Victor Hugo, born this day in 1802.

Born this day in 1802, Victor Hugo is widely considered to be one of France's greatest writers, author of classics such as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Miserables'.

I have to confess I am not the biggest fan of his writing- it's so dark and depressing- but if you are looking for a good introduction to his work, then Marcia Williams has used her trademark cartoon strip style to create a very readable version of the 'Les Miserables'.

The content of Marica Williams' version has been heavily edited to avoid some of the less pleasant details of the original which makes this a good starting point for younger children - or a precis for those going to see the stage show/ watch the film and want an idea about the plot.

The illustrations are everythng you would expect from Marcia Williams, making the book visually very appealing. Even the scenes of misery- and there are many in this story- are full of imaginative details; the sewer scene, for example, is full of rats and spiders and odd things floating along with the two men.

Les Miserables    by Victor Hugo, retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams

Walker Books    ISBN: 978-1406353167