cover image Quentin Blake’s A Christmas Carol

Quentin Blake’s A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, illus. by Quentin Blake. Anova/Pavilion (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $16.99 (150p) ISBN 978-1-84365-165-9

Blake interprets Dickens’s Christmas classic with his characteristically droll ink-and-watercolor illustrations. The oversize format, large print, and combination of both spot art and full-page images create an accessible layout for those first becoming acquainted with the story. Blake’s loose style uses humor to temper the darker moments of Scrooge’s ghostly encounters: Jacob Marley resembles a disheveled version of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns more than a frightening apparition. Yet his cloaked Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come honors Dickens’s silent figure “shrouded in a deep black garment,” which leads Scrooge to his eventual redemption. Ages 7–9. (Oct.)