Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare! Paperback
Seven classic Shakespeare plays presented in an accessible comic strip format. The Globe Theatre is delighted to announce a new season of Mr. William Shakespeare's plays! Prithee take your place once more for a performance of seven of the Bard's finest tales.
See As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing - each brilliantly presented in dramatic comic-strip form, including Mr Shakespeare's own dialogue and the riotous remarks of the audience.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 40 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/09/2009
- Category: Comic strip fiction / graphic novels
- ISBN: 9781406323351
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Review by wrightk
Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare! is an amazing book. It exposes children to classic literature (7 Shakespeare plays) through comic strip/graphic novel form. The actual dialogue in intermixed with illustrations that summarize the plot, as well as comments for audience members who are watching the plays (in order to help comprehension and dialogue). I can see many children who typically wouldn't read plays on their own, pick this up and devour it! Definitely a great book to have in the upper elementary, middle school classroom or home!
Review by mdaniel54
The idea behind Marcia Williams' Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare is an admirable one. Williams takes seven plays, including As You Like It, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing, and morphs them into a short, succinct picture-book. However, the magic of the individual plays gets lost in the shuffle. At forty pages, the book isn't nearly long enough to properly showcase the individual glory of each story.Given the brevity and bare bones of Bravo, Williams' intended audience must be quite young. In that case, the eye-catching illustrations work quite well. Told in panel form, the drawings are framed with spectators supposedly watching the play, an interesting side wrinkle for readers, though it might prove distracting for some.Marcia Williams' Bravo, Mr. Williams Shakespeare is an interesting concept on the surface, but ultimately takes on more than it can handle. Perhaps if the play workload had been cut in half, the book could have been better rated. Unfortunately, that was not the case and this adaptation of Shakespeare won't be recommended in this space.