Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scrooge #worstgiftever

Scrooge #worstgiftever
By Charles Dickens & Brett Wright
Random House, 2016. 90 pages. Young Adult

Scrooge #worstgiftever is a retelling of The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens through text messages, status updates, and lots of emojis, part of the "OMG Classics" collection.  I have to say that the other OMG Classic I read, Darcy Swipes Left (a Pride and Prejudice retelling), did a little more to update the story and use a broader range of platforms whereas this book was more of a straightforward translation of The Christmas Carol into an SMS feed with emojis.  Still, there were fun touches: the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come only speaks in emojis, and there were playful references to auto correct (Bah HAM BUG) and wrong numbers ("Scrooge: Tell me, stranger - what day is it?!" "555-1422: New phone, who dis?")  This is a fun, quick read, and will be appreciated by those with a sense of humor and an affinity for social media.


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