Puffin Graphics: Macbeth

Puffin Graphics: Macbeth

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The Graphic Novelization of a Classic Tale!

Shakespeare’s classic play of deception, intrigue, and murder is reinvented in the Japanese manga style. Set on a vast ringworld encircling a sun, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, scheme and plot their way to power, only to be undone by their own deadly plans. Artist Tony Tamai’s unique vision and style

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The Graphic Novelization of a Classic Tale!

Shakespeare’s classic play of deception, intrigue, and murder is reinvented in the Japanese manga style. Set on a vast ringworld encircling a sun, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, scheme and plot their way to power, only to be undone by their own deadly plans. Artist Tony Tamai’s unique vision and style breathe new life into a captivating classic.

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VOYA
William Shakespeare's Macbeth takes a nontraditional interpretation, remembering that Shakespeare's stories have been transplanted to a variety of settings both on stage and screen. This Macbeth takes place in "stardate 1040" with a trio of robot witches and mecha monsters or fantasy creatures. At times, the frames are so crowded with detail that following the story would be difficult for readers not already familiar with the story. The feel of true Shakespearean dialogue is intact but with enough "modernization" to allow most readers comprehension of the events. Fans of gritty science fiction action and plot lines will appreciate this graphic novel. Each book in the Puffin Graphics series contains a "Making of" section at the end that includes discussion or visuals from the creators, such as concept drawings or inspirational musings about the writing or drawing process used. Also, a one-page "About the Classic Author" summary provides concise biographical and literary points that help readers understand the historical importance of these authors. Overall, black-and-white illustrations with good detail along with fair adaptation into dialogue keep the stories moving. This series can be a good addition to existing graphic novel collections where broadening of classic, literary stories is warranted, especially where the Graphic Classics series is popular. It might be the perfect way to get teen readers more interested in reading traditional classic tales by using these more visually appealing and abridged versions. Others entries include versions of Treasure Island, The Call of the Wild, Dracula, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects;Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Puffin Graphics/Penguin Putnam, 176p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Karen Sykeny
KLIATT
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's nastier tragedies. Macbeth murders his liege in his sleep in order to become king, and then enacts a series of bloody deeds that culminate in his own violent death. This graphic novel is set on another planet, "a combination of the settings of Larry Niven's Ringworld and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels." Unfortunately, there are places where the SF setting simply does not work. The characters live in Scotland (the planet, maybe?); refer to the dragons they ride as horses; and--despite possessing advanced technology--live in castles under a form of medieval feudalism. There are other issues: when the three witches hail Macbeth for the first time, the line "Hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" is not in the text. Since this is one of the most important lines in the play, its omission is regrettable. The artwork is sketchy, and at times looks like it was done with a computer (some characters/images are obviously cut and pasted onto a setting). This version of Macbeth certainly has its flaws. However, the graphic novel's exotic setting may attract readers who would otherwise skip the play. Macbeth contains violence, and is an optional purchase for libraries with graphic novel collections. KLIATT Codes: JSA--Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Penguin, Puffin Graphics, 176p. illus., Ages 12 to adult.
—George Galuschak

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142404096
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Series:
Puffin Graphic Classic
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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