After I discovered her adorable new BabyLit board book series, I checked out the books local author Jennifer Adams has written for adults. And I was not disappointed. Y is for Yorick: A Slightly Irreverent Shakespearean ABC Book for Grown-ups is one of the most unique and refreshing books I’ve seen in a long time. And I very much enjoy things that are “slightly irreverent”.
The book is a quick and accessible look at famous and often forgotten characters from Shakespeare’s plays. Adams also includes a brief summary of each play. Each page is a dark humor delight and the sinister illustrations by Hugh D’Andrade, the perfect cheeky companion.
Just a small sampling of the wealth of mischief to be found:
“J is for Juliet. Juliet teaches all young girls that if you truly love someone, wholly and completely, it will be the death of you.”
“W is for Witches. The three witches who showed up on the moors caused all sorts of trouble. But people tend to forgive them because they repeat this catchy line: ‘Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.'”
Great for any Shakespeare fan and makes a fabulous conversation piece and gift.