We were delighted to see one of our tried-and-true children’s titles make a cameo appearance on the BBC last Thursday. In the second episode of the three-part BBC series ‘Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys,’ a class of boys were given the chance to choose any book to take home to read. One boy, Ross, chose Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare , about which he had to say:
“I don’t know much about Shakespeare, but I have read a lot of his books, and some of them are really good, but some of them I didn’t like, but this one [Lamb's Tales] I’m enjoying. [. . .] I think this book is actually really interesting.”
In a series about improving the literacy levels of those boys who would not normally read for leisure, we, as booksellers, found it reassuring and refreshing to see a young boy engaging with Shakespeare as just a good read.
To watch Ross’ review, as well as the rest of the programme, click here. You can find Ross at 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
We did notice that some of the other boys in the series opted for more action-packed novels, and we can also satisfy that preference with all of the graphic-novel versions of Shakespeare that we stock here in the shop, like the Graffex Shakespeare series:
Graffex Books are faithful retellings of Shakespeare’s plays, combining modern English narrative and speech-bubbles containing original text. Other plays in the series include The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are all at £6.99.