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"God bless us, every one"

  • Sep 26, 2012
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I have enjoyed all of the Deluxe Papercutz Classics in this series, and this new one is also in the same league with its predecessors. The artwork is excellent, and the story easy to read.

The reason I gave the book 4 stars rather than the usual 5 I have given to the other books in this series is that I was rather disappointed that the story line for the Scrooge tale made some, to my mind at least, unnecessary changes. For example, Scrooge doesn't se Marley's face on his door knocker, and when Marley appears he's not dragging heavy chains connected to ledger books. Additionally, there are no three spirits of Christmas, but rather Marley escorts Scrooge to the past, the present, and the future.

Dickens wrote some great lines in this tale, and the adaptation leaves out almost all of them, especially the sentence that, I believe, encapsulates the entire story, the one Tiny Tim utters, and that I used as the title for this review. A young reader coming upon this book for the first time will be missing out on some wonderful scenes and dialogue. It reminds me of the controversy that swirled around the original Classics Illustrated, when educators complained that these "comic books" were being used by students as sources to write book reports. In response to the outcry, the publishers changed endings in several of their issues ("Les Miserables" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" come to mind) so that if reports were exclusively based on these books, it would be obvious from where the students obtained their information.

As to the second tale, I don't know anything about it, so I enjoyed reading it. This was, perhaps, the shortest book in the series, and I congratulate the publishers in reducing the price. Not many companies would do that.

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Review: 'Classics Illustrated Dlx. #9: A Christmas Carol & A Remembrance of Mugby' GN ICv2 Stars: 5 (out of 5)
Published: 09/25/2012 03:41am
Classics Illustrated Deluxe #9: A Christmas Carol & A Remembrance of Mugby GN
Publisher: Papercutz
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Price: $11.99 (TP); $15.99 (HC)
Creators: Rodolphe, Estelle Meynard
Format: 96 pgs., Full-Color, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-5970-7345-5 (TP), 978-1-5970-7346-2 (HC)
Age Rating: 8 and up
ICv2 Ratings: 5 Stars out of 5
 
This edition of Classics Illustrated Deluxe contains not one but two adaptations of Christmas stories by Charles Dickens.  The much adapted A Christmas Carol and the sadly much lesser known "A Remembrance of Mugby," from the set of short stories known as Mugby Junction.
 
I should admit upfront A Christmas Carol is my favorite book so I tend to be pretty particular about the way it's adapted.  That having been said, Rodolphe and Estelle Meynard (whose impressionistic art reminds me of Raymond Briggs' Where The Wind Blows) have done an outstanding job.  Meynard even manages to come up with a visual interpretation of Scrooge that I've never seen before.  But I do of course have a couple of minor quibbles.
 
Like I see no advantage, other than to make the story shorter, for dismissing all of the other ghosts and making Marley's Scrooge's only guide through the past, present and future.  And I do wish ...
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