A World Full of Dickens Stories by Angela McAllister ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Children’s Fiction, Classics
Published: 5 May 2020 by The Quarto Group
Page count: 128
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Cover: Great
Pacing: Appropriate
Ending: N/A
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy A World Full of Dickens Stories

My rating: ★★★☆

Synopsis from Goodreads
Uncover the stories from one of the greatest-novelists of all time in this beautiful anthology of tales from Charles Dickens, rewritten and adapted in an accessible way for children.

This book introduces children to eight of Dickens’ greatest works, accompanied by beautiful, colourful illustrations which breathes new life into these timeless classics. Includes favourites such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations. A timeline at the back shows when each story was written, and gives facts about Dickens’ life.

Revisit your favourite Dickens stories and introduce his legacy to next generation of readers with this beautiful first introduction to some of the greatest stories all time.

Includes Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby and A Tale of Two Cities.

My Thoughts
This is a bit of an unusual review because I am going to review the collection as a whole instead of reviewing the content as I would for other books I review. Here are my pros and cons for A World Full of Dickens Stories:

Pros

  1. I appreciated how these stories were adapted for children. I think they are accessible, understandable, and a great introduction to some of the greatest literature on this planet (at least in my opinion).
  2. The illustrations (by Jannicke Hansen) were great and helped to set a tone for the stories. I liked that each story began with a “Cast of Characters” page that introduced each character, their illustrated image, and what part they played in the story. I think visual depictions like this are helpful for children.
  3. A brief biography of Charles Dickens and a timeline of his life and the publishing dates of his novels are included at the end of the book.
  4. The book also includes a glossary to help young readers understand unfamiliar words.

Cons

  1. As an enormous fan of Dickens and his works, condensing his stories down to 15 pages or so kind of feels like a sacrilege! You will get the bones but absolutely none of the meat! However, if these adaptions are read by children and they in any way encourage them to read the full novels when they get older, then I say read away!

Summary
Dickens’ novels are some of the greatest pieces of literature one can read! My #1 most favorite book in the world is David Copperfield. Anytime someone asks for a classic novel recommendation I always tell them to read David Copperfield. The David Copperfield adaption in this book definitely gives you the framework and the gist of the original story, and I think the adaptation is done well; however, you can’t really experience David Copperfield unless you read the entire novel. The same goes for all of Dickens’ novels.

That said, I think any introduction to Dickens’ stories is a must – whether you read them in a adapted form like in this book or watch a movie based on his novels. Everyone must have some Dickens in their lives!

Thank you NetGalley and The Quarto Group for a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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4 thoughts on “A World Full of Dickens Stories by Angela McAllister ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. This is a really interesting idea, and a great selection of stories though I’m not sure how you could condense a Tale of Two Cities into so few pages. Will keep an eye out for this though. 😊

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  2. That’s exactly why I requested the ARC – to see how they were condensed and adapted. The author did a good job considering it is targeted at kids. But you simply can’t get the full impact of these stories in so few pages. But it is a nice introduction to Dickens at least. It would be a cute gift book for a Dickens fan, also.

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  3. As a child, I used to have a Puffin Classics edition of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. I was upset when I discovered they had been abridged for children! Like I had been cheated somehow.

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