Dickens: His Work and His World

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Candlewick Press, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 95 pages
What the Dickens is all the fuss? Take a lively look at an author whose indelible characters live on in our language and culture — and whose legacy shapes our literature to this day.


Join award-winning author, critic, and anthologist Michael Rosen for a spirited tour of the life and work of one of our greatest novelists. With stunning illustrations by Robert Ingpen, this accessible, child-friendly book vividly re-creates the world of Charles Dickens, from the author's childhood in London to his early career, his performances, and, of course, the great social and political upheavals of the time, which inspired so much of his work. Michael Rosen's vibrant discussion covers some of the best-known novels by Dickens, describing OLIVER TWIST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and DAVID COPPERFIELD, and providing a fascinating detailed analysis of GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

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User Review  - wunderlong88 - www.librarything.com

Picture book biography for older children. Dickens life is as almost as interesting as the books he wrote. This also includes some brief summaries of many of his works. Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Well-done. Interesting, even for me, and I'm not a fan of Dickens' work, nor do I want to learn more about his world. Definitely a good primer to assist a reader reluctant to tackle Dickens' stories ... Read full review

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Michael Rosen is an award-winning author and anthologist of books for young readers, including SHAKESPEARE: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD, illustrated by Robert Ingpen. In 1997 he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for service to children's literature. Michael Rosen lives in London.

Robert Ingpen has published more than one hundred acclaimed books, including SHAKESPEARE: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD by Michael Rosen. In 1986 he was awarded the highest international accolade for his body of work in illustration, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Robert Ingpen lives in Victoria, Australia.

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