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Newly-Launched Book Causes Shakespeare Lovers to Rejoice

JERSEY CITY, N.J., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – In Your Ear Shakespeare announced this week the release of a new book, The Shakespeare Alphabet Book (ISBN: 978-0615804712), by Ehren Ziegler and Shannon Sneedse, illustrated by Judy Ziegler.

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The Shakespeare Alphabet Book pays tribute to the lyrical genius of William Shakespeare. The authors and illustrator have created a fun and unique perspective on Shakespeare from A to Z, pairing each letter with some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, such as: “A is for Ariel, waiting to be released;” and “B is for Bottom, turned into a beast!”

Playful and elegant illustrations bring the characters to life as a menagerie of animals, all whimsically dressed in Elizabethan fashion. Shakespeare aficionados will appreciate some of the book’s more subtle aspects. For example, the Weird Sisters are represented by three birds, which are mentioned in the play Macbeth.

Additionally, a simple index at the back of the book lists the plays in which each character appears.

Overall, the English language is greatly indebted to William Shakespeare. Beyond his timeless plays, he invented more than 1,700 of some of the most commonly used words by changing nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words that were wholly his own. In fact, many of his original phrases are still used in conversation and language today.

“Shakespeare’s plays reached the masses, and were designed to delight audiences of all ages, shapes and sizes,” Ziegler says. “The Shakespeare Alphabet Book is a gentle introduction for the beginner, a fond amusement for the connoisseur and good fun for all.”

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About the Authors

Ehren Ziegler is an actor and artist, specializing in Shakespeare. He studied at U.S. International University, in San Diego, CA, and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. He is the author of Devouring Shakespeare: Five Simple Tools. Currently, he hosts Chop Bard (the cure for boring Shakespeare), a podcast that has been embraced by a worldwide audience of Shakespearean educators and enthusiasts since 2008.

Shannon Sneedse is a New Jersey-based illustrator and graphic designer. She has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the apparel and textile industries in New York City.  She recently illustrated the knitting book, What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit? and currently serves as the resident illustrator for In Your Ear Shakespeare. She is also the producer of the Chop Bard podcast. Her artwork can be found at

About the Illustrator

For the last 40 years, Judy Ziegler has worked as an artist, writing and illustrating children’s books such as, How Do You Raise A Rhino?, Why Do Elephants Wear Purple Suspenders?, Quick, Call Me a Taxi, and Waiter, Do You Serve Lobster? See more of her work at

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