The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart.Read more...
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The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in "The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth."
Ian Lendler's hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo ("Broxo," "Ewoks"). And with "Romeo and Juliet "coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.
- ISBN-13: 9781596439153
- ISBN-10: 1596439157
- Publisher: First Second
- Publish Date: September 2014
- Page Count: 80
- Reading Level: Ages 7-10
Series: Stratford Zoo
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-04
- Reviewer: Staff
One sign of promise is when an idea seems so obvious that it’s a wonder it hasn’t done before. A midnight zoo production of Macbeth, by animals for animals? Of course! The role of Macbeth goes to the lion, which means that he doesn’t slay his enemies—he eats them. First to go is the king. Uh-oh—small animals are in the audience, and the action promises to be bloody. Fortunately, an elephant picks this moment to ease down the row, blocking much of the gore. “Mom, what’s all that red stuff?” asks a young monkey. “Uhhh... nothing, dear. Probably just ketchup.” (She isn’t wrong.) Lendler (An Undone Fairy Tale) provides the wordplay and one-liners, Giallongo (Broxo) the rubber-faced expressions and over-the-top silliness (when Macbeth sees a sign that he should go ahead and eat the king, it’s a neon diner sign that shouts, “Good Eats”). Like any fine comic idea, once the structure is put into place, the laughs come effortlessly. This is the Bard at his broadest. Ages 7–10. Author’s agent: Tanya McKinnon, McKinnon McIntyre. Illustrator’s agent: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders and Associates. (Sept.)