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{"id":2002742977,"title":"Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk","handle":"wills-words","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca title=\"Author Jane Sutcliffe\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jane-sutcliffe\"\u003eJane Sutcliffe\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"Illustrator John Shelley\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/john-shelley\"\u003eJohn Shelley\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\"Speak the speech, I pray you,\u003cbr\u003e as I pronounced it to you,\u003cbr\u003e trippingly on the tongue...\"\u003cbr\u003e\u003ci\u003e—from \u003c\/i\u003eHamlet\u003ci\u003e, Act III, sc. ii\u003c\/i\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will's words keep popping up all over the place! What's an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as \"what's done is done\" and \"too much of a good thing.\" He even turned \"household words\" into household words.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJane, however, embraces her dilemma, writing about Shakespeare, his plays, and his famous phrases with glee. What better words are there to use to write about he greatest writer in the English language than his very own? As readers will discover, \"the long and the short of it\" is this: Will changed the English language forever.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBackmatter includes an author's note, a bibliography, and a timeline.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/stone-giant\"\u003eStone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-ink-garden-of-brother-theophane\"\u003eThe Ink Garden of Brother Theophane\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/ox-house-stick\"\u003eOx, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/wills-words-spread.jpg?10687787568924349199\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJane Sutcliffe, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJane Sutcliffe is author of \u003ci\u003eStone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\u003c\/i\u003e, \u003ci\u003eThe White House is Burning: August 24, 1814\u003c\/i\u003e, and more than two dozen other books for children. Jane lives in Tolland, Connecticut.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Author Jane Sutcliffe\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jane-sutcliffe\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Jane Sutcliffe.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJohn Shelley, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJohn Shelley grew up near Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon. He has illustrated more than forty children's books, including \u003ci\u003eStone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eFamily Reminders\u003c\/i\u003e. John lives in Norwich, England.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator John Shelley\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/john-shelley\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about John Shelley.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e2016 Cybils Award Finalist\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e2017 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal,\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFocusing on the now commonplace words that Shakespeare introduced into the English language, Sutcliffe describes the inner workings of the Globe Theatre and the Bard’s genius. The verso of each spread presents historical facts about Elizabethan London and the theatrical tradition it spawned, with Shakespeare’s words interspersed amid Sutcliffe’s lively prose, while the recto highlights the words, explains their meanings (both original and contemporary), and cites their usage in the poet’s plays. Shelley’s meticulously detailed painted pen-and-ink drawings brim with life and convey a clear sense of 1606 London, “a bustling, jostling, clinging, singing, stinking, head-chopping, pickpocketing wonder of a city,” while still managing to individualize the personages both onstage and off. They are perfectly married to Sutcliff’s concise, humorous, fact-filled prose. While the author references the few known truths of Shakespeare’s life, the emphasis is on his once-inventive but now familiar words, thus setting this title apart from most standard biographies. Readers will discover the origins of basic terms and expressions, such as hurry, fashionable, and cold-blooded. The book opens and concludes with a letter from Sutcliffe laying out her intentions in penning this work and discussing what we know of Shakespeare’s life. Pair this gem with Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema’s \u003ci\u003eBard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare\u003c\/i\u003e (Morrow, 1992) for a full portrait of Shakespeare’s genius. VERDICT A beautifully presented, original approach to the playwright’s lasting contributions to the English language.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan face=\"Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif\" color=\"#000000\" size=\"2\"\u003eSutcliffe presents an enjoyable, if slightly rocky, introductory reconnaissance into Shakespeare's wordplay. Shakespeare could turn a phrase, and Sutcliffe brings a number of them to readers' attention, smartly worked into a vest-pocket history of London theater during Shakespeare's days. Shelley's artwork is a lively accompaniment, delicate in color and linework but bustling as only a big population in small confines can be. Each double-page spread presents a few paragraphs of text about London theater on verso, the occasional word or phrase printed in boldface. On recto are boxed items that give the meanings of the highlighted words—and how some have changed considerably: \"wild-goose chase\" meant a horse race with the leader and followers in the shape of geese in flight; now it means a useless search. The location of the words in Shakespeare's works is also provided, and there's a handy timeline at the end of the book. There are gems—\"too much of a good thing,\" \"a sorry sight,\" \"foul play\" (\"fair play,\" too)—but then there are some complete mysteries: \"excitement,\" \"fashionable,\" \"well behaved,\" all of which underwhelm. Why bother with these when there are so many goodies to choose from? \"Crack of doom,\" \"break the ice,\" \"brave new world\"—treasures all. Still, even if what's done is done, there is absolutely no need to knit a brow or make short shrift of this well-tempered piece of work.