Review Blog

Jun 17 2016

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, rewritten by Terry Deary

cover image

Shakespeare Tales series. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781472917805
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Shakespeare, Macbeth, Elizabethan times. In this lively series, a character is introduced who becomes a narrator presenting the play within the confines of that person's life and times. With Macbeth we meet potgirl, Mary as she cleans up the blood on the stage after another performance of Macbeth. She tells us about the pig's blood used for the killing scenes, and between her talk about her life and work, the author presents the play.
Mary is a sympathetic character, a young girl taken into the harsh service of a tavern owner, a person who treats her badly, yelling at her in front of customers, beating her when she does things wrong, and paying her very little. She must take the jug of ale around to the customers while they stand in the yard watching the play, and she learns the play well. She talks to some of the actors, showing the reader how these men exist going form town to town, and she meets William Shakespeare. After one particularly nasty scolding from her employer she hides in one of the stage baskets and gets away, joining the troupe.
All the while the play is going on, and we read a summary of the plot and characters in text designed for the younger reader. The story is well written for a younger audience and the series will add to the growing interest in Shakespeare's plays for this audience. At the end of each book is given several pages of lively information about the play.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates