Wherefore? Here you will find no comparisons to summers days, or advice to be true to oneself. Ladies will not protest too much, or demand the departure of damned spots. We are quite content with our winter, thank you very much, and our kingdom has plenty of horses. The stage of this brave new world has no men or women, rose-scented or otherwise, to bid goodnight to each other until the ides of March, or at least 'til it be morrow.
So what kind of book can this be? That is the question.
Shakespeare's brilliance shines through, not just in his most famous lines, but in every line. The tiniest snippet of his work contains fantastic wordplay and depth of imagery. This book takes some of his less-known bits about various animals and pairs them with Laudea Martin's unique illustrations assembled from textured layers.
And, like all Shakespeare, each page will become easier to understand the more you read it. The brilliant words of Shakespeare are meant to be heard, not seen, so read the words aloud and listen to the rhythm. Read them again and again, and let your imagination fill in the details of the scene.
Each illustration was digitally constructed using layers of textured color. Some textures will be immediately recognizable, such as wood grain or leaves; others may be more difficult to discern, but all come together to create whimsical representations of just a few of the animals mentioned by Shakespeare.
This volume, Shakespeare's Zoo, includes: falcon, eel, baboon, robin, bee, lizard, cricket, dove, camel, bat, crocodile, owl, fish, calf, parrot, crab, urchin, unicorn, spider, cat, and fox.
Other books in the series:
Shakespeare's Menagerie includes: raven, butterfly, horse, frog, mole, fly, ape, swan, barnacle, snail, tiger, mouse, beetle, wren, sheep, whale, adder, eagle, elephant, chameleon, and stag.
Shakespeare's Complete Paragon includes: all of the above.
|Publisher:||Idle Winter Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.13(d)|
About the Author
Laudea (pronounced: LAH-dee-ah) has also long been a fan of all kinds of animals, and could spend hours simply watching them be. Each new line discovered while creating her illustrations deepens Laudea's understanding of the myriad ways in which animals move and live.
Laudea loves experimenting with new art techniques, and her favorite pieces of art are those that make you want to reach out and touch them. Though Laudea occupies most of her time creating art, thinking about art, or reading, she also takes some time to teach local students about both art and animals (often at the same time).
Laudea lives in Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Gail Wickman for Readers' Favorite Laudea Martin's picture book "Shakespeare's Zoo" illustrates lines from Shakespeare that mention specific animals. The illustrations are created by digitally layering colored textures. The camel, for example, appears to be made of burlap. The robin's back has a woodgrain look. Each page contains a heading giving the source of the quotation -- the work, the line and the character who said it and to whom. This book is a companion to "Shakespeare's Menagerie" and is included in the volume "Shakespeare’s Complete Paragon". The illustrations are lovely, and the use of the textured layers makes the viewer slow down and really look. Part of the fun, after all, is figuring out where the textures come from. The book also works well as a label book for small children; they will learn the names of the various animals and have their ear tuned to poetry at the same time. The pages don't carry a story arc, however, so older children may not find it as appealing. The headings on the pages cause a couple of problems too. Since they are typographically large, they scream that they are important, yet the information they give is really only useful to people who already know a lot about Shakespeare. There isn't enough information given to provide the context for readers who aren't familiar with the work. Additionally, there is one illustration from "The Rape of Lucrece". I'm not a prude, but I wouldn't want to have to explain "rape" to my four year old.