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By the Bard

April 23rd 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it is also the 452nd anniversary of his birth! To honor the man, there are a list of books with titles containing a word that didn't appear in written language until it appeared in a Shakespeare play!

When Royals Wore Ruffles

A Funny & Fashionable Alphabet!
Chesley McLaren (2009)

An alphabet book for young fashionistas, covering snippets of fashion history. For instance "K is for the King's Knickers and Knees" which then goes on to explain about the Peacock Age, where men's fashion was more dominant and flashier than women's. - The word Fashionable first appeared in Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene III.


The Brick Chronicle Presents Attempts on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents 
Brendan Powell Smith (2013)

If you wish to learn more on the history of the twelve US presidents who either had attempted assassinations or where assassinated, than this is the book for you. If you want to learn via LEGO this book is absolutely for you! - The word Assassination first appeared in Macbeth, Act I, Scene VII.

Lunch Lady

10, Lunch Lady and the School-wide Scuffle
Graphic Novel

Jarrett Krosoczka (2014)

There are hero's in the least likely places, even the women who serve school lunches can save the day! - The word Scuffle first appeared in Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Scene I.

QR Codes Kill Kittens

How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive your Business Into the Ground
Scott Stratten (2014)

QR Codes Kill Kittens effectively communicates the blunders and outright failures of some companies and their desperate attempts to integrate technology into their communication strategy towards customers. - The word Dishearten first appeared in Henry V, Act IV, Scene I.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Eyeball DVD (2008)

The amazing and incomparable bow tie wearing Bill Nye teaches us about the eyeball. - The word Eyeball first appeared in The Tempest, Act I, Scene II.


Volume 1, The Manager

Graphic Novel
Matt Kindt (2013)

Mind MGMT is a government agency of spies, formed as World War I was coming to an end, who have psychic abilities. - The word Manager first appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V, Scene I.


Lucie Idlout (2009)

Swagger, is the the Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2010, and the second Lucie Idlout album. - The word Swagger first appeared in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Scene I. 


DVD (2013)

When you make a deal, you'd better make sure you get all the details down, because as they say, the devil's in the details! - The word Bedazzled first appeared in the Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene V.

Half-blood Blues

Esi Edugyan (2011)

Jazz musician Sid Griffiths has lived a long life and seen plenty from his pre-WWII days in Berlin. For a black musician, that period was a dangerous time, but the opportunity to meet the great Louis Armstrong, who happened to be touring in France, was too important to Sid and his band members to miss. - The word Half-blood first appeared in King Lear, Act V, Scene III.

If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute

Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You
Nick Galifianakis (2010)

With dead-on observations If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute perfectly capture the weird, confusing, and exciting world of interpersonal relationships. - The word Uncomfortable first appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene V.

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