“Your uncle?” Horatio said, startled by his friend’s words. “Murdered his own brother? I don’t believe it.” “You didn’t believe in ghosts either,” Hamlet said. “But there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. I tell you, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
A dramatic and modern retelling of the classic drama with superb art throughout. Written by an outstanding scholar, this made-just-for-them Hamlet will foster in children a lifetime love of the Bard. The language is simple yet eloquent, and draws the children into the story with superb dialogue, vivid description, and careful attention to the flow of events. The skillful blending of Shakespeare’s own lines with modern language and illuminating information enhances youngsters’ involvement and comprehension. There’s background on Shakespeare and the play; answers to FAQs, such as “Why isn’t Hamlet sure if he can trust the ghost?” and a “Who’s Who” of the characters. The story unfolds in awe-inspiring art, from full-page spreads to revealing details. Young Reader’s Shakespeare is a powerful visual and reading experience.
Adam McKeown has taught Shakespeare, Renaissance culture, and writing at New York University, Clarkson University, and Princeton, and is currently a professor at Adelphi University in Long Island.
Sally Wern Comport has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Spectrum. Sally’s recent books include: Brave Margaret, Skeleton Man, and The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark. She serves on the faculty of the Maryland Institute, College of Art.