Y is for Yorick: A Slightly Irreverent Shakespearean ABC Book for Grown-Ups
The perfect gift for Shakespeare fans, Y Is for Yorick is full of witty references to the Bard's unforgettable plots and characters. Readers will love perusing the cheeky illustrations and reading such entries as "J is for Juliet. Juliet teaches all young girls that if you truly love someone, wholly and completely, it will be the death of you."
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The book includes a brief synopsis of each of his plays. I en ...more
This is a cute little volume summarizing Shakespearean characters in alphabetical order.
It is not very deep or laugh-out loud funny but it does contain rather lovely illustrations.
I LOVED the ABC's...so funny. I plan on reading quite a number of them to my Fall Shakespeare students. Also, the small summaries are very well done and I will read them to the students as well. They are long enough to let me give them just a taste, they are funny, which will be appealing to them, and they are just short enough to keep attention. Just right.
This is the author of the adorable "Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice: A Counting Primer" (a board book for babies) and ...more
Posted 4/28/11 -- I love Shakespeare, all Shakespeare, everything about Shakespeare, all his plays, all his sonnets, all his poems, his humor, his drama, the way even his tragedies have so many humorous twists in them, and I just love Shakespeare. So I need to add this book to my collection of books on or about Shakespeare. I'm so glad that ...more
So. Anyone who likes Shakespeare would really enjoy this. If there is a Shakespeare fan on your gift recipient list -- they should probably have this. The ABCs are quirky and blunt. The illustrations equally so. In Shakespeare plays, people cheat, betray, seduce, murder. If that bothers you, Adams' making humor of it may also bother you.
It took me about 2 hours to read (I was taking breaks during the skit parts) and it was a rather fun read. The reason I gave Y is for Yorick for stars is because I wish was that there was some sort of ending (which there was nothing of) and the skits to be a bit different. My mind started going other places while reading the skits, but the ABC's were definitely entertaining!
Pick up a copy if you like a fast, good read!
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I love the illustrations and they alone make the book worth reading.
I am very familiar with Shakespeare's works, otherwise the puns would not make sense.
The puns are okay... but I do like the book the more I look through it.
There are summaries of several plays at the end of the book. These are very short and just give a glimpse of the highlights of each play.
Just a super cool, tiny little book for looking through that totally hit the spot. If I had been eating some Junior Mints while reading it then the experience would have been complete.