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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
A Christmas Carol by Norman Whaler is a different approach to the classic tale by Charles Dickens, and is cleverly illustrated by Bianca Milacic. Told in rhyme, the story unfolds on every page and the colourful illustrations give this well-known tale a touch of magic. The classic tale sees Scrooge meet the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future, and results in Scrooge re-evaluating his life and the way he has lived it, and his attitude to others. Although the original story is familiar to everyone, this version is fresh and gives it sparkle whilst having that message of love and consideration for one another.
The author has done a great job of putting this story into rhymes which are succinct and don’t leave any of the main story out, yet are captivating and enjoyable at the same time. The illustrations by Bianca Milacic are colourful and appropriate, and this would be a perfect book for parents to read to a child, or even for an adult to enjoy as the illustrations are pitched at any age. There is an unexpected and welcome addition at the end with traditional Christmas carols with music and lyrics. This really makes the book ideal to give as a seasonal gift to anyone. The cover, too, is stunning and attracts the reader to pick up the book and delve into its pages. I am sure that Charles Dickens himself would love this version, and it’s sure to appeal to everyone.