Back of Book:
It all starts one morning when words fly into William’s window. He wants to catch them, but they are flibbertigibbety and quick and slip right through his fingers. Soon whole lines of verse are leading him on a wild goose chase as they tumble, dip, flip and skip all through town, past a host of colorful characters the observant reader may find as familiar as the quotes. William remains persistent, and with time and the proper tools he finds a way to keep the words with him.
I received a copy of this picture book from Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review.
“Fibbertigbbety Words: Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration” by Donna Guthrie is an imaginative and engaging story that follows a young William Shakespeare as he chases words that quickly fly in and out his window. As William chases the lines of verse through Avon, they change from scene to scene. Each scene is from a classic Shakespeare play. At the end of the story, young William is given a paper and a pen and is encouraged to write words and not chase them. The text includes several iconic lines that will draw readers into the plays that made William famous. The illustrations by Åsa Gilland are absolutely captivating. She beautifully weaved the fibbertigbbety words into the illustrations allowing them to become a focus throughout the story. The back of the book has an author’s note about Shakespeare as well as which plays are used throughout the story. This is an excellent book to introduce readers to an amazing playwright and his words that continue to capture the world.
Ages 5 and up
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