Romeo & Juliet: A Graphic Novel
Romeo & Juliet: A Graphic Novel
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Annotation: Graphic novel adaptation of William Shakespeare's play about young lovers in Verona whose families' feud leads to tragedy.
Catalog Number: #4995759
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Capstone
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Cabrera, Eva,, Gonzalez, Jorge,
Pages: 77 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-434-22563-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-434-22563-4
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 2011008261
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Powell's retelling of the classic play simplifies the story for below-level readers without overly truncating the plot, and he makes sure to include some of the famous lines spoken by Romeo and Juliet. Meanwhile, Cabrera's art is expressive and befits the romantic quality of the story. The book includes explanations of Shakespeare's language, a brief history behind the play, a short biography of Shakespeare, discussion questions, and writing prompts for classroom use. This entry in the Shakespeare Graphics series provides a good introduction to the play for younger learners as well as an aid for struggling readers.
School Library Journal
YOMTOV, Nel , retel. A Midsummer Night's Dream . colored by Fares Maese. illus. by Berenice Mu&1;iz. ISBN 978-1-4342-2605-1 ; ISBN 978-1-4342-3449-0 . ea vol: 88p. (Shakespeare Graphics Series). Stone Arch . 2011. PLB $26.65; pap. $6.95. LC number unavailable. Gr 6 Up&12; There is no shortage of graphic-novel adaptations of Shakespeare for teens. Often the process of rendering the language accessible will strip the text of its beauty, the result becoming noticeably awkward. This version of Romeo &; Juliet has suffered such a fate, with numerous narration boxes standing in for expository dialogue and lines like "I'll try to like him, Mother, and hope in getting to know him that he will inspire my love." A teen-friendly, expressive illustration style makes this book easier to look at than to read. With its broad comedy and frenetic activity, Midsummer Night's Dream fares better. The drawing style is manga-inspired: characters have big eyes and hair, exaggerated expressions, and a lot of teeth. Color palettes and backgrounds are harmonious, with appropriate color distinctions between the magical forest scenes and Theseus's palace. Occasional editing gaffes undermine the effort, but all in all, these are serviceable graphic-novel adaptations.&12; Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Word Count: 2,879
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 145344 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN450L

The tragic story of two star-crossed lovers from different worlds comes to life in graphic novel format. Romeo, from the Montague family, and Juliet, of the Capulet clan, fall deeply in love at first sight. Fearful of punishment from their respective factions, the two teens keep their love hidden from everyone. However, when their commitment to each other is exposed, it adds more fuel to the heated family feud between the Capulets and Montagues and puts their love and their lives at risk.


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