Romeo and Juliet: Campfire Graphic Novel

Overview

A story of ill-fated lovers whose untimely deaths unite two feuding families, Romeo and Juliet has become the archetype of young love destined to meet a tragic end.

The hatred between the House of the Capulets and the House of the Montagues is well known in Verona. Yet love blossoms between Romeo and Juliet. A brawl between the kinsmen of the Houses leads to Romeo's exile, and from then on it is a series of misjudgments and chance - of time, ...

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Overview

A story of ill-fated lovers whose untimely deaths unite two feuding families, Romeo and Juliet has become the archetype of young love destined to meet a tragic end.

The hatred between the House of the Capulets and the House of the Montagues is well known in Verona. Yet love blossoms between Romeo and Juliet. A brawl between the kinsmen of the Houses leads to Romeo's exile, and from then on it is a series of misjudgments and chance - of time, place, and event that inexorably play out the lovers' doom.

One of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, and one of his most performed, Romeo and Juliet is an enduring love story of emblematic proportions. Campfire's adaptation seeks to bring this iconic work of Shakespeare to young readers in a language that is simple yet Shakespearean, and art that movingly recreates a tragic romance of 16th-century feudal Italy.

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Editorial Reviews

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 “I found this to be a very well-written adaptation, true to the original. . . . Well done and attractive . . . This is a perfect introduction to the play.” — Nicola Manning, Back to Books

"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature."

— Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

Kirkus Reviews

A bland, uninspired graphic adaptation of the Bard's renowned love story.

Using modern language, McDonald spins the well-known tale of the two young, unrequited lovers. Set against Nagar's at-times oddly psychedelic-tinged backgrounds of cool blues and purples, the mood is strange, and the overall ambiance of the story markedly absent. Appealing to what could only be a high-interest/low–reading level audience, McDonald falls short of the mark. He explains a scene in an open-air tavern with a footnote—"a place where people gather to drink"—but he declines to offer definitions for more difficult words, such as "dirges." While the adaptation does follow the foundation of the play, the contemporary language offers nothing; cringeworthy lines include Benvolio saying to Romeo at the party where he first meets Juliet, "Let's go. It's best to leave now, while the party's in full swing." Nagar's faces swirl between dishwater and grotesque, adding another layer of lost passion in a story that should boil with romantic intensity. Each page number is enclosed in a little red heart; while the object of this little nuance is obvious, it's also unpleasantly saccharine. Notes after the story include such edifying tidbits about Taylor Swift and " 'Wow' dialogs from the play" (which culls out the famous quotes).

There are certainly better adaptations out there. (Graphic classic. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789380028583
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 593,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born on April 26, 1564 in Warwickshire, England.
The theme of Shakespeare's work tended to be human feelings such as fear, ambition, and jealousy. His most well known works such as Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth thrived on the weaknesses of human emotions. In Romeo and Juliet he would play on the eternally popular theme of the doomed lovers whose parents object to their union.
Although he died in 1616, Shakespeare's enduring popularity shows no sign of weakening. His work is constantly performed with a plethora of yearly stage plays, and the numerous television adaptations and popular Hollywood films released over the years.

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