A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare, adapted by Crystal S. Chan, art by Po Tse

       A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Manga Classics) – William Shakespeare, adapted by Crystal S. Chan, art by Po Tse, Manga Classics, (9781947808102), 2019

Format:  Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  A manga adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy brings the play into a fun form for teens.  The tale of the mischievous Puck, the quarrelling King and Queen of the Fairies, the pompous actor Bottom and two pairs of star-crossed lovers is perfectly captured in this adaptation.  The title features Shakespeare’s full original text in word bubbles and the illustrations make the action and plot easy to comprehend.  The book includes a section from the artist, character design sheets, and notes on the adaptation. This is great information for readers interested in the genre. This is a fun introduction to Shakespeare.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This series is a fun way to bring the classic plays to today’s teen readers especially those who enjoy reading manga.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Manga

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  2/2/19           


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