A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare, Author, Bruce Coville, Author, Dennis Nolan, Illustrator
William Shakespeare, Author, Bruce Coville, Author, Dennis Nolan, Illustrator Dial Books $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-8037-1784-8
Reviewed on: 10/02/1996
Release date: 10/01/1996
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Coville follows up his version of The Tempest (see p. 84) with a retelling of another of Shakespeare's most popular plays. The fundamental story of magic, mischief and the trials and tribulations of love is preserved through well-chosen use of the original language and Coville's heady prose (""The queen... saw the ass-headed monstrosity through magic-drenched eyes""). Major plot lines are clearly and concisely rendered, but it is the portrayal of the various levels of humor-from Bottom's buffoonery to Puck's gleeful magic-making-that really captures the essence of the play. Nolan's (Dinosaur Dream) sumptuous, painterly watercolors highlight the theatrical setting of the spellbound wood. Gnarled, mossy trees provide the backdrop for a cast of unusually youthful lovers, gossamer-winged fairies (which nod at Rackham's famous interpretations) and a truly puckish Puck. A first-rate entree to the Bard. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
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