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Over two million Shakespeare Shorts sold! Discover the world of Shakespeare with this collection of brilliant stories - perfect for readers of all ages.When Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked ball it's love at first sight. But their families are sworn enemies, and the very next day a deadly brawl breaks out between the Montagues and Capulets. Young Romeo is caught up in theOver two million Shakespeare Shorts sold! Discover the world of Shakespeare with this collection of brilliant stories - perfect for readers of all ages.When Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked ball it's love at first sight. But their families are sworn enemies, and the very next day a deadly brawl breaks out between the Montagues and Capulets. Young Romeo is caught up in the fighting and as punishment is banished from the city - and sent away from Juliet for ever... A beautiful retelling of Shakespeare's most famous love story....

Title : Romeo and Juliet
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ISBN : 9781841213361
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Number of Pages : 63 Pages
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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

  • Sara Kamjou
    2018-09-24 12:45

    شکسپیر تو داستان رومئو و ژولیت حد اعلا و جنون‌آمیز دو هیجان عشق و نفرت رو به تصویر کشیده.از اونجایی که از دید من عشق بدون شناخت و هیجانی یه جور جنون و هیجان خالصه، این داستان برای من چندان عاشقانه نبود، بلکه بیشتر جنون‌آمیز به نظر میومد.با این حال اینکه نفرت بی‌پایه و اساس دو خانواده می‌تونه چه عواقبی داشته باشه می‌تونه در حکم یه تلنگر اثرگذار باشه.

  • J. White
    2018-10-18 13:37

    This book is a close five star..Romeo and Juliet is a brilliant book and I'm hoping to read more books in this series.Highly recommended to Shakespeare lovers!

  • Katie
    2018-10-06 06:57

    This version of Romeo and Juliet is a great read for KS2 children and introduces them to one of the most famous plays ever written. The story contains all the main parts from the play, including two famous quotes as well as detailed illustrations. My year 6 class read this version while on SBT 1 and really enjoyed it. We focused on the story for three weeks as it provided a lot of opportunity for many activities:-We compared the language in the story and the play and the children were taught some basics of Shakespearean language. -We compared the language/plot/setting/characters in the fight scene in this story to the play and to both of the films which really engaged all the pupils, especially the boys in the class. -We worked on character analysis which involved hot seating and role play. -We looked at the morals and themes of the story, focusing on love vs hate. -We looked at Diary writing from the perspective of both Juliet and Romeo.-We wrote a modern adaption of a scene from the story.-We looked at the death scene of the 1996 version of the film and focused on the mise en scene. The children in my class were level 5 and 6 and although they enjoyed the story I think the language was too simple for them, it would have been better if it had contained more of the original quotes as the children in my class were eager to read and interpret them. I think this version would best suit year 4 or low/mid ability year 5.

  • Den
    2018-09-20 06:33

    I went to see a couple of Shakespeare plays the other month at the theatre performed by the theatrical group 'Propellor' and I really enjoyed them - especially since I hated Shakespeare at school and even at university didn't understand why I needed to study him. Anyway I found these books in a cupboard at school and although they are only the children's version of his plays I thought I would give them a go ... and I am finding I am enjoying them. The illustrations and language (not Shakespearian) will make it appeal to more people.Although I had heard of this play, as I have of many others, I did not know much about it. Romeo and Juliet fall deeply in love but have to keep their love secret as they are from feuding families. Romeo gets caught up in a fight with her cousin and he dies. Romeo as a punishment gets banished from the kingdom. Juliet is then told she must marry someone else and the friar hatches a cunning plan: Juliet is to drink a sleeping potion which will make her appear dead but two days later will awaken. A letter will be sent to Romeo explaining all this .... unfortunately he never recieves the letter and truely believes Juliet is dead so poisons himself, whereas she then wakes and on seeing his dead form stabs herself!Another tragedy!

  • Tanzina
    2018-09-23 14:43

    This abridged version of Romeo and Juliet is an excellent read for upper KS2 children. It introduces them to one of the greatest love stories written. Shakespeare weaves together two of the greatest emotions; love and hate. The hatred between the two families, the Capulet and the Montague’s costs the life of Romeo and Juliet. At this point, the families are united by another powerful emotion of grief. The story provides readers with a very important moral, which is that in a world of hate, happiness can never prevail. This could be used to link in with History and current affairs on the war and violence. In this story, Shakespeare shows readers, how strangely love and hate are alike, in that they make people act without thinking, which is very true even in today’s society. The story could also be linked to Literacy, where children may write their own versions, or even write their own endings. This could perhaps be used as a speaking and listening assessment, where children discuss their choices and read out their work to the class. I believe children would enjoy reading this, as this story has become iconic, particularly the characters of Romeo and Juliet.