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDespite both title and subtitle, the value of this picture book lies in its delightful, realistic illustrations and the simple text's introduction to Elizabethan theater. About 30 terms Shakespeare either coined or made common are included meaningfully in the narrative, a pair or so on each two-page spread. The narrative itself explains the place of theater in Londoners' daily lives (for both audience members and actors), the Globe Theatre's architecture, and how Shakespeare's verbal richness spread into daily figures of speech. But it's the illustrations that steal the show. Each spread is crowded with intricate, colorful details that seem to spring to life in, for instance, a cutaway of backstage actions, the crowd arriving for an afternoon's performance, how different social classes positioned themselves during the play, London street scenes, and so on. These watercolor and pen-and-ink images invite endless searching of the crowds' unique faces and Thames River vistas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Shakespeare Standard\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eReviewing new books is a job full of excitement particularly when they’re as beautifully presented as \u003cem\u003eWill’s Words\u003c\/em\u003e. With illustrations to rival Where’s Wally (or Where’s Waldo on the other side of the pond), this book will keep readers young and old engaged. Although marketed primarily to 7-10 year olds, Will’s Words kept this twenty-something absorbed.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e Begun as a book to tell the story of Shakespeare, the Globe and early modern theatrical life, Sutcliffe opens with a disclaimer: Shakespeare kept getting in the way. (Well you know what they say.. Where there’s a Will there’s a way..). Not the ghost of Shakespeare past, don’t panic. Just his words – those he made up, and those which his plays introduced to the common vernacular.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003ca title=\"The Shakespeare Standard\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"http:\/\/theshakespearestandard.com\/wills-words-a-book-review\/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eRead more of this review.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Connection\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJane Sutcliffe’s masterful prose and John Shelley’s astonishing illustrations make this book a potential first selection for all libraries in this country. Sutcliffe explains the origins of everyday phrases drawn from Shakespeare’s work. The roots are always found in Shakespeare’s many plays. Readers will be interested to learn how the phrase “for goodness’ sake” emanates from Henry VIII, and “What’s done is done” comes from Macbeth. Young readers will get a sense of the beauty of the English language and adults will be astounded at the numerous phrases that dripped from Shakespeare’s pen. The illustrations are so detailed they fairly jump off the page, and there is humor in the individual faces and expressions. Readers will also learn much about the Globe Theater and England itself. Repeated readings of this book would be necessary because there is so much to learn and to take in. A definite purchase for every library.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/wills-words-cvr.jpg?10687787568924349199\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/wills-words-hires.zip?5266027108217419041\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/wills-words-activity-guide.pdf?14685882543120217041\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Activity Guide with Readers' Theater\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/wills-words-answer-key.pdf?12120381847084076213\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Activity Guide Answer Key\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-638-2\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaperback\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-669-9\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-855-9 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e ISBN: 978-1-60734-856-6 PDF\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 7-10\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 40\u003cbr\u003e10 x 10\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCorrelated to Common Core State Standards:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. 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What's an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as \"what's done is done\" and \"too much of a good thing.\" He even turned \"household words\" into household words.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJane, however, embraces her dilemma, writing about Shakespeare, his plays, and his famous phrases with glee. What better words are there to use to write about he greatest writer in the English language than his very own? As readers will discover, \"the long and the short of it\" is this: Will changed the English language forever.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBackmatter includes an author's note, a bibliography, and a timeline.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/stone-giant\"\u003eStone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-ink-garden-of-brother-theophane\"\u003eThe Ink Garden of Brother Theophane\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/ox-house-stick\"\u003eOx, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/wills-words-spread.jpg?10687787568924349199\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJane Sutcliffe, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJane Sutcliffe is author of \u003ci\u003eStone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\u003c\/i\u003e, \u003ci\u003eThe White House is Burning: August 24, 1814\u003c\/i\u003e, and more than two dozen other books for children. Jane lives in Tolland, Connecticut.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Author Jane Sutcliffe\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jane-sutcliffe\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Jane Sutcliffe.