Brick Shakespeare: The Tragedies-Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar

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Enjoy four of Shakespeare’s tragedies told with LEGO bricks. Here are Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar enacted scene by scene, captioned by excerpts from the plays. Flip through one thousand color photographs as you enjoy Shakespeare’s iconic poetry and marvel at what can be done with the world’s most popular children’s toy.

Watch the brick Hamlet give his famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy, and feel brick Ophelia’s grief as she meets her watery end. Lady ...

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Brick Shakespeare: The Tragedies-Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar

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Overview

Enjoy four of Shakespeare’s tragedies told with LEGO bricks. Here are Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar enacted scene by scene, captioned by excerpts from the plays. Flip through one thousand color photographs as you enjoy Shakespeare’s iconic poetry and marvel at what can be done with the world’s most popular children’s toy.

Watch the brick Hamlet give his famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy, and feel brick Ophelia’s grief as she meets her watery end. Lady Macbeth in brick form brings new terror to “Out, out, damn spot!” and brick Romeo and Juliet are no less star-crossed for being rectangular and plastic. The warm familiarity of bricks lends levity to Shakespeare’s tragedies while remaining true to his original language.

The ideal book for Shakespeare enthusiasts, as well as a fun way to introduce children to Shakespeare’s masterpieces, this book employs Shakespeare’s original, characteristic language in abridged form. Though the language stays true to its origins, the unique format of these well-known tragedies will give readers a new way to enjoy one of the most popular playwrights in history.

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Incorrigible purists might grumble, but Brick Shakespeare provides a playful foundation for not only enthusiasts of the immortal playwright by also for hesitant learners who love LEGO. The idea of casting Hamlet's doubting Dane or Macbeth's scheming witches in toy bricks turns out to be more savvy than it first seems: Shakespeare's tragedies are sometimes more easily approached without layers and layers of cultural seriousness and historical minutiae. Welcome new dressing for antique fable classics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626363038
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/6/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 271,317
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John McCann likes listening to music and practicing his photography, and he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in three days flat. He has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Hartford and is currently pursuing his master’s. He is also the coauthor, with Monica Sweeney and Becky Thomas, of Brick Shakespeare: The Tragedies. He resides in Torrington, Connecticut.

Monica Sweeneyis a writer and editor who loves to make quick and easy sweet treats after a long work day, whether she's curling up with a book or binge-watching Netflix. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts

Becky Thomas enjoys crocheting, cross-stitch, and playing video games. She is also the coauthor, with John McCann and Monica Sweeney, of Brick Shakespeare: The Tragedies. She lives with her husband, Patrick, and their cats, Leo and Leia, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Moone

    XD. SO Moone

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    Posted September 2, 2014

    Candy

    Sanya, the matchmaker! Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    PTS

    Live it

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    Posted August 31, 2014

    Fury Wing

    May I be in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    LEGO The Five Golden Brick Temples: Chapter 8

    The group were sitting together. The only noises were the sounds of chattering teeth. Nobody/pony said anything. The sound of trotting hooves came from behind Flain. Everyone/pony looked around to find...<br>"CHANGELING!" Flain yelled, looking at a female blue Changeling with red eyes and tattered red insect-like wings. Oddly enough, on her flanks were images of a black shield with a white sword over it.<br>"Hey, I'm not like them! I'm Takaji, the sheriff of the Gallop Town Police Department."<br>Everyone/pony blinked, as if confused.<br>"What the Nightmare Moon is a Changeling doing as a cop? And why do you have a Cutie Mark?" Firework finally said.<br>"Well, I grew up here in Gallop Town ever since I hatched. My dad, Whirlpool the stallion, found me abandoned on the river when I was an egg. The town grew to trust me, and after a year or so of being a police pony, I became sheriff. I got my Cutie Mark when I defended a young filly from a rogue gryphon. So...here I am! But I do give a nasty shock to tourists," Takaji replied.<br>"Tell me about it," the Infernite heard Toxio mutter under her breath.<br>"Hey, can you guys meet at McHoofald's after you feel you're ready to go? I'm also meeting with a couple of other ponies."<br>After everyone/pony agreed to meet her there, Takaji began to trot off, but stopped when Flain asked, "Hey, can I borrow a lighter?"<br>She looked puzzled, but then shrugged. "I don't see why not." Takaji tossed the Mixel a green lighter, with which he reignited his head flame with.<br>"Thanks." Flain tossed it back to her, and she trotted off.<p>***<p>In the one-story building smelling of french fries. Photolupin stayed outside, as animals weren't allowed inside McHoofald's. At a large colorful table sat Takaji, along with Vynx, X, Zero, Moone, Dawn, PTS, and Art Book. As they approached the table, Moone suddenly looked at Flain fearfully. He didn't understand why, as she wasn't scared when she and Vynx rescued Flain and Seismo.<br>"Glad to see you came!" Takaji said.<br>Flain sat down next to the pale indigo pegasus. Immediately, she screamed, "GET AWAY FROM ME!"<br>"Why am I so scary to you!?" he shouted, throwing his arms up in the air. But then Flain noticed. Moone wasn't looking at him, she was looking at his FLAME.<br>[Pyrophobic,] he thought. To calm the terrified mare down, he moved to another seat.<br>"I think you know why the Changelings caused the landslide. Can you tell us?" inquired Takaji. Tora explained everything to the other party, starting from when Firework found un<_>conscious bodies to the landslide. Berry Jelly then explaned what happened before that.<br>"I see. I would like to help," she stated. The other ponies who weren't already helping find the other three Golden Brick Temples also wanted join. Moone did so as well, though reluctantly (as she was still afraid of Flain).<br>"Tornado Spin, Toxio, Swiral, and I are going to stay here for the day," said Sanya.<br>"What!?" exclaimed the two Serpentine.<br>"Okay. We'll see you later!" Takaji replied, and they left, leaving behind the MiniFigure, stallion, and humanoid snakes. Toxio and Swiral glared at Sanya with looks that said "I'm going to ki<_>ll you". She didn't care. It's about time that Romeo and Juliet got together.

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