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5.0 out of 5 stars Step into the wondrous world of Shakespeare, 19 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Stories from Shakespeare (Hardcover)
I bought this a few years ago at a Summer Fair when my children were far too young to read it and I was unable to resist it. It was a great concept because the plays were adapted to narrative style without simplifying or trimming too much. The true essence of Shakespeare's plays was there in full glory. The illustrations were rich bursts of colour jumping out of the beautifully textured, deeply contrasted pages of what appears to be gouache paintings: some are bright and light, some are dark and ominous and submerged in washes of mystery.

Now aged 8, my daughter has spontaneously picked up this book from the shelf -I found her in bed with it- and read it voraciously this summer over two or three days. Story after story. Non-stop. There is magic, there is drama, there is love, there is tension, there is action, there are funny bits, how could a child not like this?

When asked which story is her favourite, she says she likes all of them (with maybe a slight preference for "Hamlet"). I couldn't be more pleased. To top it all, she has come up with a game where players take turns at reading one or two lines from any story and the other players have to guess what play the quote is from.

Now that she knows the stories, we are moving on to Manga Shakespeare, the graphic novels/plays where the stories have been re-set in different times/historic contexts/countries but the original Shakespearean language has been preserved.
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