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The Resource Charles Dickens : scenes from an extraordinary life, Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

Charles Dickens : scenes from an extraordinary life, Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

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Charles Dickens : scenes from an extraordinary life
Title
Charles Dickens
Title remainder
scenes from an extraordinary life
Statement of responsibility
Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This picture book vividly dramatizes Dickens' life, beginning with his birth in Portsmouth and early childhood near the docks in Chatham, and follows the young Charles through the hardship of working in a blacking factory at the age of 10 to his years at school and his early career as a reporter. Key incidents that inspired the later novels are described, and his marriage, family life, dramatic readings and tours of the USA are included
Review
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Manning and Granström chronologically construct this picture-book-length portrait around direct quotes from Dickens's books and letters. A quote from David Copperfield , for example, that alludes to his birth, launches the first spread, "BABY DICKENS—1812." The text is casual, not intimidating, and switches smoothly from the writer's voice to that of a third-person biographer. The book takes a fresh approach that effectively incorporates graphic-novel-style illustrative elements such as speech balloons and panels. This title breaks Dickens's biography into manageable pieces for novice readers.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ --Jill Heritage Maza (Reviewed January 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 13, p141)
  • Starting at the very beginning (“I was born on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night”), Dickens narrates his own life story in this biography from the team behind What Mr. Darwin Saw. Loosely rendered pencil-and-watercolor scenes with speech-bubble interjections from characters take center stage, while small illustrated sidebars provide additional context as Dickens moves to London, gets his first taste of theater, suffers family tragedies, and embarks on his career as a writer. A bonus: tidy comic strip–style panels provide quick summaries of several Dickens novels, which may whet readers’ appetite to further explore his writing. Ages 6–9. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed November 7, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 45, p)
  • In celebration of the coming centennial of Dickens' birth arrives this graphic perusal of his life and work. Manning and Granström combine their talents again, as they did so capably in What Mr Darwin Saw (2009), to coax another tangible life out of the 19th century. Using a combination of multiple panels, boxes and wonderfully evocative background spreads, they roam through many of the experiences that shaped Dickens: pulled from school, his father thrown into debtors' prison, the pot-blacking work and then, yes!, success. The authors have used material from Dickens' letters, quotes and miscellaneous writings to shape the relatively ample narrative boxes, and the words flow like quicksilver: "I have often transcribed important public speeches on the palm of my hand, by the light of a dark lantern, in a post-chaise and four, galloping through wild country, through the dead of night!" This fits hand in glove with their colors, which are as deep as old dyes, and the general bustle of the urban scenes. Smaller, comic-book–like streams of panels give sensible, welcoming introductions to such works as Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Bleak House, A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield. A joyfully informal conveyance of the atmosphere and facts that swarmed around Dickens' life. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10054721
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Manning, Mick
Dewey number
823.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Granstrom, Brita
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True
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  • Dickens, Charles
  • Novelists, English
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
scenes from an extraordinary life
Label
Charles Dickens : scenes from an extraordinary life, Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
000048502219
Dimensions
25 x 29 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781847801876
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)713188110
Label
Charles Dickens : scenes from an extraordinary life, Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
000048502219
Dimensions
25 x 29 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781847801876
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)713188110

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