Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Give the Gift of Shakespeare...
Charles and Mary Lamb's classic Tales From Shakespeare has been newly illustrated by Joelle Jolivet. The tales retold in this one are MacBeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear. Can you guess which plays these illustrations come from?
In this charming collectible, a selection of Charles and Mary Lamb’s classic prose retellings of Shakespeare’s plays are beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Joëlle Jolivet. The Lambs’ Shakespeare, familiar to readers since the 1800s, gets a modern twist from Jolivet’s vibrant and colorful art; Jolivet re-imagines the princes, royalty, fools, and villains from Shakespeare’s world as colorful, striking characters. From Much Ado About Nothing to Macbeth, each story features pages of illustrations that are both irreverent and wholly appropriate. Enclosed in a die-cut slipcase, the book is the perfect gift for Shakespeare fans at any age.
About the Author
Charles Lamb (born 1775) and his sister Mary Lamb (born 1764) are best known for their prose adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, Tales from Shakespeare. Joëlle Jolivet is an internationally acclaimed illustrator. The New York Times gave her book 365 Penguins “top marks in math and art,” and Copley News Services says it’s “a heck of a lot of fun.” Publishers Weekly called her books “vibrant/dazzling” and School Library Journal said they “are aesthetically impressive as they are informative.”