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Combining manga and the timeless texts of Shakespeare?s plays, this series translates some of the greatest works of literature into a new format. In King Lear, the aging king?here a Native American?must decide how to split his kingdom among his daughters. When he scorns his one dutiful daughter and trusts the two selfish ones, he pays a steep price.
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Combining manga and the timeless texts of Shakespeare’s plays, this series translates some of the greatest works of literature into a new format. In King Lear, the aging king—here a Native American—must decide how to split his kingdom among his daughters. When he scorns his one dutiful daughter and trusts the two selfish ones, he pays a steep price.
F&P level: Z
Each book opens with a list of characters and a description of the setting. Background information, a short synopsis, famous phrases from the play, and a biographical sketch of Shakespeare are also included. Described as titles for reluctant readers, each slim volume is written in large-sized font and includes full-color illustrations covering between two to five panels per age. All dialogue has been extracted from the original play, which exposes readers to Shakespearean language. Explanatory text boxes judiciously placed throughout the panels enhance readers' understanding of characters, actions, and events. With substantial front and back matter, these adaptations seem best suited for instructional purposes. Additional explanation, discussion, and further reading may be required if young readers are to understand the Shakespearean phrases and interlocking plots as well as the subject matter of these plays: madness, human suffering, suicide, revenge, and murder. However, the books will serve as introductions to the Bard for older, reluctant readers. Dunn's illustrations for Hamlet and King Lear were done in a straightforward style and have rich, dramatic colors. Espinosa's use of a limited color palette for A Midsummer Night's Dream suits the moonlight setting. This adaptation's inclusion of Puck's rhyming introduction to the characters is a delightful addition.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Posted February 7, 2011
Just FYI, the School Library Journal review emphasizes what I would consider minor features of the King Lear I have in hand. The full-color illustrations occur only in the first few pages-- after the main characters are introduced, the illustrations are in black and white. "Famous phrases from the play" are featured only in those first pages, one quote from each character. I don't see any text boxes helping to explain characters, actions or events. There is a one-page plot summary and a one-page "brief life" of Shakespeare.
This adaptation should appeal initially to younger or reluctant readers, as it is action-packed, but they may nonetheless be daunted by Shakespeare's language" "You should be ruled by some discretion that discerns your state better than yourself."
Posted October 8, 2009
This Manga Graphic Novel of king lear really makes reading the works of William Shakespeare easy fun and enjoyableWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.