Julius Caesar (Graphic Classics Series)
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Julius Caesar (Graphic Classics Series)

by Michael Ford, Li Sidong
     
 

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Shakespeare's immortal drama is retold here in a graphic novel format. Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, is brutally assassinated, but soon the conspirators Brutus, Marc Antony, and Cassius turn against one another to spark a civil war. Barron's popular and growing series of Graphic Classics titles introduce many of the world's literary masterpieces to

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Shakespeare's immortal drama is retold here in a graphic novel format. Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, is brutally assassinated, but soon the conspirators Brutus, Marc Antony, and Cassius turn against one another to spark a civil war. Barron's popular and growing series of Graphic Classics titles introduce many of the world's literary masterpieces to young readers. Elementary and secondary school teachers will value these books as a way to make great novels and plays accessible to their students—especially to those students who resist reading. Presented in graphic novel format, each title tells an absorbing, fast-paced story dramatized with high-quality color illustrations. After delving into any of these stimulating titles, many boys and girls will feel encouraged to discover the joy of reading the masterworks in their original form. Each Graphic Classics title includes a thumbnail biography of the author, a list of his or her important works, a timeline of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. Graphic Classics titles are available in both paperback and hardcover editions.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This full-color adaptation makes Shakespeare's tragedy accessible for middle grade readers. Each spread is headlined with a descriptive phrase. Panels consist of brief snippets of original text in speech balloons, accompanied by a box summarizing the dialogue and action. Unfamiliar words are defined in footnotes. Color effectively signals changes in time of day, with warm sepia hues for daylight scenes and gray tones for night settings. Shading also becomes more subdued as the mood darkens. The artist's use of red is especially compelling. At the drama's onset, red only appears on Caesar's toga. However as the story progresses, readers see blood on the hands of the conspirators, then Mark Antony dramatically carrying Caesar's body. Red becomes increasingly pervasive in the battlefield scenes, with bright crimson flames licking the air and soldiers arrayed in red-plumed helmets and scarlet capes. At times this adaptation is difficult to read, as the text boxes are often a rephrasing of the dialogue balloons. Readers may feel as if the same information is presented twice in each panel. In addition to information on Shakespeare and his plays, back matter includes historical information on Julius Caesar, ancient Rome, and ancient writers.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764140105
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/27/2009
Series:
Graphic Classics
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 16 Years

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