Andrew Matthews - Much Ado About Nothing - Hachette Children's Group

Much Ado About Nothing

By Andrew Matthews
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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Over two million Shakespeare Shorts sold! Discover the world of Shakespeare with this collection of brilliant stories - perfect for readers of all ages.

Over two million Shakespeare Shorts sold! Discover the world of Shakespeare with this collection of brilliant stories - perfect for readers of all ages.

Beatrice and Benedick are perfect for each other - but they're too busy arguing to see it. Meanwhile, Claudio and Hero are happily head-over-heels in love... Will these two very different couples find their happy ending? Not if the villain Don John has anything to do with it!

A wonderful retelling of this classic Shakespeare story.

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  • ISBN: 9781408318072
  • Publication date: 05 Jan 2012
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  • Imprint: Orchard Books
An excellent introduction to Shakespeare for the junior reader. — The School Librarian
Andrew Matthews admirably conveys the beauty and power of the original plays. The text is full of the rhythms of spoken language and begs to be read aloud. — Junior Education
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