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y separately published work icon Just Macbeth! single work   children's fiction   children's   humour  
Is part of The Just Series Andy Griffiths , 1992 series - author children's fiction
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Just Macbeth!
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'Take one Shakespearean tragedy: Macbeth.

'Add Andy, Danny and Lisa - the Just trio, whose madcap exploits have already delighted hundreds of thousands of readers for the last ten years.

'Mix them all together to create one of the most hilarious, most dramatic, moving stories of love, Whizz Fizz, witches, murder and madness, from the bestselling and funniest children's author in Australia.' (From the publisher's website.)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 7 (NSW Stage 4)

Themes

ambition, guilt and forgiveness, humour, loyalty, trust, trust and betrayal

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Literacy

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  • Also dyslexic edition
  • Also large print.

Works about this Work

Adaptations for Young Audiences : Critical Challenges, Future Directions Robyn McCallum , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: International Research in Children's Literature , December vol. 9 no. 2 2016; (p. 197-214)

'Historically, literary sources have always provided a rich resource for film narratives, meaning that the history of cinema is closely intertwined with the history of film adaptation. Children’s literature in particular has been a favoured source of represented narratives. Some of the earliest film adaptations were of children’s texts, many of which have been readapted multiple times. Adaptation studies has been a growth area of scholarly research and debate for at least five decades. However, despite the close imbrication of the film industry and children’s literature since the early twentieth century, few adaptation scholars have turned their attention to the rich resource that children’s and youth culture provides. This paper surveys dominant shifts in approaches to adaptation, in particular the shift from ‘fidelity criticism’ to a dialogic intertextual approach; the recent move back to a modified form of ‘fidelity criticism’; and the cultural work that has thus far been achieved in the field of adaptation studies and children’s and youth culture. In doing so it examines the critical challenges faced by scholars in the field and the potent possibilities future scholarship might pursue.'

Source: Edinburgh University Press.

Happy 450th Birthday Mr William Shakespeare Jo Goodman , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 29 no. 1 2014; (p. 10-13)
[Essay] Just Macbeth! Mark Isaacs , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013-;

'Just Macbeth! is Shakespeare like I’ve never read him before. It’s raucous and disgusting, immature and absurd. Kings sing karaoke, there is a time-travel potion made from dog saliva, and children plot regicide for Wizz Fizz rewards. What makes Shakespeare’s collection of works timeless is its ability to be reinterpreted across mediums, regardless of era, culture or language. Macbeth is no different, having been famously reworked countless times. But never have I read the script adapted for a younger audience to include fart jokes and bedwetting. Many Australians may have never read anything written by Shakespeare, let alone seen one of his plays. This book aims to persuade children that they should. While it could easily be seen as cringe-worthy toilet humour, there is a method to the madness (note the Hamlet reference) of Just Macbeth!. Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s interpretation manages to disguise learning as a good time. A really good time.' (Introduction)

Centre Selection Mike Shuttleworth , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , July no. 2 2009; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Kathryn Duncan , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , 1 November no. 71 2009; (p. 29-30)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction
Off the Shelf : Humour Lorien Kaye , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 July 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction
Tragedy Gets the Classic Silly Treatment Angie Schiavone , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction ; Untangling Spaghetti Steven Herrick , 2009 selected work poetry ; The Toilet Kid no. 2 Pat Flynn , 2009 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Fran Knight , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 24 no. 3 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Kathryn Duncan , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , 1 November no. 71 2009; (p. 29-30)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction
Centre Selection Mike Shuttleworth , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , July no. 2 2009; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths , 2009 single work children's fiction
Bard of the Bottom Marc McEvoy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 July 2009; (p. 10-11)
Bard to the Bone Kathy Kizilos , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 July 2009; (p. 22)
Happy 450th Birthday Mr William Shakespeare Jo Goodman , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 29 no. 1 2014; (p. 10-13)
[Essay] Just Macbeth! Mark Isaacs , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013-;

'Just Macbeth! is Shakespeare like I’ve never read him before. It’s raucous and disgusting, immature and absurd. Kings sing karaoke, there is a time-travel potion made from dog saliva, and children plot regicide for Wizz Fizz rewards. What makes Shakespeare’s collection of works timeless is its ability to be reinterpreted across mediums, regardless of era, culture or language. Macbeth is no different, having been famously reworked countless times. But never have I read the script adapted for a younger audience to include fart jokes and bedwetting. Many Australians may have never read anything written by Shakespeare, let alone seen one of his plays. This book aims to persuade children that they should. While it could easily be seen as cringe-worthy toilet humour, there is a method to the madness (note the Hamlet reference) of Just Macbeth!. Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s interpretation manages to disguise learning as a good time. A really good time.' (Introduction)

Adaptations for Young Audiences : Critical Challenges, Future Directions Robyn McCallum , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: International Research in Children's Literature , December vol. 9 no. 2 2016; (p. 197-214)

'Historically, literary sources have always provided a rich resource for film narratives, meaning that the history of cinema is closely intertwined with the history of film adaptation. Children’s literature in particular has been a favoured source of represented narratives. Some of the earliest film adaptations were of children’s texts, many of which have been readapted multiple times. Adaptation studies has been a growth area of scholarly research and debate for at least five decades. However, despite the close imbrication of the film industry and children’s literature since the early twentieth century, few adaptation scholars have turned their attention to the rich resource that children’s and youth culture provides. This paper surveys dominant shifts in approaches to adaptation, in particular the shift from ‘fidelity criticism’ to a dialogic intertextual approach; the recent move back to a modified form of ‘fidelity criticism’; and the cultural work that has thus far been achieved in the field of adaptation studies and children’s and youth culture. In doing so it examines the critical challenges faced by scholars in the field and the potent possibilities future scholarship might pursue.'

Source: Edinburgh University Press.

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