  • Angela Treacy
    2018-09-27 10:55

    This book is a children’s version of the classic Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. The book uses accessible child-friendly English to retell the story of the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues in Verona and how Romeo and Juliet must overcome this in order to be together. The tale is that of tragedy and takes a sad turn when lines of communication fail after Romeo is banished from Verona and news reaches him that Juliet has passed away.I enjoyed reading this book as the illustrations and language used told the story in good detail without the use of old English. The descriptions and use of adjectives and adverbs in the story would broaden the vocabulary of the children for use in their own story writing.I think that this book would be a good introduction to Shakespeare for primary aged children and that activities used around the story could slowly introduce some quotes from the original text to get children accustomed to the style that Shakespeare wrote in.

  • Niamh Ryan
    2018-09-19 11:37

    I love Romeo and Juliet already, but this book I found fantastic and would be suited for an age range 9- 11 years. It is a simplified version of Shakespeare's tale and it would be a great introduction for a primary school classroom as it would prepare the children to study Shakespeare in later years. This book is fantastic in that it uses accessible child friendly English to portray the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. The story conveys a world famous love story and combines romance and literacy education in one. After reading this book it encourages you to follow the work of William Shakespeare which would be fantastic for a class group to engage with. As a reader you get enthralled with the relationship of Romeo and Juliet and the children would soon find this book hard to put down. It would also make for an exciting drama lesson.

  • Claire Russell
    2018-09-29 06:36

    This version of Romeo and Juliet is an abridged version of the original Shakespeare. It contains the majority of the famous phrases from the original, but misses out 'Romeo, Romeo where for art thou Romeo'. The book begins with a cast list, together with some great illustrations so the division between the Capulets and the Montague's can be easily understood. It finishes with two information sections, one on love and hate in Romeo and Juliet and one on Shakespeare and the Globe theatre. It's being used in my Year 4 class in Literacy. All the children are engaged in the book, mainly because of the fight scenes as they find the love scenes a bit too funny! It's been used to increase their vocabulary and punctuation knowledge, but most of all for them to plan and write an eye witness account of the fight between Romeo and Tybalt.

  • Margaret Prempeh
    2018-09-25 06:53

    I must say I didn't think it would be possible to re-tell the classic story in a short book without without missing all the important bits. I think this is an excellent way of introducing young readers to Shakespeare.For those who have not yet read or heard of Romeo and Juliet, the story is set in Verona, Italy and is about two families who don't get on - the Montagues (Romeo's family) and the Capulets (Juliet's family). Romeo and Juliet meet despite all of this and get married a day after meeting at a family party. The story does have a tragic ending but as a result, both families end up resolving their issues in the end.It's written in story format and is very easy to follow with lovely illustrations throughout the book. It's definitely most suited to KS2 children. I really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend this to be used for guided reading.

  • Jessica Harper
    2018-10-13 13:34

    This book is fantastic for a young reader, I would recommend 9/10. I used this book as a resource in the classroom for a literacy/dram activity last year and the children loved it!The author uses fantastic language to transform Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and bring it to a level that a junior reader would understand. It such a short book it shows every aspect from the so very famous play and is a great into to Shakespeare at Primary level, the way it is written demonstrates every theme that Shakespeare intended to be shown through Rome and Juliet. A must read.

  • Realini
    2018-09-23 12:33

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at:- and nothing can be said about Romeo and Juliet except that it is sublime.But then there are different adaptations.The last one was broadcast a couple of days ago.On National Television.The director is a respected and acclaimed personality.I used to see her plays, about thirteen years ago.After a fervor of seeing anything interesting on the stages of the capital, a drought followed.Interrupted now, albeit indirectly, through the medium of TVR2.The odds are not excellent this far.Ever since routine that I hope will be transformed into a ritual was started, only one in four dramatizations proved worthwhile.Romeo and Juliet was another misfire.And yet, the play is an established chef d'oeuvre.Catalina Buzoianu is a distinguished director.- What could go wrong?Well, for one thing, you can't treat Shakespeare and especially the major plays with anything but utmost respect.And I dare say it is really hard to rise up to such a dizzying level.It is difficult to breathe on the Everest.- What I am saying?- It is actually impossible if you are not a Sherpa.The same applies for Romeo and Juliet.Actors lacking talent need not apply.I must add that I was not keen on Zeffirelli' perspective.And not even the presence of Leonardo do Caprio and Claire Danes could not prevent a modern transfer to the big screen from being only ordinary or worse.In my opinion.The actors and actresses present in the local production have a rather good image in the land.But Adrian Pintea was not the Romeo that I expected.I don't even know his partner's name, but she was lackluster.One other major flaw that I saw- except for casting and weird view- is the attempt to offer something different.Original at all costs.Understandable intent, after all, why do the same thing all over again?But disastrous nevertheless.Again, maybe only for this viewer.Others might have cherished the whole kerfuffle.Maybe twenty years ago, I was enraptured by the modern take on Richard III, as offered by Richard Dreyfuss in The Goodbye Girl.I thought it sensational, stupefying.Age might be a factor here.For a mature man, a more conservative take on Shakespeare is probably more enticing than one where the couple have to fight in the ghettos.The presence of Florin Calinescu was another major turnoff.Albeit in his prime, the actor has so much baggage now, he is so pretentious, narcissistic and passé that his mere participation in a minor, supporting role made me want to look out of the TV box.But, in the words of probably the greatest writer of them all:- "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"It is a mistake to look at the shortcomings of a lackluster take and not see the magic of the play.

