A wonderfully creative retelling of Shakespeare's famous tale of revenge. When Hamlet's father unexpectedly dies and his mother quickly remarries his uncle, something doesn't feel right. A warning from a ghost sets in motion a terrifying investigation to uncover the truth. But at what cost?
Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books.
Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage
Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage
This book is part of a book series called Collins Big Cat .
This book has been graded for interest at 10-12 years. This book is part of a reading scheme, meaning that it is a book aimed at children who are learning to read. This reading book uses the phonics method. This approach concentrates on teaching children how to map between sounds and spellings, allowing them to decode written words into their constituent sounds. Phonics skill thus involves being able to split the written word 'cat' into the phonemes /k/, /a/, /t/, and to map from letter 'c' to phoneme /k/, from letter 'a' to phoneme /ae/ and from letter 't' to phoneme /t/. Decoding skill is useful when reading unfamiliar words which use regular spelling sequences.
There are 80 pages in this book. This book was published 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers .
Collins UK has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Jon Mayhew is a man with a dark imagination, who has always loved writing and storytelling. An English teacher (to children and teenagers) for twenty years, he now works as a specialist teacher for children with autism. He has four children himself and, when neither teaching nor writing, he plays in ceilidh bands and runs marathons. Jon lives between the ancient cities of Chester and Liverpool.
This book contains the following story:
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:
Collins Big Cat
The Collins Big Cat series is a fully structured reading scheme with both fiction and non fiction titles. The series was designed to build speaking and listening as well as reading skills. Every book contains a unique reader response activity plus reading tips including suggested comprehension activities and curriculum links.