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***William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

retold by Bruce Coville

illustrated by Tim Raglin

Reviewed June 30, 2003.
Dial Books, New York, 2003.  40 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J822.33 COV).

I’m the sort of person who has always meant to read or watch Shakespeare plays, but rarely get around to it.  After my son was in “The Taming of the Shrew for Young People” last year, our whole family has been interested in Shakespeare.

This retelling by Bruce Coville is a wonderful introduction to the Shakespeare play.  I think that even for an adult, it’s a nice idea to read this book before reading or watching the play.  (I think we have a video of this play at the library, so I may watch that next.)  This is a comedy in which all sorts of people disguise themselves as somebody else or are mistaken for somebody else, and I must admit that the pictures do help to keep them all straight.

The story is told well to give the essence of the intricate plot.  Now the reader is ready for Shakespeare!

Reviews of other books by Bruce Coville:

William Shakespeare's Hamlet
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
The Monsters of Morley Manor

Moongobble and Me: The Dragon of Doom

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