Synopses & Reviews
Classics for a new generation Mysterious, dark, and full of excitement, Oliver Twist takes readers on a compelling journey through the crime-haunting alleys of Victorian London. Its hear-rending story of an innocent boy's struggle for survival is peopled by an unforgettable cast of characters -- villainous Fagin, brutal Bill Sikes, and the irrepressible Artful Dodger. Often filmed, and adapted into a hugely successful musical, Oliver Twist remains as popular as ever. This vivid retelling for children is remarkably faithful to Charles Dickens's masterpiece, while Ian Andrew's illustrations brilliantly evoke the atmosphere of 1830s London. Photographs and historical facts place the story firmly in context, allowing readers to enter fully into the fascinating world of Oliver Twist.
Exceptional, high-quality titlesÖ Both for the audio quality and textual presentation, these are outstanding selections. (Booklist)
A volume that would hold any student's attention. (Kings Features Weekly Service, August 1, 1999)
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth in England. He became the most successful author of his time, completing fourteen novels as well as short stories, travel notes, and newspaper articles. Oliver Twist (1837-8) was his first true novel. He said he had "poured his heart and soul" into its creation. Its vivid portrayal of London's criminal underworld was controversial at the time, but has ensured the book's lasting fame. Ian Andrew studied art at Camberwell College of Art and animation at The Royal College of Art. His animation projects include Raymond Brigg's Father Christmas and his own award-winning Dolphins. He has illustrated many books, including The Encyclopedia of Dreams. His first book for DK Publishing was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the DK Classics series.