Illustrated by Jennie Maizels
Text by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

(Hardcover; Walker Books & Candlewick Press; all ages)

“Pop up perfection!”
The Guardian Christmas Gift Guide

“It’s hard to imagine a more entertaining way to get a sense of what these classics are about!”
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
(Read the whole review here

“A fastbreak literary tour…concise and hilarious!”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
(Read the whole review here)

“Wondrous! Buy it for yourself and pretend it’s for the kids…”
Shakespeare Magazine (see full tweet below)

“Our dog chews a lot of pop-up books and she loved yours!”
Scott Simon, National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” (listen to his interview with the authors here)

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“An absolute treat that serves as an accurate if often irreverent introduction to the Bard. Plenty of insights alongside the laughs. An ideal gift book!
The Irish Times (read the whole review here)

“Just, wow…I really can’t speak highly enough of this amazing book. It is so well thought out, so well designed and an absolutely perfect way to introduce Shakespeare to younger audiences.”
Kids’ Book Review (Australia) (read the whole review here)

“Take conciseness to a hilarious–but always respectfully accurate–new dimension.”
Folger Magazine 

“Stunning! Brings Shakespeare to life in a way we don’t experience with the plays!”
Huffington Post (read the whole review here)

“Adults Won’t Want To Share With Their Kids!”
Buzzfeed headline (read the whole article here

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Discover all 39 of Shakespeare’s magnificent plays within artist Jennie Maizels‘ playful cartooning and delightful pop-up castles, forests, and tempests!

The Comedies!
The Histories!

The Tragedies!
The Romances (including the Sonnets)!


“The Reduced Shakespeare Company offers a delightfully irreverent tour of work!”
Publisher’s Weekly (Did we mention it was a starred review?)

“Quite entertaining, even if it is not a long lost Shakespeare play!”
Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library 

A-MAZING! A huge bit of joy for a Shakespeare nerd like myself. So good.”
Samuel Taylor, author of 
My Life with the Shakespeare Cult and co-founder of Chicago’s Back Room Shakespeare Project


Reed, Austin, & Jennie talk about creating the book & answer questions (filmed June 20, 2020)

Authors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor tell you all about it (filmed April 23rd, Shakespeare’s birthday, 2017)!

Flip through the pages of POP-UP SHAKESPEARE with artist Jennie Maizels!


“Minutes of fun!”
Howard Sherman, The Stage (UK)

“The Bard’s complete works as they’ve never been seen before. A spectacular novelty book crammed with jokes, facts, pop-ups and lift-the-flaps.”
The Bookseller

“Highly recommend! Tons of jokes, facts, and gorgeous illustrations!”
Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy For You, and How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare


Hear artist Jennie Maizels talk about the creation of the book here on the RSC Podcast!


Hear authors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor talk about writing the book here!


Hear Walker Books’ Daisy Jellicoe talk about editing the book here!


“My new favorite picture book. A must-read for Shakespeare kids of all ages…the pop-up art alone is AMAZING.”
Nicole Galland, author of I, Iago and (with Neal Stephenson) The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Order from Amazon (UK) here!

Order from Amazon (US) here!

Find online alternatives to Amazon in the US here and in the UK here!

Read Publishers’s Weekly’s starred review here!

Read Kirkus Review’s starred review here!

It’s a wonderful teaching tool!

“Concise, funny, & foldy. Reduced once again gives good Bard.”
Mike McShane, actor/improviser, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

“My kids so enjoyed Pop-Up Shakespeare! Oh, who am I kidding? I haven’t let them near it.”
Louis Bayard, author of Mr. Timothy, Lucky Strikes, and the New York Times obituary for William Shakespeare

“Five stars! Humorous and cheeky… (it) breaks stereotypes of how Shakespeare should be learned or experienced.”
Play Shakespeare
(Read the whole review here!)

“We love this inspired new pop-up book!”
Shakespeare Week

“Finally, the correct format for Shakespeare scholarly discussion. Accessible, funny, illuminating – a fantastic introduction to the Bard’s work.”
Jasper Fforde, author of The Eyre Affair, Something Rotten, and The Last Dragonslayer

Parents are weighing in too!

(Lauren Gunderson is the author of The Book of Will, a comedy about the creation of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and the most-produced playwright in America in 2017-2018!)

If you have a picture of you and/or your child enjoying Pop-Up Shakespeare, tweet it to us @reduced and we’ll post it here!

POP-UP SHAKESPEARE. Text copyright © 2017 by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Jennie Maizels. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, on behalf of Walker Books London.