Subtitle: A Graphic Novel
By: Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
Illustrated by: Jason Millet and Edu Rubio
Genre: YQE - Educational: English literature
Published by: Hachette Children's Books
Published: 13 Sep 2022
ISBN: 9781445180014


Shakespeare's Macbeth like you've never seen it - or read it - before! Classics in Graphics: Macbeth has been adapted by expert authors, Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow, and brought to life through the visual talents of illustrators Jason Millet and Edu Rubio. The tragic downfall reads like your favourite action film - as Macbeth's desperation becomes more and more deadly. Inclusion is at the heart of this series, flinging wide the doors of literature for everyone to enter and understand. Including dyslexia-friendly design on every page, and encouraging readers to see themselves in iconic roles - casting spells, falling in love and winning duels.

Each graphic novel includes pitch-perfect illustrations for presenting the tragic, the romantic, the comedic, the magical, as well as: - snappy simplified text presenting Shakespeare's themes clearly - introductory materials to help set the scene and context of each well-known story - heaps of extra material at the back to keep the learning and fun going, including an exploration of themes in the play, the language, Shakespeare's inspirations, the publication and performance of the play in history, a time line of Shakespeare's life and works, and much more!

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This is a wonderful, visual representation of Shakespeare’s classic play, Macbeth.

Believed to have been written around 1606, it is a story of murder, guilt, ambition and revenge, and although Shakespeare wrote so many different types of plays, Macbeth is a dark and ghostly story about the quest for power, at all costs.

This series will appeal to many students who may have felt intimidated by the works of Shakespeare. It has fantastic facts about the play, as well as about Shakespeare himself, and a timeline of his life, along with numerous other pieces of information.

Told in a visually appealing and easy to read format, there is certainly far more to this retelling of a classic than you might think.
It is a perfect read for all secondary students.

Reviewed by Sam