Hamlet (Manga Classics)- William Shakespeare, Crystal Chan, art by Julien Choy

   Hamlet (Manga Classics) – William Shakespeare, Crystal Chan, art by Julien Choy, Manga Classics, Inc., (9781947808126), 2019

Format: Paperback

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

Genre:  Classic

What did you like about the book?  This manga adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy uses the full original text.  The dark story of murder, suicide and angst comes to vivid life through the detailed illustrations.  The book includes informative pages on Adapting Hamlet that discuss how the text and art relate to the classic in topics such as “echoing feelings with action,” and  “the visual expression of storytelling.” Also included is a Character Design Sketchbook. Readers, especially those who enjoy manga, will find the classic more relatable in his adaptation.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a good choice as an introduction to the original Shakespeare play or as supplemental material for readers who enjoyed the play.  

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

Where would you shelve it? YA 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:  2/8/2020        

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