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A Midsummer Night's Dream (signed)

Coville, Bruce (retold by)

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ISBN 10: 0803717849 / ISBN 13: 9780803717848
Published by Dial, New York, 1996
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st ptg., 4to picture book, cloth-backed boards, a charming retelling of the play with dreamy color illustrations by Dennis Nolan, who signed the publisher's bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper. Signed by artist. Bookseller Inventory # 21158

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Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream (signed)

Publisher: Dial, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Nolan, Dennis

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st

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A simplified prose retelling of Shakespeare's play about the strange events that take place in a forest inhabited by fairies who magically transform the romantic fate of two young couples.

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Grade 2 Up?Surely Nolan has created the most appealing Puck since Mickey Rooney. The wise hobgoblin piping on the cover and laughing on the title page is an irresistible lure into the story. Throughout, the artist's muted watercolors enrich the retelling. The cast of characters (except for Oberon's and Titania's elf-sized bands) look to be straight out of a high-school drama club production. Bottom is definitely the football captain who got roped into doing the play. The effect is delightfully fresh and youthful. The lush settings are perfect, from the blue Mediterranean and marble steps of Athens to the ancient magic of an enchanted forest full of huge gnarled trees with delicate sprites nestled among the vines and roots. Coville's aim, as in his version of William Shakepeare's The Tempest (Doubleday, 1994), is to tell the story in an uncomplicated manner and he does it quite smoothly, integrating Shakespeare's words into the simplified retelling, which is never so modern that the original rhythms are lost. The focus is on the two pairs of young lovers. The foolish antics of Bottom and the rustics, wonderfully slapstick and arguably the most readily accessible to young audiences of any of Shakespeare's clowning, are introduced but not elaborated upon. A Midsummer Night's Dream has been retold well in collections, but this individual treatment, verbally and visually true to the spirit of the play, will reach a new audience while delighting the old.?Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
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