“Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk”. 40-page picture book.
Written by Jane Sutcliffe. Charlesbridge (Penguin/Random House).
“Shelley’s artwork is a lively accompaniment, delicate in color and linework but bustling as only a big population in small confines can be” (Kirkus)
“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 Sutcliffe’s concise, humorous, fact-filled prose” (School Library Journal)
“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” (Booklist)