Shakespeare for Kids Art Q&A with the Illustrator

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Caesar for KidsI’ve received many compliments and questions about my cover artwork over the years, and I thought I would let everyone see behind the curtain as to who is the master of this whimsical art that I’m so lucky to have grace my covers.  I did a short Q&A with him. His name is Ron Leishman, and you can find his work here:

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Here are a few questions, to give some of our readers a little background into … Continue reading

Sneak Peek at Shakespeare for Kids Books

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Many people ask to see a sample of my books.  So, I finally did it… here is the link to see a small excerpt from each and every title that I have.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Sneak Peek at Shakespeare for Kids books

Get Author Signed Copies of my Plays!

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I have had many requests for signed copies of my books for students, classes, and teachers.  I have finally set up my site so I can accommodate these requests easily!  So, you can now buy your books directly through me and they will be signed! (yeah!)  You can purchase them here.

If you ever have any questions, let me know!

That’s all!

Break a leg out there!

Brendan

Testimonial of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Kids

The following testimonial touched my heart so much, I had to share it.

I was following up on a Goodreads book giveaway that I did for my latest book Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Kids. When a mom came back with two paragraphs of glowing sentiment. Here’s an excerpt of what she wrote:

Thank you again so much. I can’t even begin to thank you enough. It was so fun watching them put on this play and the memories we all made will never be forgotten. This is definitely going to be a play they put on every year … Continue reading

Can Shakespeare’s Henry V be done in 30 tweets? #ShakesTweet

Fellow blogger and Shakespeare fan, Alan Peat, (@alanpeat) was a bit bored one day and decided for his 50th birthday to tweet all of Shakespeare’s plays in 50 tweets or less (not in one day, cuz, that’d be a bit crazy).  So, he knocked out his first “Shakestweet”, Henry V.

twitterThat leads to my thoughts on another Shakespeare lesson plan, the ShakesTweet.  What a great way to engage technology with Shakespeare.  As I’ve said before, probably half … Continue reading

Shakespeare’s Language Made Simple – Shakespeare for Kids

I recently read an article about two Shakespeare plays, currently on Broadway, being staged the way they would have been in Shakespeare’s day. Minimal sets, all male casts, engagement with the audience, and a heavy emphasis on the language. In fact, the article stressed that back when these plays were first performed, people would often say that they had gone to “hear” a play, not “see” a play, like we do today.

That got me thinking about how far society has come in our exploration and interpretation of these plays. Sets get flashier and costumes get more and more elaborate. Movie versions of the plays incorporate music … Continue reading

A Christmas Carol for Kids – Charles Dickens

That’s right, we are writing fools recently and have just released our 2nd work outside of the Shakespeare for Kids series: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Kids! My first was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Kids.

As a quick note, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Kids currently has a giveaway running on Goodreads – so, sign up for a free signed copy!

In writing A Christmas Carol for Kids there has been a few challenges that we had to overcome:

1) It’s a novel, not a play. But, that’s not the … Continue reading

Treasure Island for Kids is here!

These are the late nights. Writing Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Kids has been a BLAST! Possibly because it is my first foray outside of Shakespeare, possibly because it is about pirates (I mean, who doesn’t want to write about pirates, right?!?!) or possibly it’s because when it comes down to the launch of a new book, it’s always exciting!

Treasure Island CoverI always get a bit nervous; did I make any formatting errors, any spelling errors (my nemesis) or any … Continue reading

Finding a New Illustrator

robert louis stevenson sketchAs some of you know I’ve been working for a while to try to find a new illustrator for a Robert Louis Stevenson caricature.  He needs to replace the Shakespeare caricature in the front row of my books.

I couldn’t quite find the right talent until I happen to stumble into a local Starbucks the other day and see some guy doodling on a pad.

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