Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pop-Up Shakespeare: Every Play and Poem in Pop-up 3-D by The Reduced Shakespeare Co., Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, illustrated by Jennie Maizels [Review & Giveaway]

Hardcover ~ ISBN: 9780763698744
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My thoughts:  Usually students don't begin their journey into the works of William Shakespeare until their high school years. Occasionally a little before. So the entrance into children's genre of picture books - especially pop-up books - is quite different.

True the young readers (middle elementary upwards) won't grasp the nuances of the works until they are older, but much can be gleaned from his writings and that gleaning can plant seeds to further explore and comprehend these literary gems as they mature in their reading.

Uniquely designed with front and back sided pop up the author and designer are able to include the complete works - yes, complete works. But before the actual parade of Reduced Shakespeare Company's works enters the stage, there are nuggets of information about William Shakespeare's earlier life, his family, his home. All this is told with a bit of "tongue in cheek" fun. So it is great fun to learn with these short bits of information about each play and work and it is done in such an eye-catching enjoyable way. This concise presentation is great for those beginning to learn about these classics or for a bit of memory refreshing for those beyond childhood.

Readers should keep in mind that this is a condensed or "high spot" book that will appeal to children up to about age 12. It is not meant for those who wish to savor the minute nuggets of Shakespearean wit and skill. This is a fun and entertaining way to introduce the children to the vast assortment of plays and works by Shakespeare and even perhaps begin to learn a bit of the history of the period during which they were written.

This fun book will be perfect preparation for Talk Like Shakespeare Day  on April 23.

Histories Plays are shown on this 2-page spread and the flip side of the page shows more.
Almost every spotlight of information is a lift-the-flap treasure!

This is the flip side of the Histories 2-Page spread.
Quotable Quotes are spotlighted.

About the book: Learn about all of Shakespeare's plays in one book!

Read about William Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, and poems as you never have before in an entertaining pop-up book collaboration between the internationally known comedy troupe the Reduced Shakespeare Company and best-selling illustrator Jennie Maizels. Featuring five interactive spreads filled with dramatic pop-ups, fun foldouts, hilarious summaries, and fascinating commentaries, this is the perfect introduction to one of the world’s greatest playwrights and his enduring works.


  • All that glitters is not gold
  • The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
  • To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
  • Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  • This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone, and are freely given. Winners' copies are provided and mailed directly to the winner by Candlewick Press.


  1. "One other you would like to have." "Home" by Carson Ellis looks cool!

  2. I would like to have A New Home by author/illustrator: Tania de Regi.

  3. We'd like to have Weslandia by Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes.

  4. I would like to have Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince.

  5. I love Home by Carson Ellis and should probably buy my own copy.

  6. I would love to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Puzzle Adventure. It looks nice.
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  7. I would like to have Let Me Sleep, Sheep.

  8. I'd like to have
    Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

  9. I would also like to have Where The Heart Is. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. I'd also like to read " Starworld" by Paula Garner; Audrey Coulthurst

  11. I think another book I would like to have is Home by artist Carson Ellis.


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