The English language has evolved so much in the 400 years since many of the world’s greatest literary works were written that a huge language barrier has been created. This can be extremely difficult to overcome or thousands of reluctant readers. Help is at hand from an award-winning range of graphic novels that combine classic texts with exciting illustrations to make the experience o reading the classics more like watching a play.
Classical Comics main aim is to bring classic literature to lie, enhancing the enjoyment for the reader by helping them to visualise characters and follow plots more easily. Their graphic novels are illustrated with intricate details in an expressive, engaging style, but the unique difference is each title is available in three different formats to suit the individual’s reading level. While the Original Text version stays true to the literature’s unabridged wording, the Plain Text version is the original script translated into modern day English, and the Quick Text version stays faithful to the author’s intentions but offers the reader the story in reduced and simplified dialogue.
The Classical Comics collection includes books and plays of some of the world’s greatest writers, including William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens. The latest release is a refreshing take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and is set to open up the classic play to a whole new audience.
Classical Comics are already proving to be a huge success in the field of education, receiving glowing reviews from students and teachers alike. The three text versions allow a single class of mixed abilities to work with the same story, with the simplified dialogue of the Quick Text making the books accessible and engaging for younger and even the most reluctant of readers. For teachers, an accompanying study guide is also available or most of their titles including cross-curriculum activities covering English, history, drama and art, suitable for teaching ages 10 to 17 years.
Sales Director of Classical Comics, April Carpenter, became involved with the company when she witnessed the effect the books had on her 10 year old son who has Asperger’s and ADHD: “My son is bright and enjoys reading, but when he had to study A Midsummer Night’s Dream at scholl he was really struggling to maintain an interest. Not wanting him to fall behind, I searched online and found Classical Comics’ version, and it immediately brought the words to life for him. Since then he has independently gone on to read Dracula, A Christmas Carol and Frankenstein. The aim of our books is to help students of all ages and abilities to enjoy great classic literature, just as they have helped my son.”
Some of Classical Comics titles are now being used in prisons to introduce a more creative approach to promoting literacy. They help offenders improve their reading skills, whilst encouraging their appreciation of classical literature. Similarly, for students whose first language is not English, the combination of expressive imagery and simplified language make the Quick Text version very easy to follow.
The first 15 Classical Comics titles are available to buy now, with new titles being added all the time. For further information or to buy the books go to www.classicalcomics.com