Michael Clay Thompson’s Dickens Trilogy consists of three “Christmas Books” that Dickens wrote with a strong moral message about the contrasting worlds of the rich and poor in Victorian England; The Christmas Carol, The Chimes: A Goblin Story, and The Cricket on the Hearth. The illustrated-language highlights in each of the books of the trilogies have the intention of helping children become more aware readers.
A Christmas Carol is the first book in the Dickens Trilogy. First published in 1843, the story is of a bitter old miser and his visits from the the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
A well-loved holiday story, Dickens's slim tale has been opened up on the oversize pages of this new version, similar in format to Zwerger's treatment of The Gift of the Magi. Expanses of white space around and between lines of text give the volume a clean-looking design, which sets off the artist's charm-filled, airy watercolors. And that design is of key importance to the unabridged text, for the book appears accessible to readers just out of the picture book age. This is a fine collector's edition as well; Zwerger has chosen not to represent the three spirits of Christmas, but merely hints at their presence in her pictures. That grounds the story of Scrooge's night firmly in the realm of the almost-real and the possible, and renders his transformation a fully believable phenomenon. Ages 10-up.