This week's tease comes from Something Rotten by Alan Gratz, which is a Young Adult mystery that's a contemporary/stylized version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. This quote from the narrator, Horatio Wilkes, comes just before a play where they'll find out who killed Prince's dad:
"The play roughly followed the plot of Shakespeare's Hamlet, focusing on the minor characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Personally, I'm a little tired of every author without a bright idea of his own putting a modern spin on a 'classic,' but I was a big fan of Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead," (pp. 129-130).Gratz is wonderfully ironic, tongue-in-cheek, and quick-witted in Something Rotten (which is the first in a series of Shakespeare-inspired YA novels). I would heartily recommend this book to be used by teachers, home-schoolers, or just interested parents who want to open their kids' reluctant eyes to the beauty of Shakespeare. I think it could be a fantastic corollary to curriculum, introduce the plot of the play in an easy-to-understand format, before reading/acting/watching the play.
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