Monday, February 25, 2019

It's A Giveaway, It's a Pop-Up, It's Shakespeare!

No problem here, just a taste of this fabulous giveaway/Shakespeare/pop-up!
             Thanks to Candlewick Press, I've have the pleasure of a giveaway, offering this pop-up book created by veteran pop-up artist, Mennie Maizell to TWO lucky winners. 

Written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, two members of The Reduced Shakespeare Company,  (a troupe that specializes in first condensing and then performing works of literature and film), it's a pop-up that includes an enticing overview of Shakespeare’s work and times. There are five double-page spreads illustrated by veteran pop-up book designer Jennie Maizels and including numerous lift the flaps. The first spread introduces the world of Shakespeare. It is thought that he may have been an apprentice to his father, a glove-maker and written rhymes to be put into the gloves. One small rhyme was discovered in a pair for a man named Aspinall. "The gift is small./The will is all./Alexander Aspinall." Small facts like this are spread among the flaps and art, along with the pages for the plays and poetry described below.

The bulk of the work is contained in the next four spreads which present summaries and comments about all of Shakespeare’s plays, divided into four categories: comedies, histories, romances, and tragedies. It is humorous, even on the tragedy pages, and accurate. To include all the information, one must turn these pages around. You can see an example below. I'm sure it will be terrific for upper elementary and middle school classrooms for a beginning study of Shakespeare. 

the front

the back

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 139–143

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  1. How marvelous is this!! Thanks for the post--and the chance to win!

  2. Favorite?! Oh my. It's been WAY too long since I've read Shakespeare. I guess I'd say Hamlet. Although I was enthralled with Romeo and Juliet for a while (and Julius Ceasar and...). I just love this pop-up idea and can't wait to see it for myself! And as a college English professor, I know hubby would enjoy it, too. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy for myself! <3

  3. Twelfth Night ever since I saw it performed when I was in high school.

  4. Oh, this looks like a fun and informative book! Must count Romeo and Juliet as a favorite, since I loved it in high school and much later saw a performance of it in DC with an all male cast. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. During some years at my school, the marvelous drama director staged great plays with the middle schoolers, yes, middle school. And every few years, Shakespeare. The kids adored it & did Romeo and Juliet along with A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It. I'd love to see that All Male Cast, wow! Thanks, Jama, & good luck!

  5. I absolutely adore Much Ado About Nothing. Twelfth Night is also pretty fantastic.

    1. It's hard to choose, isn't it? I like both, too. Good luck, Crystal!

  6. Tried to comment last night...but it isn't here still.
    We read lots of Shakespeare in high school, and I liked most all. Loved "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
    When teaching first grade, I had an Author's Tea at the end of the year, when the students read their favorite piece of writing to the parent audience. Each student wore a t-shirt with a picture of Shakespeare that they had drawn in ink on it. Loved those shirts with the variety of Shakespeare renditions!

    1. What a wonderful story, Donna. I'd love to have seen those sweet first graders! Good luck!


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