'Everybody knows a bit of Shakespeare...... But .....did you know he couldn't spell for toffee, that he went missing for seven years, that he used to help his workmates dress up as women, that he once stole an entire theatre or that some people don't think he wrote anything at all? This book gives you the low-down on the most famous writer of all time - and probably the most mysterious.'
176 pages dedicated to the life of the English writer. Split into chapters:-
Introduction Enter Shakespeare stage left.... Shakespeare in school Shakespeare in love The lost years Shakespeare's London Will gets writing Shakespeare at work Shakespeare the success Shakespeare's Globe Shakespeare and the crown The King's man Shakespeare's suspects Master playwright The final curtain Shakespeare through the centuries Shakespeare's Complete Works in date order
Written in a variety of fonts with humorous black and white cartoon illustrations throughout.
It was the cover that caught my eye, an unusual picture of Shakepeare holding a scull. Could be interesting? At home a brief turn of the pages ended with me reading and enjoying the book. It is obviously well researched, written and illustrated with a sense of humour. As well as Wills life story we get the maps of old Stratford and old London and plot outlines of several plays. A rewarding read for adults an children alike.
Ask your average 9 - 15 year old to read a book describing the life and times of William Shakespeare and you would be greeted by blank stares! However both of my children (11 and 14) couldn't put this book down. Andrew has once again captured the fun and light style that even the most reluctant reader will enjoy.Both of my children loved the Roald Dahl book in this same series and this is just as enjoyable.A good choice packed with lots of new facts.
Following on from the other various titles of the "Dead Famous" series this is certainly a sure winner.Light, amusing writing style and fabulous illustrations cleverly hides the fact that this book is packed with lots of new information that even the most reluctant reader will enjoy.Entertaining and helpful.
I read this to my kids (age 12 and 8) at their urging. They really enjoyed some of the other books in this series and picked this one up at the library. The book is packed with facts presented in a light and humorous way and includes plot summaries for several of his most well known works. Both children really enjoyed the book and protested when I wanted to stop reading. Now that we have finished they have both expressed an interest in seeing "The Tempest". Andrew Donkin and Clive Goddard should be given some sort of an award for services rendered to literacy. Getting kids to take an active interest in Shakespeare is some achievement.