Modern: Shakespeare – No Fear!

By Catarina Wilk

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
That will be ere the set of sun.
Where the place?
Upon the heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
I come, graymalkin!
Paddock calls.
Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
(Macbeth – ACT I SCENE I: A desert place.)

Yes, we are sure that you still remember the first lines of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that you might have learned in language arts at school (surely more pain than pleasure at that time…) and of course, many more of his masterpieces are still very present in our heads.
As we are marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in April, it is more important than ever to celebrate his glorious collection of work. However, many of us seem to back off from classic literature. Yes, we do agree that this type of literature can be challenging, but that does not mean that you cannot enjoy Shakespeare’s brilliant work. If you fancy Shakespeare “with a modern twist”, we have got something for you!

Much ado about Shakespeare – The life and times of William Shakespeare in a literary picture book written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley can be described as a very modern response to Shakespeare’s classics. While Donovan Bixley has written and illustrated over 70 books, his new book is solely dedicated to Shakespeare and his life.

Much ado about Shakespeare

“Beautifully illustrated, it draws on lines from his own plays to capture the exuberance of Shakespeare’s own life and times in a way that is enjoyable and easy to read but hugely informative at the same time. Perfect for both young and old fans of the bard who want to know about the various stages of his life without wading through tomes of academic literature”.
Without any doubt, the illustrations show a great attention to details and you almost feel as if you are part of Shakespeare’s story.

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While the book explores Shakespeare’s life and his different stages regarding his career in a very entertaining way, the beautiful and extremely colourful illustrations make the book a pleasure to look at and tell the story of Shakespeare’s life in a very visual way.

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Further one thing is certain, Will (as William Shakespeare is called throughout the book) would be very pleased to see his life in this kind of modern way.
You get to know this iconic literature giant in a rather different way; almost as if one of his friends is chatting to you over a cup of tea while sharing his life story with you.
Shakespeare made easy!

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