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Billy Shakespeare

Billy Shakespeare

by Cathy McGough
Billy Shakespeare

Billy Shakespeare

by Cathy McGough


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Billy Shakespeare wants to be an actor. Problem is, he's a mouse! But he knows all the lines for Hamlet and loves Shakespeare.

With the help of his best friend Jamie and his family, he hopes to make his dream come true.

Also includes information at the end about Shakespeare and his influence.


"Billy Shakespeare by Cathy McGough is the story of how a mouse can become an actor in a human theater. Three generations of the mouse family live under the theater, so Billy sneaks upstairs and watches the plays from under a seat. He likes Shakespeare's Hamlet so much that he has a Hamlet costume and a sword and has memorized the lines. Billy's friend Jamie is a human boy but can shrink himself to Billy's size and also watches from under the seat. Then the announcement that the performance is canceled because the main actor is sick causes Jamie to grow to full size. He hurries to tell the director about Billy. When the director asks where Billy is, Jamie shouts, "He's under the chair!" This is the beginning of Billy's career as an actor, but he is always friends with Jamie."I thoroughly enjoyed the picture book Billy Shakespeare by Cathy McGough. I loved the mixture of colorful illustrations and actual photos. I thought the mouse family was cute and I enjoyed getting to know the main character, Billy, who was a likable mouse. I especially liked the friendship between Billy and his human friend Jamie. It is nice to see a book meant for children that explains what the theater is like. I enjoyed the rhyming which I like to see in kids' books. I believe that children would enjoy this story about friendship, ambition, and realizing your dreams."

Check out Billie Shakespeare - the story of a girl mouse who wants to be an actress!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781990332326
Publisher: Cathy McGough (Stratford Living Publishing)
Publication date: 07/01/2022
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Cathy lives in writes in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, son, two cats and dog.

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