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on 9 August 2017
Have bought lots of these books a great way to teach children the basics of Shakespeare's stories and also brilliant at refreshing my own vague knowledge of his works! Great purchase and a lovely gift for the children/grandchildren.
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on 29 November 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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on 2 June 2013
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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on 28 February 2010
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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on 29 November 2016
A well-related story which would engross a child as much as it engrossed me! A treat and an easy read. I was a little miffed that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern didn't make an appearance though.
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on 1 May 2012
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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on 22 October 2015
Bought for grandson who was going to see the play. A little thinner than I had expected, but a tough enterprise involving a lot of thought
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on 28 January 2013
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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on 13 December 2008
This was a good story if you are
going to read this book
you would have to like BLOOD!!!
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on 14 November 2014
excellent. just as described
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