A Christmas Carol (Hardcover)

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By Charles Dickens, P.J. Lynch (Illustrator)
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Throughout his life Charles Dickens was involved in helping those less fortunate, in having a social conscience.  He proved works of fiction can cause positive change in society with Oliver Twist.  Dickens was concerned about children.  When he was a child, Dickens was sent to work at a blacking factory due to his parent’s penury.  As an adult he was sensitive to the plight of children with limited prospects.  He believed education could pave the way to a better future for the children of poverty and was involved in providing free schools. 

In the story Ebenezer Scrooge is a tight fisted man holding little sympathy for those around him.  On Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts; the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future.  What these ghosts have to show him changes his life profoundly. 

This is an entertaining, heartwarming story that has been continuously in print for over 150 years, it has stood the test of time.  

— Deon Stonehouse


The celebrated P.J. Lynch captures the spirit of Dickens's beloved tale in a richly illustrated unabridged edition.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge's own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge's painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge's heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see? An unabridged edition gloriously illustrated by the award-winning P.J. Lynch, this story's message of love and goodwill, mercy and self-redemption resonates as keenly as ever.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. His work, which includes such enduring classics as David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations, has enthralled readers for generations. A Christmas Carol was an immediate success when first published on December 17, 1843, and has remained continuously in print ever since.

P.J. Lynch is one of the most talented and revered illustrators working today. He has won many awards, including the Mother Goose Award, the Irish Bisto Award twice, and the Kate Greenaway Medal twice — in 1995 for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and again in 1998 for When Jessie Came Across the Sea. P.J. Lynch lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763631208
ISBN-10: 0763631205
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: September 12th, 2006
Pages: 160
Language: English