The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

Overview

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

Ian Lendler's hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, ...

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Overview

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

Ian Lendler's hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/04/2014
One sign of promise is when an idea seems so obvious that it’s a wonder it hasn’t done before. A midnight zoo production of Macbeth, by animals for animals? Of course! The role of Macbeth goes to the lion, which means that he doesn’t slay his enemies—he eats them. First to go is the king. Uh-oh—small animals are in the audience, and the action promises to be bloody. Fortunately, an elephant picks this moment to ease down the row, blocking much of the gore. “Mom, what’s all that red stuff?” asks a young monkey. “Uhhh... nothing, dear. Probably just ketchup.” (She isn’t wrong.) Lendler (An Undone Fairy Tale) provides the wordplay and one-liners, Giallongo (Broxo) the rubber-faced expressions and over-the-top silliness (when Macbeth sees a sign that he should go ahead and eat the king, it’s a neon diner sign that shouts, “Good Eats”). Like any fine comic idea, once the structure is put into place, the laughs come effortlessly. This is the Bard at his broadest. Ages 7–10. Author’s agent: Tanya McKinnon, McKinnon McIntyre. Illustrator’s agent: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders and Associates. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
*"As the zookeeper locks the gates to the Stratford Zoo, the animals are just beginning to set up for their evening performance of Macbeth . . .  Those too young to appreciate the original play will certainly grasp this cleverly anthropomorphized, lushly envisioned graphic romp." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626721012
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

When Ian Lendler was younger, he really enjoyed acting in the theater. He was, however, extremely terrible at it. So he became a writer of children's books (An Undone Fairy Tale and Saturday) and non-fiction. But in order to support his family, he took a day job de-worming animals at the Stratford-on-Avon Zoo. He immediately recognized the talents of the troupe and began working with them on diction, dialect, and not eating the audience. When not working with his talented cast and crew, Ian sells lemonade on the sidewalk and plays the ukulele in San Rafael, CA.

Zack Giallongo is a professional cartoonist, cheese enthusiast, and amateur banjo-ist. Raised in the Northeast, he has a deep and instinctual love of apples, Fall, ancient gravestones, and old, crooked buildings. Although he loves all creatures great and small, his stint as an Illustration major at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth sent him down the path of comic craftsmanship rather than being a ranger or a zookeeper. His first solo graphic novel, Broxo is about teenage barbarians and was published in 2012. It hit #4 on the NYT Bestsellers list.

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth is their most recent graphic novel.

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