Gr. 5-8. Employing the same oversize comic-strip format she used for her delightful Tales from Shakespeare (1998), Williams introduces seven more of the Bard's plays--among them, Twelfth Night and King Lear. A contents page disguised as a playbill explains that the characters' words are Shakespeare's and that plot summaries appear beneath the cartoons. The pages are bordered by pictures of rowdy spectators, whose commentary ranges from humorously personal to illuminating observations on the plays. The spreads are jam-packed with intricately detailed, colourful art that invites scrutiny and also conveys the appropriate mood: sombre black-and-white with colour highlights for Richard the Third, but a much brighter palette for As You Like It. Williams' narrative is simple, the plots are well abstracted, and despite the busy pictures, the text, black set against blocks of white, is easy to distinguish and read. An enjoyable, accessible vehicle to help children experience and appreciate Shakespeare, reflecting both the times and the timeless appeal of the Bard's creative plots and diverse characters. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Marcia Williams is a successful author/llustrator and, with her distinctive cartoon-strip style, has now illustrated and retold many literary classics for children, including The Adventures of Robin Hood (9781406311372), Greek Myths (9781406303476) and Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories (9781406305630). Her latest books are Archie's War (9781406304275), a child's diary of the First World War and My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright (9781406309409), a Second World War journal. Marcia lives in Barnes, London.
...marvellously concise and bright * . School Librarian * Another batch of the bard's work presented in Williams's inimical comic strip fashion, embellished with the usual marginal, caustic asides from the audience. Immensely satisfying. * Achuka * ...these editions in Williams' comic strip style are perfect for introducing young children to the plays while sharing the excitement of live performance. * Books for Keeps *