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJohn Shelley, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJohn Shelley grew up near Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon. He has illustrated more than forty children's books, including \u003ci\u003eStone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eFamily Reminders\u003c\/i\u003e. John lives in Norwich, England.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator John Shelley\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/john-shelley\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about John Shelley.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e2016 Cybils Award Finalist\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e2017 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?18127980511287865543\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal,\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFocusing on the now commonplace words that Shakespeare introduced into the English language, Sutcliffe describes the inner workings of the Globe Theatre and the Bard’s genius. The verso of each spread presents historical facts about Elizabethan London and the theatrical tradition it spawned, with Shakespeare’s words interspersed amid Sutcliffe’s lively prose, while the recto highlights the words, explains their meanings (both original and contemporary), and cites their usage in the poet’s plays. Shelley’s meticulously detailed painted pen-and-ink drawings brim with life and convey a clear sense of 1606 London, “a bustling, jostling, clinging, singing, stinking, head-chopping, pickpocketing wonder of a city,” while still managing to individualize the personages both onstage and off. They are perfectly married to Sutcliff’s concise, humorous, fact-filled prose. While the author references the few known truths of Shakespeare’s life, the emphasis is on his once-inventive but now familiar words, thus setting this title apart from most standard biographies. Readers will discover the origins of basic terms and expressions, such as hurry, fashionable, and cold-blooded. The book opens and concludes with a letter from Sutcliffe laying out her intentions in penning this work and discussing what we know of Shakespeare’s life. Pair this gem with Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema’s \u003ci\u003eBard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare\u003c\/i\u003e (Morrow, 1992) for a full portrait of Shakespeare’s genius. VERDICT A beautifully presented, original approach to the playwright’s lasting contributions to the English language.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan face=\"Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif\" color=\"#000000\" size=\"2\"\u003eSutcliffe presents an enjoyable, if slightly rocky, introductory reconnaissance into Shakespeare's wordplay. Shakespeare could turn a phrase, and Sutcliffe brings a number of them to readers' attention, smartly worked into a vest-pocket history of London theater during Shakespeare's days. Shelley's artwork is a lively accompaniment, delicate in color and linework but bustling as only a big population in small confines can be. Each double-page spread presents a few paragraphs of text about London theater on verso, the occasional word or phrase printed in boldface. On recto are boxed items that give the meanings of the highlighted words—and how some have changed considerably: \"wild-goose chase\" meant a horse race with the leader and followers in the shape of geese in flight; now it means a useless search. The location of the words in Shakespeare's works is also provided, and there's a handy timeline at the end of the book. There are gems—\"too much of a good thing,\" \"a sorry sight,\" \"foul play\" (\"fair play,\" too)—but then there are some complete mysteries: \"excitement,\" \"fashionable,\" \"well behaved,\" all of which underwhelm. Why bother with these when there are so many goodies to choose from? \"Crack of doom,\" \"break the ice,\" \"brave new world\"—treasures all. Still, even if what's done is done, there is absolutely no need to knit a brow or make short shrift of this well-tempered piece of work.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDespite both title and subtitle, the value of this picture book lies in its delightful, realistic illustrations and the simple text's introduction to Elizabethan theater. About 30 terms Shakespeare either coined or made common are included meaningfully in the narrative, a pair or so on each two-page spread. The narrative itself explains the place of theater in Londoners' daily lives (for both audience members and actors), the Globe Theatre's architecture, and how Shakespeare's verbal richness spread into daily figures of speech. But it's the illustrations that steal the show. Each spread is crowded with intricate, colorful details that seem to spring to life in, for instance, a cutaway of backstage actions, the crowd arriving for an afternoon's performance, how different social classes positioned themselves during the play, London street scenes, and so on. 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Not the ghost of Shakespeare past, don’t panic. Just his words – those he made up, and those which his plays introduced to the common vernacular.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003ca title=\"The Shakespeare Standard\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"http:\/\/theshakespearestandard.com\/wills-words-a-book-review\/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eRead more of this review.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Connection\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJane Sutcliffe’s masterful prose and John Shelley’s astonishing illustrations make this book a potential first selection for all libraries in this country. Sutcliffe explains the origins of everyday phrases drawn from Shakespeare’s work. The roots are always found in Shakespeare’s many plays. Readers will be interested to learn how the phrase “for goodness’ sake” emanates from Henry VIII, and “What’s done is done” comes from Macbeth. Young readers will get a sense of the beauty of the English language and adults will be astounded at the numerous phrases that dripped from Shakespeare’s pen. The illustrations are so detailed they fairly jump off the page, and there is humor in the individual faces and expressions. Readers will also learn much about the Globe Theater and England itself. Repeated readings of this book would be necessary because there is so much to learn and to take in. 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Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

