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A graphic novel adaptation. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of Shakespeare's most original and eloquent plays, brilliantly interweaving four contrasting groups of characters to present a many-sided view of love in all its aspects: its joys and sadness, its idealism and selfishness, its physical and spiritual elements. This performing edition was prepared for Propellor,A graphic novel adaptation. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of Shakespeare's most original and eloquent plays, brilliantly interweaving four contrasting groups of characters to present a many-sided view of love in all its aspects: its joys and sadness, its idealism and selfishness, its physical and spiritual elements. This performing edition was prepared for Propellor, an all-male company of twelve actors, at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in 2003....

Title : William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
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ISBN : 9781434234490
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 88 Pages
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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews

  • Jenan
    2018-11-15 23:29

    Lovely art. Nice story, though I didn't find it that funny. Maybe reading the original will be more funny. Definitely will read the original.

  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    2018-11-15 19:53

    I absolutely picked this graphic novel up on a whim while shelving books one day. I'm a huge fan of A Midsummer Night's Dream (it's probably my favorite Shakespeare play) so I thought it'd be fun to read it in comic format.This book was shelved for middle grade readers but based on the illustrations and reading level of the text, I'd place it more in young adult. It keeps to the original tale fairly well in terms of plot points but I think it lacked the same humor the play has, and the reason I enjoy it so much. There are a handful of lines from the play included in this re-telling though not enough for my tastes.If you wanted to get an idea of what happens in A Midsummer Night's Dream, this would be a good resource. The images are vivid though not as fitting for the nature of the play, for me at least, but they would be good for students who want to gain a basic understanding of the major points. But I wouldn't go to this graphic novel for a representation of Shakespeare's work in terms of "accuracy" (well, as accurate as a comic re-telling of a play can be).It's a short read and if you are looking to learn about the plot of the play, it's a quick way to do so (thing the Cliffnotes version with pictures). For fans of the original A Midsummer Night's Dream, you're likely to be disappointed as this graphic novel just didn't capture the magic and humor.

  • Jade Crowell
    2018-12-12 01:39

    I feel that this book wasn't very good. While I did enjoy that the book wasn't really written in old English, I feel the presentation was sloppy. The parts were all too short and the information told was mediocre. Not a fan of this book.

  • Dayna Smith
    2018-11-28 02:32

    A wonderful introduction to Shakespeare's classic play. This graphic novel is beautifully drawn and well written; it is easy to read and faithful to the original. This would be a great way to introduce young readers to Shakespeare.

  • Amanda at Nerdification Reviews
    2018-11-20 23:45

    This graphic novel retelling was good, but overall it felt sterile. I know that it was produced and marketed with children in mind, but I don't see how that could have limited it from being more "Shakespeare-esq". Much of the humor was not captured, instead the story just moved through the plot points. The illustration was high on style, but low on whimsy, and that felt off to me for this particular story. Oddly enough, the art style was very reminiscent of Disney's Hercules, a movie with a style which I love, just not so much for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

  • Ayu Adisty
    2018-11-19 23:48

    I've always wanted to read Shakespeare's work, especially Macbeth (honestly, because they said the play of Macbeth was cursed). But I never thought that Shakespeare has a light and fun story. I laugh while reading it, and the artwork is cool ^^

  • Shirley
    2018-11-13 01:40

    It's inspired me to read the original! Loved the Shakespearean quotes at the beginning of each act ... "If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber'd here while these visions did appear." ~W.S.

  • Hazel
    2018-11-14 02:39

    reallly liked this take on a classic the art work was lovely :)

  • Sheyamii
    2018-11-16 22:36

    So,basically .. It’s Shakespeare ❤️But it’s modernistic.. not like the original one of-course !

  • Quinesia Johnson
    2018-11-17 21:46

    nice graphics, but it seemed super edited. fun to read nevertheless. maybe they could have added more of the favorite lines.

  • Audriana Jones
    2018-11-20 03:47

    This was a beautiful interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, I would have liked it to go a bit more in depth; maybe a bit longer even.

  • Magnus Bane
    2018-11-24 21:44

    fast read and a new spin on an old story but nothing new

  • Crizzle
    2018-11-30 20:43

    Shakespeare is now in graphic novel form! This was a read aloud with Moo today. She had some good laughs from it. Her first Shakespearience! 😄

  • Laura
    2018-11-13 22:40

    This was one of the plays that I think I read in High School but I can’t remember it at all. I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually read it anyway. I never read what they told me to. So having a graphic novel edition was a nice way to ease into it. I believe I enjoyed this a lot more than if I would have just read the play itself.This is obviously a graphic novel edition of Shakespeare’s famous play. This is pretty much a play about 4 young adults. A girl named Hermia is set to marry a man named Demetrius but is in love with another man named Lysander. Another lady named Helena is in love with Demetrius but he hates her. With a bit of accidental magic the young men’s feeling for each of the girl’s changes and leads to a rather large fiasco! Also, a man named Bottom ends up with a donkey’s head.This is an anime style graphic novel. It was really easy to follow the story although I do think some things were left out. I saw someone compare this to a Cliff’s Notes version and I would agree with that. If you aren’t the biggest fan of Shakespeare, then I would recommend giving this version a try!

