Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

ISBN: 1844285200
ISBN 13: 9781844285204
By: Michael Rosen William Shakespeare

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About this book

This most famous of love stories is uniquely presented in picture book form for children. The tale is told scene by scene in a simple lively style, with dialogue reproducing Shakespeare's own words so that the most celebrated passages of the play are retained in their original form.

Reader's Thoughts


good but not great. Unfortunately i actually read the play before i saw girls swooning of the Leo Dicaprio version and making references to "leo" rather than romeo.its ok. i found the main characters to be annoying and a little flat, lacking the usual depth of shakespeare's writing. the passion and exasperation of the lovers in some parts is touching though so its not a complete loss.

Lady Darcie

i read this is school and i loved it, the tragic ending was my undoing. what a great writer shakespear is


I taught this to my 9th and 10th grade Special Education students and had a great time. The play is riddled with silliness and inconsistencies, but elicits such great reactions from students it is well worth reading. Every year, as it were.


The pictures in this are beautiful. I love this book. A good version of the play for younger readers, with modern, easy to read text, but the dialogue is still in it's traditionally Shakespearian form.

Dania Roman

this book was really good it was sad at the begining, but I enjoyed it. The begining I taught it was really stupid because the parents of both Romeo and Juliet didnt like eachother because of a ancient hate. after all i loved it some parts were confusing specially the part when the words look so hard to read. but then i got used to it and learned what they meant. My favorite part of the book was when ROmeo tries to kill himself by poison because he taught that his love of his life died, but then that resulted to be a disaster because Juliet wasn't really dead she was faking it , so that he'll be with Romeo. This was an amazing story if I had the cahnce to go back and read it again in my class i will.


The most popular Shakespearan play. I classic tragic love story


that if you realy love someone then you will give up anything and everything for that person.


I would love to be Juliet! I want to know what that feeling of knowing they were ment to be but can't!


I have no idea what they are saying, english is a secound langush for me and the english they use it's old and hard to understand, i guess that it would be a really good book if i knew what they are saying but sence i don't know i will gusst say its ok.


This love story is a classic that everyone should read. It was part of the distance education reading list for Grade 9 English, and it was a joy to study this play. Even if you're not big on Shakespeare or plays in general, you can't help but enjoy this one. It's got a story line that almost everyone can relate to.

Judith Wills

Lovely, obviously. Although, again, better to watch than read - the language drags a bit in the written form, as we are not used to it. Best acted.

Helena Ison

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare will always be one of my top favorite plays/stories! This edition of the book has some of the most breath-taking illustrations I've ever seen in a book up to date. It also has a dictionary that helps beginning Shakespeare readers understand the lingo better!

Helen Pontak

This book is a simple version of Romeo and Juliet. It is an easy read, only about 80 or so pages. It is a good book and it sums up what Romeo and Juliet is. I wouldn't recommend people to read this is if they really want to know the whole story of Romeo and Juliet. As said earlier this is just a summary book made really for children, but does not compare with the real shakespeare version. There are many good illustrations in the book and it is a fun read.

Marianne Søiland

Etter gjennomlesing nok engang, for så å kikke nærmere på teksten og alle de nydelige språklige passasjene, så hoppet boka opp på fem stjerner. Jeg har ikke tidligere vært klar over at det finnes noen perler av noen sonetter "skjult" i teksten. Clever den der Shakespeare, gitt!

Michelle H

Not my favorite Shakespeare, but still worth a read.

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