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Book: Flibbertigibbety Words: Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration
Author: Donna Guthrie
Illustrator: Åsa Gilland
Publisher: Page Street Kids, 2020
ISBN-10 : 1645670627
Related website(s): http://www.pagestreetpublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 4 – 8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Guthrie, Donna. Flibbertigibbety Words: Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration (Published in 2020 by Page Street Kids, an imprint of Page Street Publishing Co., 27 Congress St., Suite 105, Salem, MA 01970). One morning some words fly into William’s window. He wants to catch them, but they are flibbertigibbety and quickly slip right through his fingers. They glide downstairs, leap out the door, and vault a wall, leading him on a wild goose chase through the neighbor’s garden, over cobbled streets, past the King’s carriage, along the river bank, and into the majestic woods of Avon. Can William ever capture the words? If so, how does he do it? And for what will he use them?
With quotes and sly references to the famous works of William Shakespeare and the words which he invented, this energetic adventure about language is sure to delight readers both young and old, as Shakespearean phrases in highly stylized colored text curl and curve around the pages. Asa Gilland’s captivating illustrations depict the Elizabethan time period. In the back there are an author’s note about Shakespeare, a list of phrases appearing in the book with their respective Shakespearean plays, and a bibliography. This kid-friendly story can serve as a comic introduction to the plays, famous quotes, and words of Shakespeare for younger readers.