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Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories: Macbeth

Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories


No. of pages 80

Great for age 7-11 years

Is this a dagger which I see before me...?

A power-hungry general, his crazed wife, three interfering witches and some terrifying ghosts... Read on, through murder and mayhem, to discover the gripping story of Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies.

Contains information about the background to Macbeth, its major themes, language, and Shakespeare's life during the time he was writing the play. Witches and witchcraft in 16th century England are also examined, to give the context in which the play was written.

The Short, Sharp Shakespeare series consists of six books that retell Shakespeare's most famous plays in modern English. Clever illustrations accompany each title, making them a great introduction to the Bard for children aged 9 and above.


This book is part of a book series called Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories .

There are 80 pages in this book. This book was published 2015 by Hachette Children's Group .

Tom Morgan-Jones is an award winning illustrator whose work has appeared everywhere from children's books to buses and milk cartons to magazines. He has a sideline in satirical board games, and his work in this area is held in major collections including the V&A, Bodleian Library and GOMA, and has been exhibited in the Berlin Academy of Arts. Anna Claybourne has been a writer and editor of children's non-fiction for over eight years.

This book contains the following stories:

Macbeth is the bravest general in Scotland, and a loyal servant to King Duncan. But then three witches plant the seed of criminal ambition by suggesting that one day he could be king himself. Mad with ambition, and spurred on by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth sets out on a killing spree of former friends and rivals as part of a bloody path to power, until a final confrontation when he realizes too late that the witches have deceived him.

One dark night, Hamlet, prince of Denmark, sees a ghost. It is his dead father, who claims he was murdered by Claudius, the new king. But did Hamlet really see a ghost, or did he just imagine it? And if he did see a ghost, was it telling him the truth? Hamlet plans to avenge his father by killing Claudius. But the man he stabs isn't Claudius, as he thinks, but his girlfriend's father. So the wrong man dies. So much tragedy, but there is more to come as Hamlet's apparent insanity soon begins to wreak havoc on innocent and guilty alike.

This book is in the following series:

Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories

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