This brilliant picture book tells nine of the better known tales from Chaucer's medieval classic, each one energetically repackaged into a brief, lively episode with simple modern-English prose and bright witty comic-strip illustrations.
The original Canterbury Tales was a collection of stories written by Chaucer in the 14th century, in Middle English and mostly in verse. Those tales, written for adults not children, were a mixture of originals and retellings within an outer story - a group of very different characters on a pilgrimage from Southwark to Canterbury each told a tale to while away the time on the journey.
This book is an inspirational approach as it makes this classic text enticing to a wide range of twenty-first century readers. It's is a wonderful bluffer's guide for adults who would like to know a bit more about these famous Canterbury tales without wading through 600 pages of medieval original. Chaucer has hitherto passed me by, and I bought this book for me. However, with its beautiful light-hearted illustrations, it's also a lovely taster or starting point for anyone from age 5. My five and seven year old children enjoyed it as much as I did and, though the tales are tastefully told, two of the nine stores have an integral farting or bottom incident which always help keep a little reader entertained. In addition to the main text, the additional speech bubbles are in old English (with the tip to read them aloud) so you can get a taster of the language back in the fourteenth century without having to wade through unfamiliar spelling and vocabulary.
This is an absolute masterpiece making Chaucer delightfully accessible to teenies & oldies alike with good humour and flair.