Friday, September 18, 2015

Macbeth adaption by Gareth Hinds -ADVISABLE

Hinds, Gareth (Adapter) Macbeth 145 pgs. Candlewick, 2015. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG13 GRAPHIC NOVEL
When the idea that he could be more than he is introduced to general Macbeth, he is intrigued. When opportunities arise to make that change happen are presented, Macbeth only needs a bit of prodding from his wife to push forward. But dishonesty is a never ending task and the dead will not stay dead, and Macbeth finds out that power has a high price.
This is dark mysterious portrayal of the classic story. The author has obviously put a lot of careful thought and care into how he constructed this adaption; both through text and his art choices. There are some gruesome images that I must unstick before I go to bed tonight, including: (SPOILER) a skinless body, a bloody baby, and a child being murdered. Its one thing to read something like ‘the whole family was killed’ and another to see it in action. I would hope this would be a jumping off point for a student diving into the full text.  
HS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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