A Christmas Carol : The Graphic Novel Original Text, Paperback

A Christmas Carol : The Graphic Novel Original Text Paperback

Edited by Sean Michael Wilson

Illustrated by Mike Collins, David Roach, James Offredi

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is the classic novel brought to life in full colour! 'I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future'.

Classical Comics' first Dickens title is probably his best-loved story.

Scrooge gets a rude awakening to how his life is, and how it should be.

Full of Christmas Spirit(s), this is a book that you'll want to read all year round!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 717
  • Publisher: Classical Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781906332174



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[A Christmas Carol] is a favourite of mine, and I was interested to see how a graphic artist would approach it. This is the 'original text' version from Classical Comics, and it includes all of the original dialogue and such parts of the narrative as are essential to the plot. The result is that the story is reduced to action, and some of the subtlety is lost. From my point of view, this is a shame, as Dickens is arguably at his best when describing or commenting on his characters and their surroundings. But these books are intended to introduce classic works to new, mostly young, readers, and the more direct storytelling could maintain an interest that might otherwise wander.The artwork is dramatic, drawing on Dickens' hidden descriptions, and cleverly marking the change of Scrooge's character from darkness to light, but it does not appeal to me. I'm not the target audience, but I wonder if such a lack of beauty really appeals to anyone? There are notes for schools at the back of the book about Dickens, a Victorian Christmas and (most interestingly) the creation of the graphic novel.I would recommend it as an introduction to Dickens, but I'll be sticking to my Arthur Rackham illustrated version myself.