Best Christmas book for 2017: Bah! Humbug! By Michael Rosen
- Published on Monday, 13 November 2017 11:00
- Last Updated on 10 November 2017
- Monica Costa
Christmas stories belong only at Christmas time with two exceptions: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen (with drawings by “Horrid Henry” illustrator, Tony Ross), which is a magical retelling of Dickens’ famous festive story.
Without giving away many spoilers, I can reveal that Michael Rosen has successfully framed A Christmas Carol with a modern story in a way that will help children see how the novel speaks about the way we are now.
Modern children feel particularly detached from classic literature and it requires a gifted writer to make them appreciate the value of beloved traditional tales.
Personally I love this retelling almost to the point that I almost prefer it to the original story. Michael Rosen is an incredible author who manages to convey the powerful messages of Dickens’ original tale by adapting it in a modern and unique way.
The story sees the protagonist Harry Gruber playing the role of Scrooge in his school’s production of A Christmas Carol. He is extra nervous about tonight’s performance because his father is in the audience – not away for business, as usual. The story’s message of Christmas cheer and the redemptive power of love will reach his father’s distracted heart in a cathartic way.
The combination of Michael Rosen’s funny yet heartfelt writing and Tony Ross’ amazing illustrations results in something truly special: a modern Christmas classic tale that will certainly be enjoyed for many years to come.
Bah! Humbug! is a seasonal classic brought up to date by two giants of kids’ fiction.
As a curiosity, the expression Bah Humbug is used to show disgust at the Christmas season, made famous by the fictional character Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. This is the passage where it’s mentioned:
Guy: ‘I love Christmas, Don’t you Mr Scrooge?’
Scrooge: ‘Bah! Humbug!’
Bah! Humbug! has been chosen as London Mums’ favourite Christmas book for 2017.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums