Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Illustrator: Robert Ingpen
Genre: Holiday Classic
Audience: All ages
Format: Hardcover
Length: 148 pages
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Release Date: December 17, 1843
Source: Library


‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.


I’m so glad I finally read this holiday classic. I was already very familiar with the story from having watched multiple screen and stage adaptations over the years, but I’d never actually read the book. This tale of Christmas, ghosts, and charity has always been a favorite Christmas story of mine, and this short book is worth the time if you enjoy the story.

I checked this out from the library, and unknowingly requested an illustrated edition by Robert Ingpen. I was initially surprised by the heft of the book, but I enjoyed seeing a new interpretation of the story as I read along.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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