We read this aloud every year at Christmas, and we continue to enjoy and delight in the transformation of Scrooge! Highly recommended!Dicken's writing is so wonderful. It makes me happy to read his words aloud, he has such an amazing way with words. It is hard for me to read alot of current fiction (I'm thinking here about my slog through "The Hunger Games") and then read something classic like this from DIckens. In the stark side-by-side comparison, you realize how poorly written some books today really are. Read a description of Scrooge's house and then marvel at what a master Dickens is at crafting just the right words! "They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and have forgotten the way out again."And later on, these descriptions of the cornucopia of food at the local grocer's just before Christmas..."There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence. There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish friars, and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by, and glanced demurely at the hung-up mistletoe."