What’s So Special About Dickens? – Michael Rosen, illustrated by Sarah Nayler

   What’s So Special About Dickens? – Michael Rosen, illustrated by Sarah Nayler, Candlewick Press (9780763699925), 2005, 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  This is an informative introduction to Charles Dickens’, his life, his works and his times.  Readers are given biographical information on the author, a look at the world he lived in, and an in-depth look at four of his novels: A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Great Expectations.  Readers get an idea of how Dickens changed the publishing world with his serial chapters; how he popularized the Christmas we celebrate today; how his books and characters reflected the London of his day.  The book includes an index, selected bibliography and a “Time Line” that looks year by year at Dickens’ life, works, and world events. The pen and ink illustrations add some humor to the text. This is a good choice for school reports.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good choice for school reports on Dickens and his times.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Non-fiction (823)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/12/18        


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