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Marcia Williams
Tales from Shakespeare: Seven Plays

There isn't much more to say about Tales from Shakespeare than I said in my review of Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare. The only difference in the two are the plays covered. If you have both books, then you have 14 different plays. The style, format, etc. are identical for both books. The plays, in this book especially, can be rather dark, gruesome, scary, and even violent so if you don't want to expose your child to such themes yet then you may want to hold off on Shakespeare until your child is a bit older.

from the publisher:
Come and wend your way along London's Thames River to the Globe Theatre, where seven favorite Shakespearean plays are being performed. ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, JULIUS CAESAR, HAMLET, MACBETH, THE WINTER'S TALE, and THE TEMPEST, full of Shakespeare's rich dialogue, are brought to life in Marcia Williams's signature comic-strip style. Although they are approximately 400 years old, William Shakespeare's plays are just as relevant today as they were in the 16th and 17th centuries, when going to the theater was a favorite pastime. Shakespeare made accessible for young readers!

"What I recommend with my whole heart is that as soon as possible you give any child between 8 and 14 Marcia Williams's TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE--seven plays presented with wit, charm, slightly manic euphoria, and implicit knowledge and respect . . . The sheer amount of information Williams conveys and the subtleties she touches on . . . are wonderful to behold." --Boston Globe

"Williams uses the oversize, comic strip format of her King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and other picture books to evoke a sense of what it must have been like to attend performances of seven plays at the old Globe Theatre. . . an inviting taste of the Shakespearean buffet, as well as a rare glimpse into the character of Elizabethan theater." --Booklist

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