William Shakespeare and the Globe
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This issue’s cover illustration by Fangorn is taken from Brian Jacques’ Lord Brocktree (Hutchinson, 0 09 176877 2, £12.99), the thirteenth title in the internationally best-selling Redwall series. Salamandastron, the ancestral home of the Badger Lords, is under threat from Ungatt Trunn, an enemy whose power would seem to be absolute and whose evil knows no bounds. The only hope for survival is the badger Lord Brocktree who is drawn to the fortress by an undeniable sense of destiny. Brian Jacques' masterful storytelling as always spins a web of high adventure that will enthral the reader from the first page to the last. Thanks to Hutchinson Children’s Books for their help in producing this September cover.
This non-fiction picture book tells the story of William Shakespeare's life and work, act by act, ending with the opening of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. The richly detailed illustrations, backed up by lively and interesting text, bring the story vividly to life, making this a highly accessible introduction. I liked the tone of the text very much, though I am not convinced that presenting it as quasi blank verse works as well as it could. It nearly makes it but not quite. Had it been written in 'real' blank verse - now that would have been an enviably clever touch. The book should appeal to children and adults alike, though older (child) readers might find the artwork style and large format rather young. For older (adult) readers, it would seem eminently suitable as the sort of book to be bought as a fact-packed souvenir of a visit to the Globe.