Who Was William Shakespeare? (Who Was?)

by Celeste Mannis (Author) John O'Brien (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
The beloved plays of Shakespeare are still produced everywhere, yet the life of the world's most famous playwright remains largely a mystery. Young Will left the town of Stratford to pursue theater in London, where his work eventually thrived and made him a famous and wealthy man. With black-and-white illustrations that include a diagram of the famous Globe theater, Celeste Davidson Mannis puts together the pieces of Shakespeare's life and work for young readers.
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This book was really nice.

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This book was really nice. I really liked it. It was a bit boring though, because the author kept saying " We do not know much about him." It was still nice though. But if you do not know much about the person you are writing about, you cannot do much about it. So I get the author on that. I think this is a great book for just reading and getting knowledge, but if you want more information, this book is not on that level.

Celeste Mannis
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Susan Kathleen Hartung is the acclaimed illustrator of the award-winning Dear Juno.

One Dark Night is Susan's much anticipated second book with Viking. "I was hooked immediately by this wonderfully told story," she said. "When I was a kid I used to lie in bed at night and count between the flash and boom to see how close a thunderstorm was. I still do sometimes." When asked about her inspiration for the illustrations, Susan responded, "Whenever there was a late night storm, I would get up and wander about the house without turning on any lights. I would watch the way the lightening played around the room, or I would just stare out the window and watch it flash in the clouds and make the rain drops shimmer."

In the fall of 1999, after having lived in Brooklyn, New York, for fourteen years, Susan made the move back to her home state of Michigan, where by chance, she moved to the town of Brooklyn. When not in her studio, Susan can be found renovating her 140-year-old farmhouse, or spending time with family and friends in her nearby hometown of Ann Arbor. Susan lives with her two dogs, Bongo and Audie, and her cat, Gomez.

Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780448439044
Lexile Measure
690
Guided Reading Level
Q
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
December 28, 2006
Series
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
Library of Congress categories
Shakespeare, William
Early modern, 1500-1700
Dramatists, English

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