VOYAThese two new Voices in Poetry series entries, William Shakespeare and Maya Angelou, are a stunning treat for the eye. The first, William Shakespeare, is an appealing mix of biography and poetry that beckons the reader with well-chosen illustrations and gorgeous photographs from Swiss photographer Marcel Imsand. Interspersed with the biography of Shakespeare are appropriate selections from his plays and poetry. Also included are explanations about the life and history of the period and some of his famous contemporaries. Kirkpatrick's Maya Angelou is equally attractive, also melding biography and poetry with memorable visual images. Artist John Thompson creates evocative illustrations for the excerpts of Angelou's writing that capture the heart of each piece. Also included are photographs both of Angelou and of the dramatic time in which she has lived. The sheer beauty of these books will lure browsers, and the succinct and interesting writing will prove useful to the report writer. The selections from the writings are excellent choices and in combination with the outstanding illustrations will surely create new admirers of these two literary giants. These two series titles join books on Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, and E. E. Cummings, among others. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Creative Education, 48p.; Illus. Photos., Ages 11 to 18.