Shakespeare for Squirrels

Morrow. May 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780062434029. $28.99. M
This third book (after The Serpent of Venice) to feature Pocket the Fool in a twisted version of a Shakespeare play has Pocket washed up on the shores of Athens and into a Midsummer’s Night Eve. Drool, his slow-witted apprentice, and Jeff the monkey have also been jettisoned from their pirate ship. Soon, they run into a theater troupe of local craftsmen attempting to rehearse their play for the duke’s wedding. After the troupe is raided by the local guard, Drool is taken into custody, but Pocket manages to evade arrest. To free his apprentice, our fool must solve Puck’s murder, save some fairies from King Oberon, and resolve the problem of the mixed-up lovers. Hilariously wacky adventures ensue as Pocket discovers that there is much more to fairies than meets the eye. In true Shakespearean fashion, Pocket rewrites the wedding play to reveal the murderer and wrap up all other loose ends.
VERDICT Moore’s trademark humor is on full display with his cast of strangely lovable characters. This is Shakespeare with an edge and will not only appeal to Moore’s fans but garner new ones. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

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