Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

" Perhaps not the most captivating book, but a nice book about Charles Dickens. I think my favorite aspect of this one were the book summaries for each novel! " said.

" Fabulous lay out and engaging historical facts. A must for all children's libraries. " said.

" Happy 200th birthday Charles Dickens! This scrapbook is a fun but briefest of overviews of Dickens' life and work. " said.

" A fun and informative biography. Will appeal to readers who like those dragon and pirate books with the information inserts. " said.

" A great book for introducing younger readers to the life and times of Charles Dickens. It is beautifully laid out with plenty of info., great pictures, and appealing little flaps containing summaries of some of his best-known works and more. " said.

" I love the interactive format of these Templar books but I question whether children between the ages of 8 and twelve would be compelled to desire to read this book. The selection of historical figures for this series seems ill chosen. I admire the works of Dickens but I did not particularly love this book. At best, it was OK. " said.

"This book was fun and informative. While I cringe at the scrapbook-like nonfiction kids books in the library (oh the pieces!), they are rather nifty--tons of information on each 2-page spread. And I enjoyed the little things about Dickens' books and friends and illustrators and much more. It was a great way to honor the 200th birthday of Dickens (a month late) without reading a full-scale bio. I thought it interesting that much of the book related conditions of England/London, but it makes sense seeing as Dickens addressed so many of the conditions in society then. I learned quite a bit about an author whose books I've enjoyed. A shame I've never read more about him. Perhaps I'll consider a heavier bio later on, but for now this was awesome." said.

"When my children were in school it was a real struggle to read biographies because they simply were not appealing. Required reading, definitely! Now children's book publishers have really begun to produce books appealing to various age children and draw them into the world of biographic reading. What a treasure!

With the "Historic Notebooks" concept comes innovative story telling that spaces the life of Charles Dickens about with bits and pieces of his life and his works. Using a lift-the-flap method there are interesting nuggets of information scattered throughout. The illustrations keep the reader engaged and enthralled. Reading biographies just got to be fun!

Charles Dickens' stories captured the society of his day and how downtrodden the people were. He captured the vast difference between the haves and the have-nots. The have-nots suffering just to live out each day. He wrote of this world and did it well because he, too, experienced it to some degree. Charles Dickens did receive an education which was not the opportunity of many of Victorian England. This is brought out in Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller.

I found the presentation and the facts very interesting and they could easily incite more interest on the part of the young reader to further investigation and research. Not only is this an educationally engaging book, but it is also fun. There is even an envelope which can be opened and a note removed. The reader will learn that many of Dickens' characters are developed or modeled after his own family members.

Children will enjoy picking this book up and reading and re-reading it for years. As they grow older, the facts tucked away will gain new and richer meaning to them. So this is a really good book to add to the home library. A must for school libraries.

I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and I received no compensation.
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