William Shakespeare's as You Like It
William Shakespeare's as You Like It
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Annotation: In graphic novel format, presents the play by William Shakespeare in which Rosalind, banished to the Forest of Arden and disguised as a boy, reunites with her true love Orlando.
Catalog Number: #46435
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Magic Wagon
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Espinosa, Rod,
Pages: 48 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-602-70761-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-602-70761-0
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 2010002659
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
These graphic novels add a visual element to as much of Shakespeare's original iambic pentameter dialogue as can fit into the awkwardly placed speech bubbles. Illustrations effectively distinguish each play's setting, but little about the stiffly drawn figures or their interactions is likely to make these adaptations particularly appealing to readers.
School Library Journal
GOODWIN, Vincent . William Shakespeare's Cymbeline . illus. by Rod Espinosa. ISBN 978-1-60270-763-4 . LC 2010011391. GOODWIN, Vincent . William Shakespeare's Henry VIII . illus. by Chris Allen. ISBN 978-1-60270-764-1 . LC 2010011050. GOODWIN, Vincent . William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors . illus. by Rod Espinosa. ISBN 978-1-60270-762-7 . LC 2010011048. ea vol: 48p. (Graphic Shakespeare Series). further reading. glossary. Web sites. CIP. ABDO / Magic Wagon / Graphic Planet . 2010. PLB $19.95. Gr 6&11;9&12; These brief adaptations of individual plays have attractive, full-color panels illustrating the action and incorporating dialogue taken directly from the scripts. Each volume includes a cast list, a brief description of the setting, a short summary and analysis of the play, several famous phrases, a biography of the Bard, and list of his additional works. The artwork for As You Like It, Cymbeline , and The Comedy of Errors is done in a light palette of bright colors and pastels nicely suited to the subject matter, with characters drawn in a style heavily influenced by Japanese manga. Allen's illustrations for Henry VIII are more workmanlike and are in dark colors with numerous touches of royal purple. These books would probably work best as introductions to the plays for younger students or reluctant readers, as the additional materials and analysis are very basic. However, Cymbeline and Henry VIII seem odd choices for graphic adaptations for this age group, given that they are seldom if ever taught at the middle or high school level. As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors would probably receive more use. Purchase where needed.&12; Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 4,345
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 140093 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:9.0 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q15987
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: L

The works of William Shakespeare come alive in these stunning graphic novels adaptation using the original Shakespearean dialog. The world-class art, comedy, and romance of As You Like It will capture the attention of reluctant readers. Supplement your traditional Shakespearean sources with the graphic novel adaptation that will help readers imagine the action like never before. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 5-10.

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