Dec. 13 On the Shelves

The following books are available at the Portales-Public Library

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Brett Helquist:

The watercolor/pen and ink drawings of the illustrator of The Series of Unfortunate Events and other children’s books bring this timeless classic to life just in time for the holidays.

Helquist’s dramatic sense of scale captures the fanciful moments of the story. My personal favorite is a two-page spread showing the enormous ghost of Marley towering over a diminutive Scrooge, his back pressed into the chair and his bowl of porridge tipped over at his feet.

Cool blues and grays contrast with warm yellows of fond memories and warm indoor settings. The text is taken directly from Dickens, though seriously condensed from the original. The shorter story will make a fine introduction to the tale for younger readers or a perfect family storytime for Christmas celebrations.