We’ve missed a few days of our advent calendar but never fear! Here is a particularly stunning surprise behind Door 12…
Search & Find A Christmas Carol
This delicious book, based on Charles Dickens’ novella of the same name (without the ‘Search & Find’, obviously!) took my breath away when I first laid eyes on it. Sumptuously illustrated in rich colours by Louise Pigott, this picture book retells the basic bones of the story for younger readers and includes a fun search and find element on each double-page spread. Besides finding the characters, you’ve also got to look out for more difficult items such as candles, wreaths, mince pies and bows!
I’ve yet to take it into my primary school to show the children and I must admit I am rather hesitant to do so. It’s just so beautiful that I want to keep it in its pristeen state! Instead, I took it in to two of my GCSE English Literature students, both of whom are studying the novella for their forthcoming exams, for a fun end-of-term lesson. It helped us revise the key points of the story while scratching our heads to locate, in one of the harder pictures, 16 heavy trunks. The apples were also tricky, as was a mouse in a graveyard.
I’d love to see more of this type of book for other classic tales. They’re an interesting and playful way of introducing older novels to modern readers and include more detail than some of the baby board books about, for example, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. These are pretty to look at but I am unsure of their function as the story is too complicated for the readership so why use them at all? You do come away from this book with a decent understanding not only of the plot but the character of Scrooge, helped by some interesting biographical detail at the start.
This would be a wonderful present for any avid reader – child, teenager or adult alike – who loves a bit of fun thrown in.
Thank you to Templar Publishing / Studio Press for my review copy.