Book: William Shakespeare & the Globe

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William Shakespeare & the Globe

Author: Aliki
Publisher: HarperCollins

William Shakespeare. Sooner or later, everyone learns that name. He was one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived.

Comedy, tragedy, history, fairy tales-Shakespeare wrote about them all in his brilliant plays that were performed at the Globe playhouse by the greatest actors of his time.

This is the story of Shakespeare’s world in Elizabethan England 400 years ago, and the famous Globe theater. It also tells the present-day story of Sam Wanamaker, the American actor whose lifelong dream to rebuild the Globe in London, where it first stood, became a reality. Aliki has created a meticulous five-act masterpiece you won’t want to miss!


“How many ages hence/ Shall this our lofty scene be acted over/ In states unborn and accents yet unknown!” In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, he prophesies his own future more accurately than he may ever have dreamed. Although Shakespeare’s works have touched people everywhere, very little is known of his life. Well-loved author and illustrator Aliki pulls together clues from writings, drawings, history, birth, marriage, and death records, and from Shakespeare’s own plays, in this vibrant introduction to one of the greatest writers of all time.

Cleverly arranged as a play, with an aside and acts one through five, the book features a quotation from one of Shakespeare’s plays on every spread. Bite-sized chunks of text are interspersed with the lovely detailed illustrations Aliki is famous for, making what might be a difficult subject very accessible. In addition, there are charts listing Shakespeare’s plays, a chronology of his life, sidebars with mini-biographies of significant people in his life, and a partial list of words and expressions he invented (gloomy, moonbeam, mountaineer, zany, and bated breath, among 2,000 others!). Aliki also devotes a special section to Sam Wanamaker, a 20th-century man with a dream to reopen Shakespeare’s Globe playhouse in London. (Ages 7 and older) —Emilie Coulter

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