Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge *Children's Edition*

(Narrated with Audio Christmas Carols)

Fiction - Holiday
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 12/21/2020
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Author Biography

Norman Whaler is a multi-award winner from Grosse Pointe, MI, USA. With over 120 awards for his children's books, Norman focuses on positive messages, some on serious subjects and some that are just about fun. He is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), IAN, and IBPA. His website is normanwhaler.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic, but the story didn’t end with Ebenezer Scrooge. He truly left a legacy behind when he found Christmas in his heart, as we see in this charming sequel from Norman Whaler titled Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge – The Sequel to A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim is all grown up, thanks to Ebenezer’s kindness, but life has taken yet another tragic turn for the young man. The future he hoped for is taken from him in adulthood and he finds himself forgetting his former blessings and falling into despair. He doesn’t have Christmas in his heart as he goes to bed one night, tired from a hard day’s work, to be woken by none other than the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge! In true Dickens fashion, Tiny Tim is shown how his actions have impacted others for good despite his downturns, and encouraged to continue showing kindness to all people, and not giving up on doing good.

A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite holiday stories, so I was thrilled to find this sequel. Even though it’s a children’s tale, I was intrigued to find out how Scrooge’s legacy panned out in this charming story and was thrilled to see that he not only kept Christmas in his heart but passed it on to the next generation. It was also great to see Tiny Tim all healed and grown up, and to see the impact he was having on the world. The story is supplemented with beautiful narration and lovely scriptures and Christmas carols to make this book a delight not only for children but for adults as well. Norman Whaler did an excellent job in continuing the tale. I highly recommend Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge – The Sequel to A Christmas Carol for the entire family!

Jamie Michele

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, written by Norman Whaler and illustrated by Voxillustrations, is a reimagining and continuation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The story is told in staves, with the fifth and final stave showing a complete transformation of the miserly Scrooge spreading happiness and wealth to those he withheld prior. The primary benefactors of Scrooge's lavish distribution of wealth are his employee, Bob Cratchit, father to Tiny Tim, a charity collector who had been previously tossed out, and Scrooge's formerly estranged nephew, Fred. Whaler's extension picks up with a now-adult Tiny Tim who appears to have fallen once again into some degree of poverty despite Scrooge having promised the Cratchit family never would, as Tim's proposal to the woman he holds dearest is refused on account of him being poor once again. In time, Scrooge revisits Tim to deliver a reminder of God's message and to find a now destitute, but happy in her faith, Becky and her son.

Norman Whaler has created a fully immersive experience with Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, combining his own original text shared in verse and stanzas, with the feel of limericks, and a voice reading with accompanying music to pull it all together. The message is firmly planted in God's grace and mercy, as well as the sustenance faith provides when the world does not. I admit I was a little confused by Tiny Tim being poor once again as no explanation is given on how that came about, but artistic license is often employed when the foundational work doesn't explicitly state that Scrooge and/or Fred will continue caring for the family Scrooge grew to love, and Whaler does well in weaving another series of encounters in the spirit of Christmas. Overall, this is the beautiful execution of an ambitious project, and one I have no doubt will find its way into the hearts of a new generation of readers.

Romuald Dzemo

Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge (*Children's Edition*): The sequel to A Christmas Carol (Narrated with Christmas Carols) by Norman Whaler is an endearing Christmas story for children. When Tiny Tim was young, he wanted to run around and play like other kids his age, but he could not because he had a bad leg. A mean and selfish old man called Scrooge, a man who used to frown and scowl, changed his heart and made a promise never to let Tiny Tim down. Tiny Tim’s leg got better and he became very happy. As a grown-up, Tim became filled with love and faith. He fell in love with Becky, but her parents said “No,” because Tim was too poor. He became dejected after Becky was taken away from him, lost his faith in God, and became a very lonely person. Seven days before Christmas, Old Scrooge passed away, leaving Tim one last lesson: to always care and be kind to others. On Christmas Eve, Tim had a strange visit from the ghost of Scrooge who took him back to his past, showing him scenes where people helped others and leaving him with the wonderful message that we are meant to care for others. The encounter with the ghost of the one kind person in his life transformed Tim’s heart and led him to his one true love: Becky.

Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge is a well-written Christmas story that is beautifully illustrated, one that should be gifted to children, especially during this time of the year. I enjoyed the simplicity in the writing and Norman Whaler’s ability to capture the miracle of Christmas in the story. The changes in the lives of the characters contain a powerful message of love and faith, allowing readers to decipher the gift of sharing and caring. Christmas carols are also sprinkled through the story and readers can listen to them by just clicking on the play buttons. It is a heartwarming and inspiring story of love, faith, and Christmas.