Tales from Shakespeare by Marcia Williams

Tales from Shakespeare

Written by Marcia Williams

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Marcia Williams’s charming retellings of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays are made even more accessible and entertaining by her own distinctive and detailed illustrations. She features fourteen of the plays, a mix of comedy, tragedy and history, telling them with wit and insight, and often using direct quotation. Each page features three or more colour illustrations of characters and scenes, and even, for the introduction, the audience. Jewel-bright there are dramatic scenes - Hamlet confronting the ghost of his father for example, or the shipwreck that strands Viola and Sebastian at the beginning of Twelfth Night – as well as close-ups on characters, both heroes and attendant lords. It all makes this one of the most inviting and attractive introductions to Shakespeare’s plays for young children. ~ Andrea Reece


Tales from Shakespeare by Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style. Take your seats in the Globe Theatre as Marcia Williams presents fourteen of Shakespeare's most famous plays. From the heartbreaking tragedy of Romeo and Juliet to Puck's hilarious escapades in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Marcia brings Shakespeare's stories vividly to life.

A witty, accessible introduction to Shakespeare's plays.



. -- The School Librarian The School Librarian Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's plays in her trademark witty, accessible style. The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide Marcia Williams has to be one of the best, if not the best, re-tellers of classics around and I always look forward to a new book from her. [...] Marcia brings Shakespeare's stories vividly to life. The retellings are superbly set off by plenty of Marcia Williams

About the Author

Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams' mother was a writer and her father was a playwright and theatre director. She spent the early part of her life in Canton, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the Middle East with her mother and diplomat stepfather. She loved books from an early age and remembers being read to almost every night; "I would often be scared, especially by fairy tales, but I never wanted the stories to end." She went to boarding school in Sussex, from where she sent weekly illustrated letters to her parents overseas.

Marcia didn't receive any formal art training. She calls herself "an obsessive illustrator. I've just always done it. I never consciously thought: that's what I want to do." She had a number of jobs, including nursery teacher, which is when she developed her taste for story-telling to young children; "I learnt what they found accessible and what they enjoyed." Giving up teaching to paint, she studied watercolour at Richmond College and held some successful local exhibitions before a friend suggested that she took her work to show Walker Books.

Marcia lives in London and has two grown-up children and three grandchildren, one extra-large dog and a cat.

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144 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




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