Google Doodle

Charles Dickens on Google Doodle

By on February 7, 2012

Google honors English novelist Charles Dickens with a doodle.  Two hundred years and Dickens’ works have never gone out of print.

In this classic doodle of an old-fashioned sepia-ink-style with subtle coloring that is reminiscent of typical adventure novel illustrations, we see a few characters of the 13,143 that Dickens brought to life from the books he wrote. This as how doodlers did it as always to identify with the main man.

To name some of the characters and I hope I’m right…from the first G is Charles Darnay, a french nobleman who married Lucie Manette in “A Tale of Two Cities.” His being inside the G is symbolical of his almost-death by the guillotine – to which Sydney Carton sacrificed himself for his love of Lucie.

On the first O donning a Victorian hat is Little Dorrit or Amy, the seamstress whose fortune took a long time finding her from “Little Dorrit.”

Sitting on the second  O is Tiny Tim and below him is perhaps Dicken’s most famous character Ebenezer Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol.” So influential is Scrooge, his name has entered the English language to mean miserliness, a trait he’s known for and so does “Bah! Humbug!” his most famous line.

They are followed by Pip and Estella from another of Dicken’s great book, “Great Expectations.” We can see Pip with roses to define how he pursued Estella throughout the story.

Standing by the lamp (the letter L) we could see Oliver Twist and his friend, probably the Artful Dodger. Like many of Dickens’ books’ theme, Oliver Twist tackles poverty and social issues and concern for social reforms.

At the end, inside a shop, is Nell Trent and her grandfather from  “The Old Curiosity Shop,” drawn quiet well and not depicting poverty at all.

All these and a number more characters are drawn behind, set in London to perfectly depict Dickens’ stories.

To better identify the characters, watch this video closely.

Dickens wrote a lot more books that garnered praise most notably David Copperfield, Hard Times, The Pickwick Papers, and Bleak House. It would probably take the whole pixel span of a browser if doodlers are to put them all in.

I’ve yet to find my other Dickens books, as of presstime I found these three with the help of my daughter. (I tend to have books in my bags, so it’s probable they’re in one somewhere.) 😀  Oopps, did I just describe how chaotic I am? Hopefully I get to write about each soon….


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Reading Challenge

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

By on February 4, 2012


I’m committing myself to some book challenges this year…I think I’ve been looking at the wrong places as I haven’t seen a meme about books before, but thanks to Pinterest, I stumble on some today. 🙂 The rule is to read one book from the following genres:

  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction
  3. Romantic Fiction
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Young Adult
  6. Fantasy
  7. Science Fiction – Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005)
  8. Non Fiction
  9. Horror
  10. Thriller /Suspense
  11. Classic
  12. Your favourite genre

For this, I will update this post as I progress…

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Thankful for bookstores that make reading more fun

By on February 1, 2012


What’s more fun than getting lost in a book and living the story in your imagination? For kids, it could be physically being on those places the books describe. Above is son2 in a wood train of books inside Thalia, one of our favorite bookstores. There, he can look at picture books and pretend to drive the train as well…would be totally cool if the book depicts a train.

The kids love this place, it’s not as big as Powerbooks and the coffee corner for adults is not half the whole floor but just a little corner…I could go with it too. The kids truly behave in here…much better than in the library. 🙂

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