Shakespeare Retold – written by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo


61pjyyfe9kl Shakespeare Retold – written by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo, HarperCollins Publishers, 9780062404534, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

What did you like about the book? This simple but beautiful collection of prose and bright illustrations is a whimsical and accurate introduction to the world of Shakespeare for young readers.  As John Lithgow notes in his Foreword, too often Shakespeare is thrust to students at a late age as something to be studied, risking a loss of love for these stories.  By providing an accessible method for more children to enjoy Shakespeare, Nesbit and Caparo are sparking a life-long love.  Not only do the text and illustrations work seamlessly to convey meaning, but the retelling is true to the original with all its foolish and cruel characters alongside the beauty and love in each story, making this book one that can build a great foundation for all readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No dislikes, but I only hope for a “sequel” with a writer/artist team up just as potent as this one.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended strongly to young readers who enjoy mythology, fairy tales, or other collections of stories.  These classic tales are condensed so even reluctant readers can tackle one, but also have an appeal to stronger readers through the stories themselves.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school (approx. grades 1-5) library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Nonfiction (822.33 – Works of William Shakespeare)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! If you are a fan of Shakespeare, this is a quick read to enjoy and revisit some favorite plays in a new way.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewDecember 10, 2016

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