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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condensation for younger readers, 29 Nov 2008
This is a terrific product, and the kids will love having it read to them or, for the over eights, reading it themselves. It's a tragedy, of course, and while the complexity is simplified for younger readers, it's no less gruesome than the original, but as with all the brief novelisations from this Shakespeare Stories series it offers plenty of bang for buck.

It's about a twenty minute read so is perfectly feasible to get through in a single sitting, and is expertly paced, elegantly written, the dialogue has a pleasingly hammable air (I found myself adopting accents and being quite the dramatist as I read it to my boys), and it succeeds very well in accentuating the major dramatic and figurative themes of the play, and includes a couple of pages of summary and context at the end. So much so that it's really not a bad encapsulation of the story for any reader without the inclination to wade through the bard's own iambic pentameter.

It is typeset in nice big text and there are (Quentin) Blake-esque pen and ink illustrations dotted liberally thoughout, so this would be a pretty good self-reader too, for the eight to twelve bracket.

Olly Buxton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little stories, 28 Feb 2010
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These books are a fabulous introduction to Shakespeare for children (KS2). Great for parents who want to know what the play is about without reading it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet, 2 Jun 2013
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I chose this rating because it is a very good and interesting book and I loved reading it. I really liked this book because it's one of those books that you Don't want that person to do something but they do it and if you want them to do something they Don't do it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet, 28 Jan 2013
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Got this for my son when they were doing about the book at school and found it was a lot easier for him to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet: for children, 1 May 2012
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My eleven year old was having trouble understanding Hamlet - it had been set as homework - but this book unravelled it for her in less than thirty pages!
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY!!!, 13 Dec 2008
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This was a good story if you are
going to read this book
you would have to like BLOOD!!!
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