Reviews for William Shakespeare
Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 January 2001
Gr. 5-7. This large-format volume from the Poetry for Young People series presents three sonnets as well as 24 excerpts from the plays of William Shakespeare. The sonnets are accessible as well as beautiful, but the use of dramatic excerpts is problematic. Some speeches, such as "All the world's a stage," from As You Like It and "The quality of mercy is not strained," from The Merchant of Venice, work well in this short anthology. Others, such as the two excerpts from Henry IV, Part One, seem unlikely to appeal as poetry, particularly to young people who do not know the play. Glenn Harrington has illustrated selections with impressionistic paintings. Often focusing on a single character, the paintings are well composed and richly colored. Consider this attractive book as supplementary material for children's collections with a demand for Shakespeare. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
Twenty-seven selections from Shakespeare's plays and poems include soliloquies, orations, and monologues from [cf2]Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth,[cf1] and [cf2]As You Like It.[cf1] The accompanying oil paintings exude a dramatic, theatrical air, but the small type size is off-putting. An introduction provides readers with a sketch of Shakespeare's life and accomplishments. Ind. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews
School Library Journal Reviews 2001 January
Gr 8 Up-An exploration of Shakespeare as a poet. The book begins with a good biographical introduction to the Bard and his work. Three well-known sonnets, Hamlet's famous "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, as well as several well-known speeches from other plays are included. Some of the selections are not strong poetryand others may be off-putting to the intended audience. Each piece includes a brief glossary. There are often notes on the poetic function of the language, but this is not a book for the poetically fainthearted. A sophisticated, powerful oil painting accompanies each piece. Unfortunately, the full-page illustrations could have the effect of further alienating older students.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.