Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: William Shakespeare Rewritten by You

I couldn't say no to a book of Shakespearean mad libs when offered. Who would? If you're not familiar with mad libs, it's a small paragraph with missing words here and there. On the opposite page are fun, ambiguous prompts. For instance: "Who is sick and ___ with grief." The prompt on the other page is, "How does your great-aunt Ramona look when she has a stomach flu?" I asked my brother, Leo, what he would put and his reply was, "Constipated." Haha!

What I like about William Shakespeare: Rewritten by You is that it's divided into Tragedies, like Hamlet, Julius Ceasar, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet), Histories, like Henry V and Richard II, and Comedies, like As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night, among many others.

I love the example in the beginning of the book: "What's something a hippie does?" " The lady doth smoke pot too much, methinks."

This is the beginning of the introduction:
"Whoever originally said you shouldn't mess with a good thing was probably a massive party pooper. It's time to sharpen your pencil -- or, if you're feeling bold, whip out your favorite pen -- because it's about to get messy around here. Literally messy." 
One day my younger brothers and I turned off the TV, I grabbed a pen, and I asked them the prompt questions. They gave me some pretty hilarious responses. Afterwards, I read the whole page and we were dying of laughter. Here's another funny sentence my brother, Ben, improved upon: "I urged your further; then you scratched your scrotum." 

William Shakespeare: Rewritten by You would be perfect for when you're with a group of friends. Grab a bunch of snacks, pass around the book, and have a good laugh!

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Would you get this book?
Who would you play mad libs with?

**I received this book for me, but all opinions are my own.**

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  1. Mad Libs were one of our favorite things to do on camping trips growing up! I haven't done one in ages, but I remember them being hilarious!

  2. This is adorable! I would definitely get this. :)

  3. this must be so much fun , specially little brothers come up with really creative answers for things like this book

    i must get it

    keep on touch

  4. I loved Mad Libs as a kid! And I love Shakespeare, so this sounds like a match made in heaven :D

  5. It's really funny! My brothers are no where near literary, but thought it was really funny when I read the passages back to them.

  6. Yes, these are really funny! Especially because when you read the passage back it's in that Shakespearean English and it sounds hilarious with stupid words mixed in!

  7. That does sound like a lot of fun! I have to say I've never really read any Shakespeare, at least nothing in its entirety , but this still seems like it would be a blast:)

  8. Haha this is so funny!


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