Shakespeare is an amazing writer but sometimes kids can struggle with his style. Iambic Pentameter can be distracting if you let it (and a lot of kids let it) and Shakespeare, having been responsible for over 300 words in our vocabulary, makes up a lot of words. When you can barely understand the words that do exist and you can't get into the story because reading the format is difficult, it's even harder to understand those words that don't exist. Shakespeare is just a hard read for some people and while I am a firm believer in the power of seeing his plays performed...reading them is pretty awesome too. You might no a teen or even an adult who struggles to read the bard's plays. Ian Doescher can help with that. He has taken Star Wars and put it in the style of Willian Shakespeare. How cool is that?! If you have a kid or teen who loves Star Wars, this may be the perfect way to help them get used to the writing style that they will see in Shakespeare plays so that they can better understand them. I'm all for it!
Ian will be at the Boulder Bookstore on Saturday, July 19th at 5pm. It costs $5 to attend and I dare say it will be worth it. Here is a blurb about him/his books from the Boulder Bookstore website: "Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for."
He is there to release his newest book: "The Jedi Doth Return." Your $5 entry fee also doubles as a coupon for $5 off his book so basically you get to attend and then you get the book for less than you would have paid if you hadn't come...what could be better than that?! Seriously. Get your kids, take them along, get them interested in Shakespeare through Star Wars. They'll thank you for it. I'll thank you for it.
Remember: Saturday, July 19th at 5pm at the Boulder Bookstore. Have fun!