Where's Will: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays by Anna Claybourne

Where's Will: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays

Written by Anna Claybourne
Illustrated by Tilly

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With Shakespeare in the spotlight, this book finds an unusual and effective way to spark children’s interest in his plays. It retells ten of the most popular in cartoon strip, each accompanied by a brief synopsis of the action. A bright busy double page illustration of a scene from the play follows and children are challenged, Where’s Wally style, to find the main characters and indeed Shakespeare himself amongst the crowds. The illustrations are very appealing and catch the mood of the plays very well: Messina, the setting for Much Ado About Nothing, is a real Italian town with turrets, domes and courtyards; Macbeth’s castle is set in a very grey, dreich Scottish hillside; Prospero’s island is clearly a magical place under skies tinged pink. A fun way to make Shakespeare’s plays familiar and enticing to children. ~ Andrea Reece


Where's Will: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays by Anna Claybourne

Spot Will Shakespeare and a selection of his colorful characters from 10 of his best-loved plays! First, get to know each play by reading a snappy synopsis of the plot and meeting the main characters. Next, hunt for the characters, who are hidden in the detailed and beautifully illustrated pictures of the plays’ settings.

Each play is introduced with a snappy synopsis of the plot, where you meet the characters to hunt for in the beautifully illustrated scenes, offering a fun and novel way in for kids to Shakespeare’s timeless writing. Award-winning children’s author Anna Claybourne summarises the plays into an easily digestible 300 words.

Illustrator Tilly creates the fun and engaging hidden character scenes. Can you pick out Puck in the magical midsummer night? Will you spy Cecilia hidden in the Forest of Arden? And can you see Shakespeare making a
cameo in every scene?

About the Author

Anna Claybourne

Anna Claybourne is the author of numerous books on the natural world for young readers, including the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Planet Earth, the Survival Skills Handbook and many more. She is also the winner of the Times Educational Supplement Senior Information Book Award for her title The World of Shakespeare which summarised the plays in attractive and digestible synopses. She is also the author of a picture book called Where's Will.

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48 pages


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The Ivy Press

Publication date

1st September 2015




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