Today, I found a lovely little seven-volume set of Shakespeare in miniature. The set includes Henry V, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Learn, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III. Each book is only about an inch high by 3/4 inch wide and the set comes with its own tiny bookshelf. I found this amazing set in, of all places, a candy store.
That’s right. A candy shop. Anything really can be anywhere!
Here’s one of the books. I love how the face of Shakespeare, that literary giant, fits perfectly on this tiny little book:
Actually, this isn’t really a book at all; it’s packaging for Shakespearean Insult Gum. Here’s a photo of the complete set:
And here’s the back of the set, which explains that there are two gumballs inside each “book” and a genuine Shakespearean insult (“Thy breath stinks with eating toasted cheese.”) printed on the inside of each book.
Why oh why didn’t I know about this when I used to teach high school English? My students would have thought this gum hilarious and would have hurled Shakespearean insults at one another all day long.
Get your own Shakespearean insult gum here.
See you in the stacks!