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This is an absolutely terrific book that just goes to show that Dickens isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers. This one is guaranteed to engage young readers – even those as young as 8 or 9 – and bring about a love of Dickens, his life, his work and the times in which he lived. And, as Simon Callow so succinctly put, ‘knowing the background and something of the character of the man who wrote them can only ensure that Doctor Who’s prediction remains true’.
And Simon Callow (aka Mr Dickens) waxes lyrical about it:
‘A highly entertaining journey through Dickens’ life and reproducing original documents, covers of the original books, plan of workhouses, many of which feature in advent calendar form with flaps to be opened. The book repeatedly brought a smile to my lips, which, after all, is one of the things Dickens most liked to do. It seems to me very encouraging that such books exist to engage the interest of young readers, who can be very daunted by the sight of a page of a Dickens novel; dense and apparently difficult locutions’.
Charles Dickens’ books are known and loved the world over. From Ebenezer Scrooge and Mr Micawber to Oliver Twist and Little Nell, Dickens’ characters spring from pages that are rich with detail of life in Victorian times. Discover Dickens’ extraordinary life, times and work in this lavish volume, the latest title in the award-winning notebooks series, published to mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth in February 2012.
Praise for The Life and Times of William Shakespeare (Templar Notebook series):
"Templar’s Notebook series is the perfect vehicle for exploring Elizabethan London, bringing Shakespeare’s world alive with novelties, letters, facsimiles. There is plenty of curriculum relevance for Key stages 2 and 3 too." The Children’s Bookseller
"This smart, gorgeous and lively scrapbook will wake many young minds (and older ones too) to the world behind Shakespeare’s plays. Like those plays, it’s packed with tasty details and images, intriguing hidden compartments, and a sense of the wonderful complexity of life." Professor Robert N. Watson, award-winning scholar of Rennaissance literature and a Distinguish Professor in the department of English at UCLA.
"An engaging glimpse into the life of a truly great author and dramatist, well designed to bring insight and pleasure to readers of all ages." David Bevington, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and one of the world's foremost Shakespearean scholars.
"This book is an aesthetic joy and a fascinating mixture of fact and fiction." - Armadillo Magazine
"The design is perfect for children with an explorer instinct." - thehamletweblog.blogspot.com