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The Orchard Book Of Classic Shakespeare Stories [Hardcover]

Andrew Matthews , Angela Barrett
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Book Description

27 Sep 2001
Eight of Shakespeare's best-loved plays, including 'Romeo and Juliet', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Hamlet' and 'Macbeth', are retold in this truly classic collection. Andrew Matthews' lively retellings capture all the drama and excitement of the original plays and Angela Barrett's beautiful illustrations bring the well-known characters and their stories gloriously to life.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (27 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860391613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860391613
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.1 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

An ideal first introduction to eight of Shakespeare's most-loved stories.

About the Author

Andrew Matthews is a celebrated children's author, who has written over fifty books and has twice been nominated for the Smarties prize.

Angela Barrett completed a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art,

London and was taught by Quentin Blake. Upon leaving, Angela turned

almost immediately to illustration as a career. She won the Smarties Prize in 1988 for Can It Be True?, the

WH Smith Illustration Award in 1991 for The Hidden House and was

shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award in 1984 and 1989 and the Kate

Greenaway Medal in 1993 for Beware, Beware!

The Orchard Book of Stories

from the Ballet and The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories are

exquisitely illustrated by Angela and are regarded as definitive

collections. Angela has become a leading figure in illustration and her

unique talent is recognised internationally. Her artwork regularly

features in exhibitions and is highly collectable. Angela lives in


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
My 8 year old daughter has enjoyed this book so much, both reading it herself and having it read it to her. It's Shakespeare made accessible for parents as well as children! - as the preface says Shakespeare never meant for his plays to be read, they were written to be acted out on a stage, and as they are such rich stories anyway they work so very well 'adapted' to read as stories. The layout and 'cast list' at the start of each play/story are really nice touches too. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 11 Jan 2013
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This is a lovely book and gives the overall story in a way that is easy to read. If you want to introduce Shakespeare to a child or if like me you simply cannot get the hang of the way the plays are written then this book will be of enormous help. I love the way the stories are written and the illustrations are beautiful.
Shakespeare wrote the plays to be enacted not read so by making the plays accessible as a story it opens the Bards works up to a larger audience. I am on the look out for more books like this to have more of his stories in this sort of format.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Shakespeare 20 Mar 2011
By Sarah
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I bought this book because I wanted to revisit Shakespeare on an easy level!
The book is easy to understand. However, having purchased a 'used' book which is a little to 'used', I wished I'd purchased a new one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Classic! 25 Feb 2014
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This book is just so beautiful and it contains all of Shakespeare’s most popular works. It makes a wonderful baby shower gift. I have given to a couple close friends and they have all loved it. I also have a copy of my own and it’s great to read through the condensed version of these timeless classic stories.
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