To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

A Chooseable-path Adventure

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The greatest work in English literature, now in the greatest format of English literature: a chooseable-path adventure! William Shakespeare's Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. Now it's up to you to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father's death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page!
Publisher: [Brooklyn, New York] : Breadpig, Inc., 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780982853740
Characteristics: 740 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 14, 2020

This modernized, ridiculous adaptation of arguably Shakespeare's greatest work appeals to both teenagers looking for a break from the Bard's opaque and at times dense writing as well as those more familiar and more well versed (pun absolutely intended) with Shakespeare's repertoire. The book provides hours of fun, whether the reader takes the traditional paths that Hamlet, Ophelia, and King Hamlet's Ghost took in the original play or veers completely off course by making outlandish choices. The illustrations add to the hilarity and the modernization of the work.

bkilfoy Sep 19, 2016

A riff on Hamlet and choose your own adventure books, North plays with Shakespeare's classic and makes it uproariously funny. Beginning with your initial choice of being Ophelia, Hamlet, or Hamlet's father, there's plenty of entertaining endings to explore. Whether it's Ophelia ditching Hamlet and fighting terrorists on her vacation or Hamlet actually killing Claudius instead of dithering or Hamlet Sr. figuring out just how to be a ghost, there's plenty of different ways to explore the plot that are more or less faithful to the original play. Fun and funny, this is a great book to flip through or to systematically explore every possible way of dying (or living) you can get. Honourable mention to the gorgeous illustration pages included on the end pages for every story arc as they're beautiful and done by a wide variety of artists (including personal favourites Kate Beaton and Noelle Stevenson).

Aug 29, 2016

The story is written at a junior high school level. The gimmick of the choose-your-own-path didn't have any value for me. A waste of time.

Jul 19, 2016

Just so charming. A delightful book. Especially for lovers of Shakespeare and choose your own adventure books.

Jul 05, 2014

A highly clever and comedic choose-your-own-adventure novel from the mind of Ryan North. The narrative of this book is extremely cheerful and hilarious, delivering biting and accurate commentary and criticism pertaining to Hamlet's plot and characters. The humor is intended for younger audiences, clearly, as is the same with almost all of Ryan North's books. I believe a young adult or teenager with a love of (or at least familiarity with) Hamlet could get the maximum enjoyment out of this novel.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Apr 14, 2020

KWhite190 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Aug 02, 2018

brookelan03 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 80

Jul 05, 2014

emmilee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 35


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PPL

To Top