Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom


In Oliver Twist, there is a wonderful observation… “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” That is just so true, but we definitely wouldn’t say that about the stories written by Charles Dickens! When he died nearly 150 years ago, he left a legacy of wonderful literature that has endured till today.


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This unique book about Charles Dickens introduces children (and adults) to his life and writings. It is divided into cartoon strips and prose, and the illustrations suit the era and subjects well. The book starts off by covering Dicken’s childhood and entry into adulthood when he starts writing. Then it chronologically goes through some of his more well known works, outlining the basic plot, characters, inspiration and influence the work had on society or his life at the time. It ends with his death; he was only 57. This book inspired my 14 year old to read Nicholas Nickleby, I am hoping that it would inspire your children to read Dickens as well.


I recommend this publication for children aged 8-16. This edition is softcover, 48 pages long and full colour. It was published in 2014 in Great Britain. ISBN: 9781847805003


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