William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream
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Annotation: Presents the Shakespearean comedy in modified graphic novel format.
Catalog Number: #234832
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: vi, 58 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7641-3142-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02634-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7641-3142-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02634-6
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 2004110785
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
PAGE, Philip & Marilyn Pettit , eds. A Midsummer Night's Dream ISBN 0-7641-3142-7 . LC 2004110785. PAGE, Philip & Marilyn Pettit , eds. Romeo and Juliet ISBN 0-7641-3144-3 . LC 2004110790. PAGE, Philip & Marilyn Pettit , eds. Twelfth Night ISBN 0-7641-3147-8 . LC 2004110791. ea vol: illus. by Philip Page. 58p. (Picture This! Shakespeare Series). glossary. Barron's 2005. pap. $7.95. Gr 7 Up Each book includes a brief introduction to the play, followed by an illustrated cast of characters and a glossary of literary terms. Annotated text from the play alternates with black-and-white illustrations of selected scenes, in the style of a graphic novel. It is unclear why the editors did not make these true graphic novels throughout. The black-and-white comic art is undistinguished, and as most of it simply depicts two characters in conversation, it does little to clarify what is going on. The first two plays in particular offer marvelous possibilities for the illustrator, so the ho-hum comics are disappointing. Think about it boxes contain study questions such as, What has worried Macbeth? and boxed Literary terms give examples like, ‘Hermia...Hermia...Helena...' is... alliteration . Teacher's guides accompany the books. Those interested in a graphic-novel interpretation might want to consider Arthur Byron Cover's Macbeth (Puffin, 2005), which is illustrated in manga style and would probably appeal more to reluctant readers. These titles might be useful for teaching Shakespeare to reluctant readers, but a better choice might be a simple annotated Shakespeare such as a Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare series (Spark), supplemented by Bruce Coville's William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1999) and William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2003, both Penguin), which are picture-book prose adaptations, or Adam McKeown's Romeo and Juliet: Young Reader's Shakespeare (Sterling, 2004). Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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School Library Journal (9/1/05)
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 5-9

One of Shakespeare’s dark comedies, this play tells of lovers forbidden to marry and depicts mysterious happenings in sinister woods. It concludes with a happy ending. Shakespeare’s immortal dramas are now available in illustrated form for classroom use! This revolutionary way of introducing the timeless comedies and tragedies of the Bard of Avon combines the art form of the graphic novel with written passages taken directly from Shakespeare’s texts. Children first studying Shakespeare are sometimes intimidated by the difficulty of his language. They will often miss the excitement and suspense in his story lines and the fascination of the wonderful characters he has created. Approaching his plays in the form of graphic-novel-style picture stories, supplemented with excerpts from the original dialogue, can be a young student’s important first step in truly understanding and appreciating Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Preceding the action of each play, these books offer brief summaries explaining what the play is all about, followed by illustrated casts of characters, each character shown with a brief descriptive caption. Supplementing each title in this series is a separately available teacher’s guide that suggests topics for classroom discussion and advises on imaginative activities that fit the classroom environment and coincide with the five acts of each play.

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