At the heart of Shakespuss & Co. is a collection of picture books with simplified Shakespeare stories, the first element in what is set to be a worldwide phenomenon.
William Shakespuss is Shakespeare’s cat, and together with his animal friends he enables very young children to learn the basics of the Bard’s plays, from as early as when they are able to be read to, through early reading and onwards. They grow up free from any inbuilt fear about learning Shakespeare, instead they gain a love for the characters, and an understanding of the stories, albeit free from the complexities of subplots. Some of the subplots actually form stories in their own right.
The translation of this loveable cat into a worldwide, licensable character will encourage the young from every country to want to come to Stratford-upon-Avon, whether it be to visit the birthplace of Shakespeare or indeed that of his cat. The book collection is growing, with the aim of it containing at least 25 titles, creating a real children’s library of Shakespeare. In time we shall be producing merchandise, collectibles in many forms both licensed and available from our developing website. With the help of modern technology a virtual reality Shakespuss Trail is planned to interact with children when visiting the town, giving them their own reason to visit, this will be further developed into an online interactive game as an element of the website.