Charles Dickens

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Pub Date 5 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 19 Nov 2021

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In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Charles Dickens, the influential author.

When Charles was a boy he made up his own adventures. But after a Dickensian twist of fate saw his father go to prison for debt, Charles ended up working in a factory with other children. He worked his way out, trying his hand in a law firm, and then as an actor, before making a name for himself as a reporter and gifted storyteller. Charles became one of the most beloved novelists of all time, aware of the power of a tale and of giving poor children a voice. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the writer's life.

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This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

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In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Charles Dickens, the influential author.

When Charles was a boy he...

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Another great book in the little people big dreams series!

Even though this book is aimed at younger readers, I learnt a lot about Dickens from reading.
There was a lot in this book that I had no idea about. Super interesting!
The illustrations were beautiful as always.

Just can't get enough of this series!

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This installment of the little people BIG DREAMS series is all about famous author Charles Dickens. I was not in the mood for picture books for a long time, so I didn't read more of this series, and I think this was the perfect one to get back into it.

I learned things I didn't know, about how he was born to rich parents who then fell down on hard luck, and thus made him see both sides of the coin. I would have liked to hear about how he actively worked in politics instead of just writing about people in poor circumstances, or that he was an avid spiritist, but I see that you can tell only so much on 32 pages. And this series always felt like a starting point, to get children hooked on the story so they might chose to pick up more books later on.

This goal will probably be achieved by this book.

In comparison to some other installments, the colour palette of this one felt muted and very appropiate to a time when the mist would get so thick we're still talking about it today.
I liked it and if I had a toddler in my life, they would be gifted this one.

The arc was provided by the publisher.

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Although he was forced out of school at an early age to work in a factory, Charles Dickens still managed to become one of the most well-known authors who ever lived. This is his story.

These biographies are age appropriate; inspiring and interesting, but not overwhelming. They have bright, beautiful illustrations, striking covers, and look great on a shelf together. I love the diversity of the people featured in this series. Artists, athletes, authors, activists, actors, explorers, entertainers, musicians and scientists.

Thank you NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I received an advance copy of, Charles Dickens by, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Charles Dickens was the second of eight children. He was allowed to go to school for awhile, until his dad went to jail. Charles loved to write and to make people laugh. He is best known for writing Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. This is a great book for kids to learn about a famous author.

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A fab overview of Charles' life and the long-lasting effect of his life and works. I even learned a few things myself!

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Thank you so much to Quarto/ Frances Lincoln and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review

I love this series of books, always so many interesting people given stories. This one was about author Charles Dickens and it didn’t disappoint sharing his story of his hardships in his life, how he had to do horrid jobs before he could go for his dreams and how he became a success so quickly with his wonderful stories.

I always love the illustrations in these books they are so adorable and add to what you’re reading letting you see their lives as well as read about them.

Again these books are perfect for younger children, they are so fun, so educational, offer a lot of inspirational value and ultimately they are just a great series of books.

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Always a a pleasure reading this series of books. Whilst the Charles Dickens book might not be as bright and colourful as some of the other books in the series, his story is nicely presented in a clear and understandable way. As a parent reading to my children I always find I am learning something new from these books which is a real delight. The story of Charles Dickens, his background, upbringing and how he became a great writer is really interesting . It’s a great addition to the series and I really enjoyed reading this with my daughters.

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We thoroughly enjoy this series and have no doubt that this particular addition will be one of our long term favourites.

Dickens’s story is very well condensed here, proving lots of titbits that beg further discussion and investigation when read to inquisitive children. There are opportunities to find out more about each of the stories mentioned as well as the text prompting discussion about different eras and developments in fashion, pastimes, technology and working conditions.

The language used throughout is well managed to simplify but also educate and intrigue. My little girl had lots of questions to ask and added some great words to her vocabulary in doing so.

Absolutely brilliant! Thank you for allowing me to review.

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A great introduction to the life and works of one of best Authors, Charles Dickens, for children, but maybe for adults too. Enjoyable.

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I absolutely adore the Little People, Big Dreams series and this book, focusing on Charles Dickens, did not disappoint. Filled with glorious illustrations, these texts are a fabulous springboard for classroom discussion. I love how they cover such a broad range of famous faces, from scientists to musicians.

One of my favourite things about this book was the illustrations - the muted colours really suit the time period and are a fantastic way of bringing the story of Charles Dickens to life. They make the story accessible to all. The story is an inspiring and informative read.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC - I enjoyed learning more about this iconic figure and look forward to adding this book to my classroom bookshelf. I will also be sharing it as part of my Person of the Week work in Year 5.

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Charles Dickens is probably my favourite Litte People Big Dreams book. It's full of inspiration and grit and determination
I love that the books give the reader an insight into the subject as a young child, their passion behind their motivation.

The book is well thought out, has beautiful illustrations and would be great for use in the classroom.

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This is another brilliant addition to this series – even as an adult I look out for the next book in the series being released and I have to say I was delighted when I saw who this new release featured - one of my favourite authors!

I love the images in this series and this is a delightful introduction to Charles Dickens the very talented, much loved and influential Victorian author who used his childhood experiences to write some of the most highly regarding classic novels of all time such as Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol

This series is an excellent introduction to some of the well-known, and less well-known people that have had a great impact in our lives through a variety of areas and I loved that this one showed the realities of what could happen in the Victorian period with Charles being made to work in a factory at a very young age to support his family after his father was sent to a debtors prison.

I love the variety of people chosen and the mix of backgrounds that they have too and that there is an equal mix of genders and ethnic backgrounds too – literally everyone can be embraced by this series

It is 5 stars from me for this one – a delightful read and one I will be very highly recommending!

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I really enjoyed getting to share with my daughter the story of Charles Dickens. There were a few aspects of this book that she didn't understand and I had to explain to her. It shows that things weren't always easy for Dickens and that he suffered setbacks before going on to become a famous author. She loved the idea that people were reading serialised stories, something she was keen to try her hand at. It was also good that although the book mentions The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, it gives a lot more focus to A Christmas Carol, a story that my daughter was familiar with and that it had a learning aspect from this - encouraging readers to open their hearts to those who struggle.

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This is a another great children's book from the Little People, Big Dreams series. I found it very interesting to read about Charles Dickens and his life, and I learned a lot about him. I enjoyed the images in the book and the easy to read text, which children will love. Charles was inspirational and he left behind a lot of great writing for us all to enjoy, such as A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Lovely illustrations with a clear and concise telling of some of the key highlights in Charles Dickens’ timeline. Would have also been great to have included something about how he performed and toured his stories to link back to his theatrical background.

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