What's So Special About Shakespeare?
More than four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his name is known in every corner of the world. Why? Celebrated poet, critic, and Shakespeare enthusiast Michael Rosen answers that question with humor, knowledge, and appreciation, offering a whirlwind tour of Shakespeare’s life, his London, and four of his plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest.
Throughout the book, the author incorporates lines and scenes from Shakespeare's plays. We also learn about some of the different plays in more detail. One part that stood out to me was the chapter on Shakespeare's will because this was new information to me. He left most of his belongings to only one of his daughters, which is odd and people can only speculate as to why.
I'm a huge fan of Shakespeare and can't wait until my daughter is old enough to understand this book. It's an excellent and factual tribute to Shakespeare and gives me hope that his legacy will continue to be passed on. I especially love the timeline in the back of the book because it puts the events into a linear perspective.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this book to fans of history and Shakespeare. WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT SHAKESPEARE is enlightening and opens the reader's eyes to how different life used to be.