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Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life

Written by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Illustrated by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

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The eventful ups and downs of  the life of Charles Dickens, the best-selling author of his day, are told in words and pictures in this excellent introduction to the man and his works. Many of the scenes that Dickens includes in his books were taken from his own childhood during which he experienced much poverty and hardship, including working in a factory when he was 12. He later became a journalist before his enormous success as a novelist. The lively illustrations capture Dickens’s eventful life, including his successful tours of America where he was treated as a superstar. 

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Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life Synopsis

Inspired by Charles Dickens' own words, Mick and Brita bring this extraordinary genius to life, revealing Dickens' childhood working in a London boot polish factory and charting his meteoric rise to fame as a young novelist. Follow him as he climbs a volcano, goes on tour to the US, presides at a family Christmas and gives a thrilling public reading. And discover the stories of ten of Dickens' most famous novels, dramatised for younger readers with captions and graphic-novel comic-strips.

Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life Press Reviews

Excellent combination of historical facts, illustrations and cartoon strips really bring the great man's story to life. The key novels are fitted in chronologically so you get a sense of how they arose from the events of his life. Good for grown ups too. Angels & Urchins Shows the power of the visual to awaken the imagination. Books for Keeps

I couldn't resist this picture book by Brita Granstrom and Mick Manning. I have learned more from their brief, non-fiction book than I would from most longer and perhaps worthier works ... contains the bare bones of facts while depicting the life of Dickens in great detailed drawings, sometimes cartoon style. A picture really can replace a lot of words. Book Witch

The book provides a lively and comprehensive overview of the life of the great man ... and would be a useful addition to a school library. English 4-11 'This book is fun, informative and inspiring.  The Guardian Kids Online

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ISBN: 9781847805003
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781847801876
Publication date: 27/10/2011
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847805003
Publication date: 7th August 2014
Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
Illustrator: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers

About Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom have been writing and illustrating children's books together for over fifteen years. Specialising in fun, lively non-fiction picture books, they have perfected their unique approach, sharing the illustrations between them and mixing up words and pictures in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways. They have won numerous awards and their books are published internationally in over 15 languages.Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996 and their following collaboration, What's Under the Bed? won the TES Award for 1997.Further success followed with the acclaimed Fly on the ...

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