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Full of fascinating facts and impressive detail presented in their trademark pictoral and acessible style
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016
Mick Manning and Brita Granström have developed a picture book approach to non-fiction that brings their subjects to vivid life. Beautifully illustrated throughout in coloured pencil and watercolour and with pen and ink for the hand lettering, this is beautiful to look at and packed with information. There is lots on Shakespeare’s childhood – stories of the famous as children always catch the imagination of young readers – and the book provides a very clear impression of Tudor life. It explains the ‘lost years’, when no-one really knows what Shakespeare was up to, and cleverly puts the plays in the context of Shakespeare’s life and times. There are retellings in a sort of comic-strip of some of the most important plays – Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet – while comic-strip style speech bubbles throughout let readers hear Shakespeare’s words and world. Children can read this book in so many different ways, and Simon Callow, quoted on the cover, is right when he says this is a perfect introduction to the real Shakespeare.
Endorsed by Simon Callow, Shakespearean actor and biographer: "This witty and vivid book is a perfect introduction to the real Shakespeare: the man in his time and his world, but at the same time perfectly recognisable. I can't think of a book more likely than this enchantingly illustrated tome to connect young people to the greatest, most exciting, most human, most surprising writer of them all. A great achievement."
The life of William Shakespeare is vividly depicted, from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, childhood and schooldays, through apprenticeship at his father's glove-making shop, his marriage to Anne Hathaway, and then the move to London - where Will hones his skills as an actor-playwright for The Lord Chamberlain's Men. When the newly-built Globe Theatre opens in 1599, Will Shakespeare is a key member of the company, and many of Shakespeare's most famous plays are first performed here. By his death in 1616, William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the master playwright of his age - and ever since as one of the greatest writers of all time.
With lively graphic-novel descriptions of many of Shakespeare's most famous plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and The Tempest, and drawing on the latest biographical research, this is the perfect introduction for children to the life and works of William Shakespeare.
Published in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a great source of further reading.
Emma Mulveagh, Books Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, commented: “We’re delighted to have worked with Mick and Brita on this unique project and are thrilled with the finished book. Shakespeare’s life has been told for children many times before but not as fully or affectionately as this. We love the attention to detail, especially in the depiction of Shakespeare’s family homes as well as its humour and charm, and hope young people will enjoy this enchanting book as much as we do.”
'These books by Brita and Mick are better than any other way I can think of to learn about people. They may be famous, but not so much that we can't learn more about them.' Bookwitch
'A perfect introduction to the real Shakespeare' - Simon Callow
'Selected for the Children's Preview Drawing on the latest biographical research, this offers a really excellent introduction from primary school-aged children... life in 16th Century England is vividly depicted via comic strips.' -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller
"an inspirational duo.” Parents in Touch
|Publication date:||3rd March 2016|
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Literature, People / Places|
Mick Manning and Brita Granström specialize in lyrical non- fiction picture books. They have written and illustrated over 60 books and have won many awards, including the Smarties Silver Award, the English Association Award and The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award. Their previous books, published internationally and in many languages, include the award-winning Fly on the Wall series, Tail-End Charlie, What Mr Darwin Saw, Charles Dickens: An Extraordinary Life, Nature Adventures, Wild Adventures, The Beatles and William Shakespeare. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders. Read a Q&A with Mick and Brita here. &...More About Mick Manning