By: Jane Sutcliffe / Illustrated by: John Shelley

"Speak the speech, I pray you,
as I pronounced it to you,
trippingly on the tongue..."
—from Hamlet, Act III, sc. ii

When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will's words keep popping up all over the place! What's an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even turned "household words" into household words.

Jane, however, embraces her dilemma, writing about Shakespeare, his plays, and his famous phrases with glee. What better words are there to use to write about he greatest writer in the English language than his very own? As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever.

Backmatter includes an author's note, a bibliography, and a timeline.

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Jane Sutcliffe, author

Jane Sutcliffe is author of Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be, The White House is Burning: August 24, 1814, and more than two dozen other books for children. Jane lives in Tolland, Connecticut.

Read more about Jane Sutcliffe.


John Shelley, illustrator

John Shelley grew up near Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon. He has illustrated more than forty children's books, including Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be and Family Reminders. John lives in Norwich, England.

Read more about John Shelley.

  • 2016 Cybils Award Finalist
  • 2017 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award

School Library Journal,, starred review

Focusing on the now commonplace words that Shakespeare introduced into the English language, Sutcliffe describes the inner workings of the Globe Theatre and the Bard’s genius. The verso of each spread presents historical facts about Elizabethan London and the theatrical tradition it spawned, with Shakespeare’s words interspersed amid Sutcliffe’s lively prose, while the recto highlights the words, explains their meanings (both original and contemporary), and cites their usage in the poet’s plays. Shelley’s meticulously detailed painted pen-and-ink drawings brim with life and convey a clear sense of 1606 London, “a bustling, jostling, clinging, singing, stinking, head-chopping, pickpocketing wonder of a city,” while still managing to individualize the personages both onstage and off. They are perfectly married to Sutcliff’s concise, humorous, fact-filled prose. While the author references the few known truths of Shakespeare’s life, the emphasis is on his once-inventive but now familiar words, thus setting this title apart from most standard biographies. Readers will discover the origins of basic terms and expressions, such as hurry, fashionable, and cold-blooded. The book opens and concludes with a letter from Sutcliffe laying out her intentions in penning this work and discussing what we know of Shakespeare’s life. Pair this gem with Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema’s Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare (Morrow, 1992) for a full portrait of Shakespeare’s genius. VERDICT A beautifully presented, original approach to the playwright’s lasting contributions to the English language.

