William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Coville, Bruce and Gore, Leonid (illustrator)

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004
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8vo. 38pp. Signed by Bruce Coville on title page C. 2006. Light wear to corners of boards, head and foot of spine bumped slightly. Light wear to corners of dust jacket. William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy that has seen countless screen, page and stage incarnations is retold in a short form that is easily accessible for young readers. Leonid Gore's dreamy pictures capture the grim tone of the original story, while remaining wonderful to look at. Signed by author Bruce Coville on title page C. 2006.* * * [Please note: additional postage fees may be required for oversized and/or international orders to be shipped.]. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This haunting tragedy has touched audiences for centuries. Now Bruce Coville makes this play the next of his dynamic adaptations of the Bard for the young. Once again, he expertly incorporates essential lines from the play into his own rich prose to tell the tale of the ill-fated Prince of Denmark.

Acclaimed artist Leonid Gore adds intense, dreamlike images in acrylic and pastel. His depictions of Hamlet, Ophelia, and the rest of the kingdom are revelatory and unforgettable, helping to make this masterful volume a treasure for Shakespeare enthusiasts old and new.

From School Library Journal: Grade 5-8--Coville's knack for making Shakespeare's tales accessible reaches new heights in this prose retelling of the Bard's best-known play. Not only is the text incredibly faithful to the original, but the language that surrounds the quoted dialogue is also amazingly rich. As the author's note explains, all of the elements of a compelling epic are here: "ghosts, murder, madness, and revenge," and Coville gives youngsters the opportunity "to experience Hamlet as story" before exploring the depths of its poetic language and its intensity as a staged drama. His carefully chosen words suit the mood of the haunting tragedy and bring about the desired emotional effect in readers. For instance, the ghost that appears to the soldiers standing guard is described as "a spectral shade whose chill, silent presence struck fear into their hearts." Done predominately in shades of blue and orange, Gore's acrylic-and-pastel artwork underscores the sharp contrast between the protagonist's periods of brooding and his angry outbursts. While the facial features are not particularly distinctive, the mood of the play is reinforced by the overall tone of the illustrations and by the artist's masterful use of shadow. The texture of the paintings, which allows the lines of the figures to both blend into and protrude from their backgrounds, provides a visual sense of Hamlet's indecisiveness. This is a gem for all collections, a surefire way of introducing middle and perhaps even high school scholars to the glories of Shakespeare's genius.--Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Title: William Shakespeare's Hamlet
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Leonid Gore
Book Condition: Very good +
Edition: Second Edition.

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