Bulldog Library

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

on July 2, 2013

J 822.33 Sha   •   AR Reading Level: 3.2   •   AR Points: 0.5   •   Quiz #145337


Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia  loves Lysander.

Helena loves Demetrius.

All would be well except that Demetrius’ love for Helena has faded, and he now loves Hermia.  To escape an arranged marriage to Demetrius, Hermia elopes with Lysander.  They escape Athens and flee to the forrest, but Demetrius and Helena follow them.

In the forest, these Athenian youths cross the path of Oberon, the fairy King, and his faithful jester, Puck. These two fairies try to use magic to fix the tangled course of this love quadrangle, but end up making it worse when they cause Lysander to fall in love with Helena!

Meanwhile, in another part of the forrest . . . just for fun . . . Puck gives Bottom the Weaver the head of a donkey.  Oberon causes his wife, Titania, to fall in love with the donkey headed Bottom.

In the course of this midsummer’s night, love comes and love goes.  Fairies play, and magic abounds.

The lively illustrations in this graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved play wonderfully capture original fantasy and magic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  While the modernized language used in this adaptation lacks the grace and poetry of the original language, the use of modernized language provides an easily understood version of this classic play that is far more accessible for tween readers than the original play.  In short, this graphic novel provides an excellent introduction to A Midsummer Night’s Dream for tween readers.  However, it is no substitute for the original (which readers are highly encouraged to read someday – or better yet see performed!).

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Yomtov, N. (2012).  A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. (Bernice Muniz, Illustrator). Mankato,  MN: Stone Arch Books.


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