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A collection of six of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, beautifully presented in a clothbound gift edition. Includes Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest as well as a short biography of the bard himself, all beautifully retold and illustrated for children growing in reading confidence. Features story summaries, character lists and internet links to websites where children can listen to extracts from the plays and find out more about William Shakespeare.

Book information

Key Stage
Clothbound hardback
ISBN: 9781409554653
Extent: 416 pages
Dimensions: 220 x 170mm

Press reviews

“Includes simple retellings of six of the play and also provides useful background material about Shakespeare’s life and the history of the time.”
“This is another super book in the Usborne Illustrated Stories series... a marvellous introduction to Shakespeare. Each play is introduced with a summary (and pictures) of the characters, so they can be followed throughout the story. Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Tempest, Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet are included. The use of extracts from the original work gives children a feel for Shakespeare's language without being daunting. A great book for every child's collection.”
“With their usual creative flair and beautiful pictures, Usborne have recently published Illustrated Shakespeare which includes retellings of Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest as well as a short biography of the Bard himself – the perfect way to open up Key Stage 2 children to his wonderful plays.”
“Even though all of the plays are written so that young readers can understand them, some of the more famous lines from Shakespeare's works can still be found. I am thoroughly impressed!”
“A sumptuous publication, illustrated in full colour on every page, with pictures of the characters set at the beginning of each story. The prose is accessible, and the stories race along.”


For links to specially selected websites with video clips and activities or a pronunciation guide for this book, visit the Usborne Quicklinks website.