Books by Marcia Williams

THE ROMANS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Not a very detailed picture, but broad enough to leave younger readers with a general sense of how grand the grandeur was. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
In cartoon panels, the inimitable Williams offers snapshots of ancient Rome from the mythological creation of the universe to the fall of the empire. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Readers, wary or otherwise, could do far worse than dive into these witty, spirited renditions. (no source notes) (Graphic folktales. 8-11)"
Eight animal tales highlighting the value of cleverness and the hazards of greed are retold in Williams' signature breezy style. Read full book review >
ANCIENT EGYPT by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A lighthearted recap of some of our oldest tales. (map) (Picture book/folklore. 7-10)"
For her latest cartoon foray into ancient cultures, Williams concocts a brisk dash through Egyptian myth and history. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"The idiom, setting and details may be British, but young Americans will have no trouble drawing parallels between WWI and the present situation. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Williams departs from her familiar comic-strip style to present this lad's-eye view of the First World War, filling oversize spreads with collages of period post cards, taped-on bric-a-brac, newspaper clippings, foldout letters from the front and cartoons drawn in colored pencil. Read full book review >
CHAUCER’S CANTERBURY TALES by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Readers will want to revisit several of the high—and low—spots before deciding. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
Of Williams's string of recast classics, this is the best so far. Read full book review >
HOORAY FOR INVENTORS! by Marcia Williams
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"George's skimpier but more analytical So You Want to Be an Inventor (2002), illus by David Small. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Dedicating her newest offering to Leonardo da Vinci, "My special hero of invention," Williams sweeps through the entire history of inventions, from ball ("an unknown Stone Age child, c. 40,000 B.C.") to ball-point (Ladislao Biro, 1938). Read full book review >
GOD AND HIS CREATIONS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"As an unusual and very funny interpretation of some of the key stories in the Western tradition, this offering works beautifully; as an entree to the Bible itself, it is less successful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Williams applies her trademark cartoony style to 11 tales from the Old Testament, rendered in two- or four-page spreads. Read full book review >
CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pair this with Diane Stanley's Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (1993) to lay far, far better groundwork for a later appreciation of some timeless classics than filmed versions, or more conventional abridgements, ever could. (Picture book. 8-10)"
With small, teeming cartoon scenes so boisterous that they frequently burst their borders, Williams (Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!, 2000, etc.) catapults readers headlong through five of Dickens's best-known melodramas, introducing an array of curly-haired naifs, roundly vivacious young women, and pasty-faced villains, as well as those distinctively colorful supporting casts of orphans, convicts, ne'er-do-wells, widows, pickpockets, ghosts, and more—all of whom speak in snatches of Dickens's own dialogue. Read full book review >
BRAVO, MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE! by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"All the adoring fans of Williams's Tales from Shakespeare will rejoice, and new ones will join in the applause. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Will's twins, Hamnet and Judith, might themselves have been entranced by this clever telling of seven of their dad's plays. Read full book review >
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"For readers familiar with the plays, the synopses are amusing and the watercolor depictions impressive; for those using this work as an entry to Shakespeare's works, welcome. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Seven plays—Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet—have been condensed into the comic-strip panels of Williams's other retellings (The Iliad and the Odyssey, 1996, etc.); Shakespeare's words are spouted by the performers, summaries of the plot appear beneath the frames, and Elizabethan-era playgoers heckle and comment from the sides and bottom of every page—e.g., "Go on! Read full book review >
THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"With a proliferation of versions of Homer on the market, add this one to the shelves only where Williams's other comic-strip tellings are popular. (Picture book/folklore. 7-12)"
The highlights of Homer's epics are rendered as a comic book, in a visual and literary style that Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) has used before, but here more reminiscent of Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the World than a Classics Illustrated. Read full book review >
KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Whether such an epic cycle does well in such a domesticated guise is a matter of taste, but it looks destined for success in collections everywhere. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) continues her popular series of folklore classics in comic-book-style strips with text at the base and dialogue balloons in the pictures. Read full book review >
SINBAD THE SAILOR by Marcia Williams
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Attribution to the Arabian Nights appears only on the jacket. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The comic-strip format that Williams has used for her renditions of Don Quixote (1993) and of the Greek myths and the biblical story of Joseph is particularly well suited to this old favorite with its highly visual adventures and miracles and stories-within-the-story narrative. Read full book review >