Kirkus Reviews

Sutcliffe presents an enjoyable, if slightly rocky, introductory reconnaissance into Shakespeare's wordplay. Shakespeare could turn a phrase, and Sutcliffe brings a number of them to readers' attention, smartly worked into a vest-pocket history of London theater during Shakespeare's days. Shelley's artwork is a lively accompaniment, delicate in color and linework but bustling as only a big population in small confines can be. Each double-page spread presents a few paragraphs of text about London theater on verso, the occasional word or phrase printed in boldface. On recto are boxed items that give the meanings of the highlighted words—and how some have changed considerably: "wild-goose chase" meant a horse race with the leader and followers in the shape of geese in flight; now it means a useless search. The location of the words in Shakespeare's works is also provided, and there's a handy timeline at the end of the book. There are gems—"too much of a good thing," "a sorry sight," "foul play" ("fair play," too)—but then there are some complete mysteries: "excitement," "fashionable," "well behaved," all of which underwhelm. Why bother with these when there are so many goodies to choose from? "Crack of doom," "break the ice," "brave new world"—treasures all. Still, even if what's done is done, there is absolutely no need to knit a brow or make short shrift of this well-tempered piece of work.

Booklist

Despite both title and subtitle, the value of this picture book lies in its delightful, realistic illustrations and the simple text's introduction to Elizabethan theater. About 30 terms Shakespeare either coined or made common are included meaningfully in the narrative, a pair or so on each two-page spread. The narrative itself explains the place of theater in Londoners' daily lives (for both audience members and actors), the Globe Theatre's architecture, and how Shakespeare's verbal richness spread into daily figures of speech. But it's the illustrations that steal the show. Each spread is crowded with intricate, colorful details that seem to spring to life in, for instance, a cutaway of backstage actions, the crowd arriving for an afternoon's performance, how different social classes positioned themselves during the play, London street scenes, and so on. These watercolor and pen-and-ink images invite endless searching of the crowds' unique faces and Thames River vistas.

The Shakespeare Standard

Reviewing new books is a job full of excitement particularly when they’re as beautifully presented as Will’s Words. With illustrations to rival Where’s Wally (or Where’s Waldo on the other side of the pond), this book will keep readers young and old engaged. Although marketed primarily to 7-10 year olds, Will’s Words kept this twenty-something absorbed.

Begun as a book to tell the story of Shakespeare, the Globe and early modern theatrical life, Sutcliffe opens with a disclaimer: Shakespeare kept getting in the way. (Well you know what they say.. Where there’s a Will there’s a way..). Not the ghost of Shakespeare past, don’t panic. Just his words – those he made up, and those which his plays introduced to the common vernacular.

Read more of this review.

School Library Connection

Jane Sutcliffe’s masterful prose and John Shelley’s astonishing illustrations make this book a potential first selection for all libraries in this country. Sutcliffe explains the origins of everyday phrases drawn from Shakespeare’s work. The roots are always found in Shakespeare’s many plays. Readers will be interested to learn how the phrase “for goodness’ sake” emanates from Henry VIII, and “What’s done is done” comes from Macbeth. Young readers will get a sense of the beauty of the English language and adults will be astounded at the numerous phrases that dripped from Shakespeare’s pen. The illustrations are so detailed they fairly jump off the page, and there is humor in the individual faces and expressions. Readers will also learn much about the Globe Theater and England itself. Repeated readings of this book would be necessary because there is so much to learn and to take in. A definite purchase for every library.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-638-2

Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-58089-669-9

E-book
ISBN: 978-1-60734-855-9 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-856-6 PDF
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Ages: 7-10
Page count: 40
10 x 10

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 3. Standards 1-5, 7, 8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational Grade 4. Standards 1-5, 8, 10