Reviews for Best of Shakespeare

Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 October 1997
Gr. 4^-6. Sandwiched between the appreciative introduction by Iona Opie and the more analytical afterword by Peter Hunt are 10 retellings of Shakespeare's most famous plays, written by E. Nesbit. Shorter and more colloquial than the Lambs' classic versions, these stories don't recapitulate every subplot but capture the essential events and retain a little of the original wording. In a departure from the painterly illustrations that accompany most retellings, this volume features photographs from productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as several North American companies. The use of photographs gives the book a less childish look than other retellings. A good choice for young people seeking an introduction to the tales or for older folk looking for a refresher. ((Reviewed October 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Published spring 1997. Introduction by Iona Opie. Afterword by Peter Hunt. [cf2]Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet[cf1], and [cf2]King Lear[cf1] are four of the ten plays briefly retold by the beloved author of [cf2]The Railway Children[cf1]. A mix of excerpts from the plays and Nesbit's modern, sometimes anachronistic language results in ungainly, if accessible, retellings. Black-and-white photographs from modern theater company productions accompany the plays. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews