Gr 5-9-These slim volumes offer objective introductions to the lives and literature of two well-known writers. The appealing formats and brief, informative texts feature one- to two-page, chronologically arranged "chapters," each detailing an important period in the featured figure's life. Alternating with these informational pages are examples of poetry and excerpts from Shakespeare's plays and Angelou's autobiographical writings. In Shakespeare, the text is accompanied by portraits, engravings, title pages, and large tinted photographs of roses by noted Swiss photographer Imsand. Angelou is illustrated with Thompson's finely executed realistic drawings and paintings, most of them in oil pastel; sepia-toned historical photos; and black-and-white photographs. The clearly presented message in each of these books shows that Shakespeare and Angelou have much in common. Although neither acquired a college education, both had the desire and self-assurance to pursue their creative talents. More detailed information about these two poets can be found in Sarah E. King's Maya Angelou: Greeting the Morning (Millbrook, 1994), Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema's Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare (Morrow, 1992), and Peter Chrisp's Shakespeare (DK, 2002).-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.