BAH! HUMBUG! By Michael Rosen, Illustrated Tony Ross, Walker Books/Candlewick Press

Out October 2018

A timely retelling of A Christmas Carol for the whole family about a smartphone-obsessed dad.

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday classic. Harry Gruber plays the role of Scrooge in his school’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” and he is extra nervous about tonight’s performance because his father is in the audience — not away for business, as usual. Will the story’s message of Christmas cheer and the redemptive power of love reach his father’s distracted Scrooge heart?


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a book retelling of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” from a chapter book perspective.  

This book focuses on family, priorities, a bit of magic, the Christmas Spirit, love and redemption.  I love stories about Christmas and make it a point to read a few this time of the year to get into the spirit of the holidays.  The book jacket is a shiny metallic red and simply gorgeous.  The book could be a beautiful collector’s item that can be brought down off the shelf to share with family every year.

The illustrations are wonderful and compliment the book perfectly.  A clever merge of the original story with this modern retelling is done well. 

Keeping in the mind of the era, this story does have a modern touch to keep up with the times.  Family situations are realistic.  Characters are fun and innovative, fully fleshed out with excellent arc growths.  The plot transitions well from one plot element to the next.  This is a fun and greatly enjoyed book, truly entertaining and I recommend it to all.

Four out of Five Stars

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