  • Ariel Caldwell
    2018-11-23 20:43

    I love the original, full-length live version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and since I'm currently impaired and reading a lot of graphic novels, I figured why not? Is this useful for someone who's trying to get the hang of the play, perhaps for school? Overall, this version does a decent job of laying out the most basic premises: two couples, love gone awry, magic/fairies, the spat between Oberon and Titania, the play within a play and how/why Bottom turns into a donkey... I appreciated the full-colour art, but couldn't help noticing that everyone was very white and twiggy. The story is framed neatly and in an orderly fashion and would be useful for readers who just do not understand what the heck is going on in that play. However, this graphic novel version of A Midsummer Night's Dream does truly lose the spark of the original, and in my opinion, its magic.

  • Katerina
    2018-11-19 00:23

    I just LOVED this. My friend and I both bought copies when we found it in our favorite bookstore. At the time, we were in a production of AMND, and we were like, "We MUST buy this!"It's a great summary of the play, with lovely graphics. (One thing I found interesting was that the drawings of Hermia and Helena looked a bit like a different girl and I, and we were playing those characters. Also, Demetrius and Lysander looked and awful lot like the boys who played them. And the drawing of Bottom (as a human, not a donkey) looked like the boy who played him. Weird!)

  • Kate
    2018-12-11 21:52

    Lovely images used for this manga/graphic novel version of the Bard's play. I only wish they had kept more of the original dialogue rather than small sprinklings of it. They could have done what No Fear Shakespeare does and had an index or secondary page with more translations of the verses. For children, I do think it's a good introduction since it is simplified, and to the point of the matters. But I would have preferred more of the traditional words. I miss the part of the ladies' spat with the "painted maypole" line that is now taken out.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-20 00:32

    This graphic novel version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy of errors is filled with lots of silliness as several characters find themselves behaving in surprising ways and developing crushes on the most unlikely of individuals. Readers unfamiliar with the original play may be a bit lost, but the humorous absurdity of love in all sorts of forms fills the book's pages, reminding readers of how foolish love can make us all. While I would never choose this offering over the great bard's work since so much has been left out, it still provides a gentle, accessible introduction to his work.

  • RoLong
    2018-11-14 21:43

    I have never read an y Shakespeare so this was my first. At first I didn't think I'd finish because I've extremely picky and hardheaded when I don't like the message of a story but I finished it and it was okay. I liked and and disliked it. I'd like to read more of Shakespeare and I think that's all that matters really.

  • Amanda Lee
    2018-12-10 20:33

    I thought this was a good retelling of A Midsummer's Night Dream. I liked how they used original language when they could but simplified the old English and shortened it to make it more readable. Of course the graphic novel format makes it more accessible as well. I enjoyed the pictures and thought it was drawn well.

  • Lindy
    2018-11-21 20:31

    Adolescent # 8 - A retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" told in graphic novel form. The illustrations remind me of Japanese anime. This would be an awesome way to introduce Shakespeare to a class. I would definitely read this with a class before reading the actual Shakespeare work. It gives an idea of the plot and is helpful in keeping all the characters straight.

  • Jared
    2018-12-01 02:45

    A fun -- and clear -- graphic retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The art is beautiful. The prose is clear and simple; not as beautiful as Shakespeare, but a lot more suitable for a young adult to understand.

  • Nay Denise
    2018-12-11 21:32

    I've always been a fan of A Midsummer Night's Dream so this graphic novel just added to my love of it. The artwork is stunning. They should at this to school curriculum for middle school and even high school. It makes fun and easier to read.

  • Nicola
    2018-11-29 22:39

    Simplified re-telling of the play in an approachable graphic novel format for children. Liked that it had a couple of informative pages at the back: history of the play; about Shakespeare; explanation of popular quotes from the play.

  • Jess
    2018-11-12 02:45

    While not a bad water down version of a Shakespeare classic (and my favorite), I felt they could have done better with the little iambic pentameter by putting a little more in. I did like the illustrations they showed good emotion and the background information at the end.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-30 03:37

    A good precursor to our "A Midsummer Night's Dream" unit.

  • Christine Gundlach
    2018-12-02 23:53

    Nice drawings, but it only shows the plot, not all the details and other things that make the story great.

  • Jayna
    2018-12-08 01:45

    A great way to introduce the story to my kids. The art is brightly colored.

  • Sorya Sarwary
    2018-12-07 01:37

    well this book was so grate. In this book the author wrote about two lovers who can do anything to earn their love and to be together.

  • Jenn
    2018-12-05 20:32

    Nice graphics and great option for students!