To call the great Charles Dickens a children’s writer is to overlook the enduring appeal that this legendary Victorian writer holds for a wealth of adult fans. Nevertheless, the wonderful descriptions in his many books are simply a joy to read, and few writers can paint a picture with words as well as Dickens could. His is a world of downtrodden society that reflects the age he lived in, yet brightness is brought to every occasion. For older children, a book such as Oliver Twist will certainly delight with its superbly engaging storyline and a mix of ‘good and bad’ characters, which is often the theme with Dickens. Or the magnificently atmospheric scenes in A Christmas Carol which continues to influence all genres of writing to this day.