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Romeo and Juliet (edition 1999)

by Bruce Coville, Dennis Nolan (Illustrator)

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Title:Romeo and Juliet
Authors:Bruce Coville
Other authors:Dennis Nolan (Illustrator)
Info:Dial (1999), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 40 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Picturebook Adaptation

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A beautiful and approachable retelling of one of my favorite Shakespearean play! The illustrations truly demonstrate how young Romeo and Juliet are, which is an important aspect many students forget while reading. This is a great resource to introduce the play, review important plot points and characters, or offer a wide scope of a play that takes significant class time. Includes some of the most memorable and significant lines from the play. ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 23, 2014 |
Romeo and Juliet is, arguably to some, inarguably to others, the greatest love story ever told. Bruce Coville and Dennis Nolan's adaptation does nothing to lessen the story's legacy.

As is par for the course with this author/illustrator pairing, Coville strives to keep the heart of the story in tact while Nolan uses Coville's cues to paint beautiful pictures. As compared to other works of theirs, however, one thing is a bit different. The language used here, while still easier to read than Shakespeare himself, is a bit more complex. Still, it's only a minor issue to note. The illustrative quality, on the other hand, has not changed a bit. Nolan's work continues to be top-notch.

As an introduction to the world of Shakespeare or a companion to the play itself, Coville and Nolan's Romeo and Juliet works quite well. ( )
  mdaniel54 | Jan 27, 2013 |
Romeo and Juliet are from feuding families, and they are forbidden to be with each other. This tale of fighting for love is timeless. The illustrations make the story come alive, and the language make it more readable than the play version does. I think every high school English teacher should have this version as a reference for those students who just can't grasp the traditional play version. ( )
  ckarmstr1 | Nov 22, 2011 |
This book is the tragic story of Romeo Motigue and Juliet Capulet. This book is about forbiden love.Romeo fell in love with Rosaline but she didnt love him back. For a while he was sad but his goofy cuzin and his cuzin's friend got him to go to the ball and while he was there he fell in love with Juliet. Tybalt out of anger killed romeo's cuzin and out of anger Romeo killed Tybalt. Out of anger the prince banished Romeo frome fair Verona. Juliet's parents made her wed but she didnt so she drank a fake poison to make her seem dead. The man that gave her that was suposed to send Romeo a letter saying it was fake but he never got it. After hearing about his wifes "death" he made an irational disition by buying posion what will he do???
  Nanette217 | Dec 4, 2009 |
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Once in fair Verona there lived two families who fought for so long that no one could remember why their quarrel first began. Now whenever the Montagues and the Capulets met in the streets, a battle was sure to follow.
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A plague on both of your houses! They have made worms' meat of me.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803724624, Hardcover)

Joining Bruce Coville's earlier prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays is this picture book treatment of the Bard's most popular work ever. The tender story of the young star-crossed lovers from warring families, Romeo and Juliet has moved audiences to tears for four hundred years. And Coville tells it in a way that will surely whet the appetite of young audiences, who will then find even greater enjoyment in the original. As with his earlier adaptations, Coville expertly combines his own dramatic language with key lines from the play. Dennis Nolan, who illustrated Coville's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, contributes stunning paintings, including a gatefold of the famous balcony scene. In addition to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which Publishers Weekly called "A first rate entree to the Bard," Coville also retold The Tempest and Macbeth. Of the latter, School Library Journal said, "Coville's muscular sentences, full of dramatic word choices, make this a good read-aloud." Both Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream were honored as ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults.


@DefNotAHomeo Found fair Juliet. She’s dead, and definitely not faking it! (Didn’t move when I poked her there.) Alas, I must drink this terrible brew.

‘O, I am fortune’s fool!’ Maybe just a tool. And so I die. BTW that other woman I was into before Juliet? Would’ve been a safer bet.

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A simplified prose retelling of Shakespeare's play about two young people who defy their warring families' prejudices and dare to fall in love.

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