Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk (Hardcover)

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By Jane Sutcliffe, John Shelley (Illustrator)

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Enjoy this introduction to 17th century London, Shakespearean theatre and, of course, the phrases we know today that Shakespeare introduced to us. Enhanced by beautiful drawings and vignettes of everyday London life, the book explains how Shakespeare created such phrases as "sorry sight,” "too much of a good thing," and the ever popular "wild goose chase.” Not all phrases Shakespeare used mean the same thing today as they did then. A conversation-starter that the whole family will enjoy.

~ Eight Cousins

— From Holiday Picks 2016


When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will's words keep popping up all over the place What's an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even helped turn "household words" into household words.

But, Jane embraces her dilemma, writing about Shakespeare, his plays, and his famous phrases with glee. After all, what better words are there to use to write about the greatest writer in the English language than his very own? As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever.

Backmatter includes an author's note, a bibliography, and a timeline.

About the Author

JANE SUTCLIFFE is author of Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be, The White House Is Burning: August 24, 1814, and more than two dozen other books for children. Jane lives in Tolland, Connecticut. JOHN SHELLEY grew up near Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratfordupon-Avon. He has illustrated more than forty children's books, including Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be and Family Reminders. John lives in Norwich, England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580896382
ISBN-10: 1580896383
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 40
Language: English