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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales [Paperback]

Marcia Williams
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4 Feb 2008
Travel back to Medieval England and join Chaucer and his band of Canterbury pilgrims in this wonderful introduction to one of Britain's greatest literary legacies. These nine well-loved tales, from a host of colourful characters – the Knight, the Miller, the Reeve, the Wife of Bath, the Summoner, the Clerk, the Franklin, the Pardoner and the Nun's Priest – are brought to life with Marcia Williams' trademark witty, comic-strip art, allowing this classic text to be enjoyed by all ages.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406305626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406305623
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 31.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Williams is one of our very best retellers of the classics." The Independent on Sunday"

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A selection of well-loved tales from Chaucer's literary masterpiece retold in humorous comic-strip style.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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.
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Read this with our son, and he loves it. His favourite tale is the rather bawdy Miller's Tale.... unsurprising given that particular tale's occupation with bodily functions. Shared these with my husband too, who hadn't read any Chaucer, so he received an interesting evening's education too :> Highly recommended for a very bright and colourful, not to mention *fun* introduction to these classic tales. Children will love the cartoonish format, as would older children/persons who may well have no previous experience of Chaucer.
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By Byday
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This is a very funny book and made me laugh out loud. My 12 year old and I took turns to read stories from it. The witty asides in the illustrations add to the humour and understanding. Some of ruder bits have been re written for children but the gist of the stories is clearly there. Now my daughter thinks Chaucer is great fun so hopefully she won't be put off when she encounters the original work in her later school years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Dec 2010
By Raff
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Bought this partly out of curiousity from me but mainly (yes!) for my 6 yoa girls.They loved it and insisted that we read a story a night.Will buy more from Ms Williams
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too intense for a seven-year-old? 24 Dec 2012
By jogo
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I bought this book for two children aged seven and eight. I have read one and thought some of its content may not be appropriate so the parents of the children in question will be viewing it first. From what I remember from my 'A' level days the wife of Bath's Tale was rather vulgar.
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