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Manga Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream Paperback – June 1, 2008
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Grade 7 Up–Shakespeare's classic play is retold with a significant effort by the publisher to preserve the language and tone of the original. And it's a successful effort; the dialogue remains mostly intact and Brown's clever layouts do a good job of both staging the action and providing a well-paced breakdown of the Shakespearean English, so that new or young readers will be better able to comprehend the sometimes-arcane language. However, Brown has a curious tendency to have the flow of word balloons drift from right to left. With this OEL adaptation paging from left to right, this occasionally makes the pages mildly confusing to read. An additional distraction is the decision to have the play set in an alternate world where people dress in Roman robes over mod-style shirts and trousers, and where futuristic telecoms exist alongside antique swords. And while the figure work may not be everyone's cup of tea–the boys are cute in a yaoi sort of way, while the girls have a wide-eyed awkwardness, and noses disappear and reappear continually–the storytelling and layouts show a high level of craft and succeed in portraying much of the humor of the play.–Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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This was a fun read and is full of mystical fairies that just for the fun of it create strange love triangles among a group of teenagers. The mischievous fairies make a powerful love potion which creates chaos among the love interests of Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. The fully illustrated 207 page soft cover book makes the story come alive. This is one of my favorite Shakespeare’s plays.
I never like to give away too much information when reviewing any novel. Even if you have never read or seen any of Shakespeare’s plays this graphic novel is a good place to start enjoying the ancient master of poetry and prose, William Shakespeare.
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