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Books  >  Shakespeare Retellings

The Tempest

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A gorgeous fairy tale of a play, and a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers. It is also a play that young people should know. Prospero, Mirada, Ariel, and Caliban have entered the culture as icons and to be unaware of their provenance means missing references that are sometimes simply fun, sometimes a vital clue to what an author or artist is trying to do. In short, knowing these characters is a perfect example of what has come to be called “cultural literacy.”

“This dramatic picture book serves as a good introduction to Shakespeare’s well-loved play.”—Publishers Weekly

“Coville tells the central story of The Tempest in a graceful, fairy-tale style… The simplified story and lavish pictures will help create an audience of the play.”—School Library Journal


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The story takes readers into the enchanted woods surrounding ancient Athens. On this night there will be more than the usual mayhem. For two human couples have entered the forest, not knowing that the fairies and hobgoblins who live there have mischief in mind. When Oberon—the Fairy King—and his loyal servant Puck intervene in human affairs, the fate of the young couples is magically and hilariously transformed.

“A nice way to prepare children for a fresh performance of the play”—Booklist

A classic in itself, full justice to the genius that came before.”—NAPRA ReView


Macbeth

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The story of Macbeth—a tormented man who is at once heroic and evil—has enthralled audiences for nearly four hundred years with its host of unforgettable sense. They’re all here in his stunningly illustrated prose version. Geared toward young audiences who may be meeting Shakespeare for the first time, this book is an exciting and accessible invitation to the play’s rich story, creating a gateway toward further enjoyment of the original.


Romeo and Juliet

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“O she doth teach the torches to burn bright,” says Romeo when first he spies Juliet at the Capulets’ ball. Juliet is charmed by the young man, and before long, the two fall in love. But they are from warring families and must marry in secret. Can their love put an end to their families’ hatred?

Geared toward young audiences who may be encountering Shakespeare for the first time, this illustrated version is not only accessible but also true to the original work. It creates the perfect bridge to further enjoyment of the play.


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Hamlet

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There is perhaps no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This haunting tragedy of the prince who acts too slowly has touched audiences for centuries.

Now Bruce Coville, whose adaptations of other Shakespearean works have been widely praised, brings his talents to this great play. Expertly incorporating essential lines into his own rich prose, he creates a version that is accessible and enjoyable to young audiences who might be experiencing the Bard for the first time.

Acclaimed artist Leonid Gore adds intense, dreamlike images in acrylic and pastel. His depictions of Hamlet, Ophelia, and the rest of the kingdom are revelatory and unforgettable, helping to make this masterful volume a treasure for Shakespeare enthusiasts old an new.


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Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies - a rambunctious story of hidden identities and misplaced love. Bruce Coville has been widely praised for his dynamic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. Here he again weaves his own graceful prose together with pivotal lines from the masterpiece.

Shipwrecked in an unknown land, Viola must disguise herself as a young man named Cesario in order to serve at Duke Orsino's court. Soon she finds herself falling in love with Orsino, but alas, he loves the Lady Olivia. Little does he know that Olivia despises him and has in fact fallen for the gentle Cesario! “Disguise, thou art a wickedness” poor Viola can't help but exclaim. Will she ever be able to revealher true identity?

Viola, Olivia, Orsino, and their company of buffoonish sidekicks are expressively, hilariously illustrated by Tim Raglin, who has taken full delight in Bruce Coville's faithful, buoyant adaptation. Together they have created a joyous treasure to be relished by Shakespeare enthusiasts and newcomers alike.


The Winter's Tale