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Oliver Twist

Author: Margaret Maison; D K Swan; Michael West; Charles Dickens
Publisher: Harlow, Essex : Longman, 1987.
Series: Longman classics. Stage 4
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 5-7. Let's face it, there are dreary passages in Dickens and convoluted sentences that are impenetrable for young readers and that put them off a great story. This retelling works well: it gets rid of a lot of the padding while keeping the narrative tension of the original. Oliver's stark request, "Please, sir, I want some more," will thrill kids today as it always has, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Maison; D K Swan; Michael West; Charles Dickens
ISBN: 058252279X 9780582522794
OCLC Number: 17371481
Description: 74 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Longman classics. Stage 4
Responsibility: Charles Dickens ; simplified by Margaret Maison, D.K. Swan and Michael West.

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Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 5-7. Let's face it, there are dreary passages in Dickens and convoluted sentences that are impenetrable for young readers and that put them off a great story. This retelling works well: it gets rid of a lot of the padding while keeping the narrative tension of the original. Oliver's stark request, "Please, sir, I want some more," will thrill kids today as it always has, and the story of the street boy on the run, who lives with outlaws and then finds a safe home, is an archetypal adventure. The problem here is the illustrations. Dickens' novel is scary. Cruickshank's original pictures were true to the terror as well as the comic absurdity of the story, but Birmingham's large, soft pastel pictures are sunny and sweet and angelic, with no hint of darkness and grime. Yes, Dickens' story does end in sentimental togetherness, but the terror is always there. Fagin's crowd was never this cute. ((Reviewed Sept. 1, 1996)) -- Hazel Rochman.

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