Today’s title is the book ‘A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories’
Title: A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories
Author: Angela McAllister
Illustrator: Alice Lindstrom
Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books (September 6, 2018)
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Childrens
Category: Children’s Fiction
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Step on to a stage full of stories with this beautiful anthology of 12 stories from Shakespeare. Featuring much-loved classics such as The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Othello, each story is rewritten in a comprehensive way that is accessible for children and stunningly illustrated by collage artist Alice Lindstrom. This lavish follow-up to A Year Full of Stories and A World Full of Animal Stories is the perfect gift for book lovers young and old.
My Thoughts On ‘A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories’:
Angela McAllister provides an accessible, approachable Shakespeare for younger audiences and for all those who stayed away from the bard for any number of reasons. She writes in straight-forward, clear, contemporary English that make it easy to understand for the intended target audience of 7 – 10 year olds (and even older!).
The plays start off with a quote from the bard accompanied by a cover-page illustration for the play. A pictorial depiction of the main characters that includes a briefest of introductions to them follows and the story itself takes about six pages to tell. Each story is accompanied by about four to five vibrant, collage-style illustrations that capture the feel of the story perfectly (and lend to the tale by doing so).
What I loved:
- The variety of tales included in the book – the book includes my favorite tale – Twelfth Night, as well as stories like Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing among others.
- The essence of each story retained in this version for kids without glossing over the harsher events that occur, and within six pages!
- The inclusion of original lines in betwixt the text seamlessly, like, in the ‘Twelfth Night’ – ‘If music be the food of love, play on’
- The fact that it proves its point – being accessible for the younger audiences – so well. My tween dd attested to this fact!
- It also includes sections with information about Shakespeare and a brief introduction to the plays included in the book, as well as a complete play list, which make for informational and fun reading.
- The gorgeous illustrations – I loved the color, the collage-style work, and am sure that younger audiences will truly enjoy this artwork. It seems like just the right amount of illustrations for this age-group making a transition from picture books to chapter books.
While the beauty of the bard’s original works is lost in a simplified version such as this, the book provides the magic of his plots and the introduction to what could be when young readers read the bard himself. This will make a great gift to all of those who love to read, to those who are reluctant to read Shakespeare, and also to those who love Shakespeare, and also to introduce the bard to just about any and all audiences (young and old)!
Reading Level: 6+
Reread Level: 4/5
Disclaimer: Thank You #NetGalley for the DRC of this book; a physical copy of which will be making its way into my home library soon!. The opinions are my own.
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Question to You, Dear Reader:
Have you read the bard’s works? Have you read any other versions of his works, like this one? Do let me know you favorite.
Another book I enjoyed that does a good job of introducing Shakespeare to kids is the Poetry for Kids series.
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14 thoughts on “Book Review: A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories”
I like some of the Hogarth Shakespeare retelling’s but as far as I can recall I never read his work in school and I’ve never fancied reading his work.
shakespeare and i have a love-hate relationship and this retelling was one i enjoyed..
I have wondered if kids today could relate to this old tales
books like these might help towards that a bit:)
I have wondered if kids today could relate to these old tales
I love books about Shakespeare. This looks delightful. Great review.
Shakespeare is something my children have a problem with, I tried and tried. I’ll do something different.
I’m not into Shakespeare by I am digging those graphics. I may need to check this one out!
Great review! This seems like a great book for kids!
Oh this looks like a fun book! I’d definitely check it out, what a great way to introduce Shakespeare to kids!
that is so true.. and i am hoping my son (who is reading shakespeare for school will learn to enjoy it more)
My oldest daughter would love this just as much as I would.
Great review, I haven’t read any book by this author but this book looks and sounds like a really amazingly fantastic and great children’s book. I’m really glad you fully enjoy it, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.