BENDER, Michael

Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult

Born in Ottawa, Bender lived in Toronto and Montreal before moving to Vancouver. He enjoys building three-dimensional lamps and is the creator of the Seven Wonders pop-up series. Waiting for Filippo, the story of the great Italian Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi, is his first children’s book (Raincoast Books, 1995).

[BCBW 2003] "Kidlit" "Pop-up"

All the World’s a Stage (Raincoast $24.95)

“All the world’s a stage,” said Shakespeare. “And all the men and women merely pop-ups.”

No doubt, that’s taking too great a liberty with the Bard’s illustrious words; however, pop-ups lend themselves most fittingly to Michael Bender’s biography All the World’s a Stage (Raincoast $24.95). The 16th century pop-ups feature market day in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford (a crossroads stop often visited by travelling actors); the circular Globe Theatre; and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.

Readers learn only males were permitted on stage; the female roles were filled by young boys. A mid-afternoon flag raised high above the Globe Theatre stage announced the play was about to begin. A white flag meant comedy; black, tragedy; and red, history—as seen in Shakespeare in Love.
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