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The Shakespeare Stories 16 Book Box Set: Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth, Henry V, Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing [Box set] [Paperback]

William Shakespeare
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Childrens Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408313057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408313053
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 9.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this brand new collection features more Shakespeare Stories than ever before. From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers. The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to get a set in abridged version 17 Jan 2011
By Mot Juste TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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My daughter has a set of these in her Yr 6 classroom. I bought them as they offer a shortened version of Shakespeare in an easy to digest way.
My older daughter who is at senior school dips into them as well as they give her the whole picture when she has to plough through the fuller version at school. They are well presented and easy to read, well worth the money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare collection 14 Dec 2011
By stu
These books are a valuable resource for the introduction of some of shakespeares works. They seem to grasp the core of the story, promping you as a reader to investigate more about the play.
Brilliant buy, the seller was promt and Amazon yet again makes the transition of sale easy to do and understand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for kids 21 April 2012
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A marvellous introduction of Shakespeare to 7 year olds. My boy is hooked on the stories by this "dude" Shakespeare. I hope he will still like him when it comes to GCSEs,
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box-set 15 Mar 2011
Fabulous set of story versions of Shakespeare's classic plays. I'm an English teacher and these are a great way to get kids of all ages (or adults for that matter) into what the plays are about. They can help remove the fear of Shakespearean language and help readers get to grips with what are essentially superbly crafted, timeless tales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For something different... 14 May 2013
I wanted to introduce my 8 year old to something different to read. He's intrigued in that the books only arrived yesterday and he's on to his third one! They are not difficult to read and I wanted to share my love of Shakespeare with him. A good buy:)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing way to acesss the bard 15 Feb 2012
Although not brought through amazon, this is the same boxset that we got for our daughter, aged 7. I was worried that although the stories are written in accessible english with plenty of pictures that she might not find them as interesting or attention grabbing as something more modern such as Doctor Who or Tracy Beaker. Well how wrong could I be ! She has read the lot in a week and in many cases (Macbeth. Hamlet, Lear and 12th Night) read three or more times). It is testament to the ageless stories rewritten in accessible English that she thinks they are are so great (combined with reading what are quite shocking stories for a 7yr old - there are not many children's story books where the main character looses his eyes!. For those worried about the more adult areas of the bard the sexual elements are downplayed and to be fair any elements of violence that are not required for the story line also get dropped (but don't forget that William did like to do away with a good chunk of the cast.
In summary I cannot praise this series enough as it is a fantastic entry into the world of serious literature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous introduction to Shakespeare 15 Aug 2011
By Gabsi
The illustrations by Tony Ross make this set of stories from Shakepeare instantly appealing to older primary school, and those at secondary school who would like to become familiar with Shakespeare but are a bit intimidated by the original texts.
I bought these as a gift for my daughter's Year 6 class and the teacher thought they were perfect for the interest level of the children and to complement their class work. For the number of books given they were a very good price and I became so hooked by them in their short time in my possession that they nearly didn't make it to school!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of books 27 May 2012
By Joshua
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I saw a midsummer nights dream at London and I really liked it so I decided to get this book set.
I have read one a night and liked the gruesome ones best.
My favourites were Macbeth and Hamlet.
I suggest these books to 7-12 year olds because they are easy to read but still enjoyable.
I would certainly recommend these books to children like me to start learning about Shakespeare.

Joshua,age 10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Great value for this set and a great introduction to Shakespeare for young readers. As a teacher of 8 year olds, I plan to give these to my confident readers whom I think will cope... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Marnie Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for the very young
Set arrived promptly and in great condition. Useful to give child an overview of the story contained in each play.Easy to read and plenty of illustrations.
Published 9 days ago by Philip Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of Shakespeare Stories for children
Child they were for (aged 10) found them very age appropriate and is enjoying them very much. Worthwill buy - value for money
Published 23 days ago by Mrs A Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A brilliant set of books... Shakespeare written in easy language for children to understand. Read with my class and they love them!
Published 26 days ago by Hayley Oliveri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Shakespeare for keen young readers. Well...
This was recommended by a friend, and Amazon offered free delivery. Lovely set of books for an introduction to Shakespeare, that are easily accessible for keen, able readers. Read more
Published 27 days ago by L. Starkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable books
This is a very good value. Books are easy to read and they are great introduction to the English most famous writer ever.
Published 1 month ago by maliprinc
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Shakespeare
Easy to read with lovely illustrations.
We found them a great way to get children interested in Shakespeares stories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NinjaMummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good set of easy to read books
This was a present and will come in very useful when they do this at school. Summary and glossary in the back of each. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dominic Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
These are a great present for children learning about the history of Shakespeare. Well written, excellent cost and fantastic service
Published 3 months ago by Miss T A Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids
Helped my kids to understand Shakespeare in a child friendly way. Would recommend to ages 8 - 14 years. Great
Published 4 months ago by Deanna Friend
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