tape for a long time. Remember those? I also have The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. You know I think after reading this book I'm going to have to
    The Christmas reading par excellence!


    I can't tell how many times I have watched some adaptation or another of this classic story...

    ...Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, the Real Ghostbusters, live action films, animated TV specials, etc...

    ...since this is one of the most adapted stories of all time.

    A truly Christmas classic.

    And this one of the few books that I think one hardly can deny that it's the novel that defines a genre, in this case:

    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    *Read for class

    1. This is the first book I've finished in September I am so damn excited.
    2. I have endless love for this story because my mom is obsessed with Christmas movies so I've seen at least a million adaptations of it. Happy to say the book was even better! Short and sweet, yet still Dickensian!
    Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics, holiday
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the current runaway leader for a reread in the group Catching up on Classics for December. As I gear up for what looks to be some intense reading during the last two months of the year, I decided to pre read this short classic this week. Being that I do not observe the Christmas holiday and can sometimes feel overwhelmed by its presence during the last six weeks of the year, I felt that it was better for me to read Dickens' classic early so I could keep an ...more
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