What people are saying about ‘A Christmas Carol’

This is a wonderful gift of Christmas for children and their parents.

Joan Ganz Cooney

Co-founder of Sesame Workshop

I love this book! Refreshingly familiar but even more appealing to grownups who were once children and children who want to hear something wonderful and hopeful that makes Christmas more special every time they hear the story. Love Paige’s drawings and Jesse’s excellent adaptation — like new music to our ears. Every day is Christmas with this “Christmas Carol!”
Judy Collins

Grown-up child

“A Christmas Carol” permeates the decades of our lives from childhood onward. What a fanciful delight to experience the newest, most originally abridged and illustrated presentation of this timeless classic by artist Paige Peterson and writer Jesse Kornbluth. Is it Christmas yet?

Diane Cirincione Jampolsky


I teach students who struggle with comprehension, yet it is in the curriculum to read “A Christmas Carol.” For several years I struggled with the story and worked hard to help them understand the vocabulary and symbolism. This abridged version encourages discussion, as I discovered when I read it aloud to my class. My students showed such interest! I have never had that happen. It’s wonderful that my less than perfect readers understand the valuable theme in the story, and when they go on the field trip to see the play, they’re finally able to understand what is happening on stage.

A 7th grade teacher

When something old and classic becomes new again, it is a joy. Illustrator Paige Peterson and author Jesse Kornbluth have performed that miracle for “Christmas Carol” just in time for Christmas!

Lena Tabori


Paige Peterson’s “A Christmas Carol” reveals stunning new artwork gracing the pages of a classic holiday tome.

Marin Magazine

What a splendid idea to create an updated version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” making it more accessible and, yes, appealing to today’s children without losing the charm and brilliance of the original. Jesse Kornbluth has done just that, and his love and admiration of Dickens’s holiday classic shines through on every page. And Paige Peterson’s illustrations – dark, provocative, and wonderful, and even better now that they’ve been reissued in color – are an inspiration!
Christopher Cerf

Author, Composer-lyricist

I teach 12-year-old boys in Dublin. I have read the original of “A Christmas Carol” many times with many classes. It goes knee deep in treacle in some parts and I lose the class for a while. I had been searching for a very long time for a good version. At last I’ve found one. Each year now, in early December, my class will be reading your book.

A teacher in Ireland

Parents – and especially children – will thank Kornbluth and Peterson for taking this timeless holiday classic and transforming it into something we actually want to read. Nobody wants to take their medicine at bedtime or read a book from 1843 just because people say you should. Now we have a version of “A Christmas Carol” that is a pleasure to read and fun to share with our children.

Anthony Tassi

CEO, Literacy Partners and expert in family literacy