The Boy and the Globe

Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

We're in 17th-century London, a city of contrasts: stink, rot and grot, but also new theatres, art and writing.

Toby is thrown into the chaos when he becomes an orphan and street child. He has no choice but to work for Moll Cut-Purse, Queen of the Pickpockets.

But when he goes to the Globe theatre to thieve, he meets a sad and despairing figure: William Shakespeare. Under pressure to write the next hit play, Will needs Toby's help to keep the magic of theatre alive.

This funny and factual chapter book celebrates the power of art and imagination in all its forms. The book is sure to pique children's interest in the historical period, and the exercises at the end keep a fun learning vibe gently going.

Morgan-Jones's black-and-white illustrations are also arch and wonderful. They really bring the characters and adventure to life - and look like they dripped right off a quill.

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