Illustrated by Robert Byrd
Finished: May 14, 2008
First Published: 2007
Genre: historical fiction, non-fiction, play, children
Reason for Reading: This is last year's Newbery winner and I am reading all the Newberys.
The Feast of All Souls, I ran from my tutor -
Latin and grammar - no wonder!
Comments: A collection of monologues/soliloquies written to be performed by middle grade students. Each monologue tells the tale of an individual child from the middle ages. Footnotes are presented in sidebars and a few non-fiction factual pieces explain various medieval customs and history. The book is gorgeously illustrated with medieval-type illustrations in ink and watercolour. The design of the book is also very visually pleasing with coloured ribbon sidebars on every page.
While I found this book very pretty, the text did nothing for me. The majority of the monologues are written in verse (some even rhyming) which was very tedious to read and frankly, boring. I can't imagine watching a play that consists of a bunch of monologues to be very entertaining either. I enjoy both historical fiction and books that take place in the middle ages but this book was just not my thing.