Romeo & Juliet (The Young Reader's Shakespeare Series)

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The latest entry in a successful new series.

"Are you Romeo, and a Montague?"
"Neither, fair maid, if either you dislike."
Juliet smiled.

This wonderfully contemporary retelling features enticing art on nearly every page and provides an excellent introduction to the story. Written by an outstanding scholar in simple, eloquent language, it will draw youngsters in with superb dialogue, and vivid description. The skillful blending of Shakespeare's...

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Overview

The latest entry in a successful new series.

"Are you Romeo, and a Montague?"
"Neither, fair maid, if either you dislike."
Juliet smiled.

This wonderfully contemporary retelling features enticing art on nearly every page and provides an excellent introduction to the story. Written by an outstanding scholar in simple, eloquent language, it will draw youngsters in with superb dialogue, and vivid description. The skillful blending of Shakespeare's own lines with modern language enhances children's involvement and comprehension. There's background on Shakespeare and the play; answers to FAQs such as “Isn’t Juliet too young to be married?” and a “Who's Who” of the characters. Young Reader's Shakespeare is a powerful visual and reading experience.

A prose retelling of William Shakespeare's play about two young people who fall in love despite their families' age-old feud. Includes background information, character summary, and commonly asked questions.

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Children's Literature
This rich retelling of the classic story of star-crossed lovers has plenty of room in 96 pages to include details and nuances. The reader will gain an understanding of the plot that should make Shakespeare's own words easier and more pleasurable to read and understand. Mr. McKeown explains in his introduction that Shakespeare did not develop in as much detail many of the characters and scenes in Romeo and Juliet as he did in his more mature works. Thus much is left to the reader's imagination. To fill in those details, Mr. McKeown has drawn heavily on various productions he has seen and on discussions with colleagues and students. He reminds readers that it is their own perspectives that allow Shakespeare's plays to speak to the world we live in. McKeown suggests that, when studying the original, readers remember this book to see how their interpretations differ. Among this book's excellent features set this it apart are a list of who's who in the play, an index, and answers to questions such as why Juliet has a nurse and why the play is set in Italy instead of England. Mr. McKeown has taught Shakespeare and Renaissance culture and has also retold Hamlet. This book in "The Young Reader's Shakespeare" series is evocatively illustrated with misty watercolors. The artist has received more than 55 distinguished awards for work created for a wide variety of clients. 2004, Sterling Publishing Company, Ages 10 up.
—Janet Crane Barley
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-McKeown starts out slowly in this prose retelling, but quickly picks up the pace and carries readers along using entertaining language studded with Shakespeare's own words. Like the best movie and theater productions, this book leads readers to hope-even though they know the ultimate outcome-that everything will work out. Even though this version offers some interesting information about the play and about Shakespeare, it succeeds most in offering the story for readers' enjoyment. The endnotes include frequently asked questions, a list of characters and their relationships, and an index. The illustrations appear to be ink sketches colored in with watercolor. Only a few of them rise above the ordinary. Michael Rosen's Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick, 2003) is for the same age range, but is more closely linked to the play. Bruce Coville's William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Dial, 1999) is for a younger audience but is equally enjoyable. McKeown retells the story as a novel with chapter divisions and no reference to the play within the text. If you have Rosen's retelling, you probably do not need this one, but it does capture the feeling of the original.-Carol Durusau, Newton County Public Library, Covington, GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Adam McKeown has taught Shakespeare, Renaissance culture, and writing at New York University, Clarkson University, and Princeton, and is currently a professor at Adelphi University in Long Island.
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