This graphic versions of Shakespeare's Macbeth is brilliant for bringing the story to a new generation who will, hopefully, be able to then progress at a later stage to the original text. This makes it a far less forbidding experience for the average GCSE English pupil! The original text and the modern English versions share the same images and so can be directly compared, page for page, if pupils are struggling to understand the original. The artwork is uniformly excellent.
Additionally, there are also some well written background articles on the globe, the background to Macbeth itself with a 'potted' history of the appropriate period of Scotland. Together, with a full Dramatis Personae, all of this makes for a very fulfilling reading experience for younger readers who have an opportunity to experience the full richness of Shakespeare's English and the contribution he made to the development of our language.
I am a teacher of 9 to 11 year olds, and I love to introduce them to Shakespeare's work. This year, we have been looking at the story of Macbeth. We have watched the animated taleShakespeare: The Animated Tales, Act 1 (The Taming Of The Shrew & Macbeth) [DVD] and the Shakespeare 4 Kidz version. We have written letters and diariy entries, and we have been creating our own, abridged comic strip version of the story. This book has flown around the classroom, proving to be a great way to show the story to them. They are hooked!
My only complaint is in the quality of the binding. Already, our copies have needed cellotaping up, as the spines are breaking. What a shame!
Brilliantly clear graphic novel. Bought for when my teen needs translation of text for faster understanding. It's used with the full text version for GCSE study as, of course it won't have those all important quotes those poor kids gave to learn off by heart! Good A4 size, colour on good quality paper. Easy to read, follow and makes the story more accessible to everyone.
This was my first real attempt to absorb Shakespeare's work at the age of 50. The book is laid out with fantastic illustrations and the text is simplified to the extreme making it easy to follow the plot. Don't be put off by the comic like presentation as this only compliments an enjoyable read with a better appreciation of the play. These range of books are a perfect way to discover and understand Shakespeare's plays. I am pleased to have uncovered this treasure and feel compelled to read more in the range.