Friday, February 22, 2008

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams

This is a fantastic book for any reader who wants to know what the Canterbury Tales are all about but doesn’t want to read 500 pages to figure it out. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams is a great book to accomplish this. The format is very similar to a comic book format with small pictures and headings at the bottom of each picture. The different tales are approximately four pages long and are very quick and entertaining. There are stories about two cousins fighting over the same beautiful girl, men trying to kill death, a knight who must find out what a woman truly wants in a year to save his life, magicians and trickery; to name a few. However, there are some things in the stories that some may consider crude such as farting, characters sticking their bums out the window and infidelity. Even considering these few details, it is definitely a book worth reading.

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