Reviews for Midsummer Night's Dream
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
This freely adapted prose retelling of Shakespeare's comedy includes some lines from the actual play. The text focuses on the broadest elements of the tale's humor and emphasizes them with comical fairy-heavy digital illustrations, some awkwardly posed. Short chapters complete the effort to make the work easily understandable to young audiences, though much is lost in terms of language and subtlety. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 March/April
Adam McKeown's retelling of Shakespeare's well-known romantic comedy is designed to both entertain and introduce juvenile readers to the works of Shakespeare. The story of magic and love, featuring fairies, sprites, and hobgoblins will delight young readers and leave them asking for more. Antonio Javier Caparo's vivid illustrations alone could almost tell the story of kings and queens, both fairy and human, along with ordinary young men and women who fall in and out of love. Thanks to a little magic juice, everything ends well for all the mismatched lovers. This work is an excellent way for librarians and teachers to introduce young readers to the world and works of Shakespeare. Librarians and classroom teachers will value the biographical information about Shakespeare, offered at the beginning of the book, which provides readers insight into the origin of the story. Included in the back of the book are answers to questions novice Shakespeareans may have. An index is also included, a ong with a who's who listing of major characters. Highly Recommended. Kaye Dotson, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.