  • Francesca Ferronato
    2018-09-21 13:37

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare told by Andrew Matthews is a great way of starting out with Shakespeare's work. Matthews beautifully words Shakespeare's Classic Novel. It is a wonderful story about forbidden love and dying for love. It is a romantic yet depressing story that is known and loved by many people across the world. In my opinion it is a novel that everyone should read at some point.

  • Saket Kr
    2018-10-03 14:36

    It may seem a bit childish, but I bought this illustrated version of this classic play. And of course, loved it. No matter how many times you read this one, it always gives you than pinch of sadness, though it may sound cliche to many. It's like you can read this one in 15 minutes. Yep. And it's fun. :D

  • Marie
    2018-09-25 06:47

    4.5 starsI want to read more Shakespeare's but didn't know where to start so I bought the kids versions of his works. They are easy to understand and have some nice illustrations to look at, plus the covers are in my opinion so cute. I have read the original of Romeo and Juliet on more than one occasion and it is one of my favourite plays both to read and watch!

  • Abby
    2018-10-05 08:47

    I got this book to use with my students who struggle with the original text version. While some important details are left out, I think it can still provide a good general summary. I also appreciate that while it retells the story using approachable language, it doesn't have some child-friendly alternate ending that might undermine the themes of the work.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-09 06:45

    Obviously the real deal deserves a 5 star review, but it’s hard to think that *any* summaried/simplified version could ever do it justice. That said, they did a pretty good job making it a quick and easy read and my 6 year old enjoyed the story.

  • MAK KA
    2018-10-15 10:50

    I think this story is talk about love and sad. The version of this story was simplified a lot, maybe this story is for child to read so the content of the story may be a little bit boring,because it didn't detailed to tell us the relationship between Romeo , Juliet and their parents.

  • Michelle Mackenzie
    2018-09-28 10:34

    Not as interesting as I thought

  • Leanne
    2018-10-09 07:57

    This is a story I read when I was at school but I enjoyed revisiting in this vision.

  • Helena Spiteri
    2018-10-03 13:55

    Romeo and Juliet A Shakespeare Story is my third book review. It is a simplified narrative version of the tragic play. It opens in the house of the Capulet’s at the time of a great party. Romeo arrives and upon seeing Juliet he falls for her at once. But Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, and their two families are arch enemies. When he first sees her he is not aware that she is a Capulet. Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, sees Romeo and threatens him. Lord Capulet intervenes and reminds his nephew of the law of the land, which decrees fighting between the two families is forbidden and punishable by death! Juliet too finds herself drawn to Romeo “like a moth to a flame”. Later, on the instruction of her nurse, Juliet departs and goes to see her mother. Romeo asks the nurse if she knows who Juliet is, and to Romeo’s dismay he finds that Juliet is Lord Capulet’s daughter. Romeo hides in the Capulet garden and watches Juliet from her balcony. Juliet doesn't know that he is there at first and, talking to herself, sighs “How can I be in love with someone I ought to hate?” She is shocked and embarrassed when he replies. They have only just met, but they know they love each other, and so Romeo proposes and Juliet accepts.The following day they are married by Friar Lawrence in secret. Romeo goes to meet his friends Mercutio and Benvolio. Tybalt appears and teases Romeo, which leads to a fight breaking out between Tybalt and Mercutio. Mercutio is fatally wounded and dies. Romeo's grief at his friend's death quickly turns to rage and he kills Tybalt. Romeo is banished from the kingdom. In despair Juliet seeks Friar Lawrence who comes up with a plan. He gives her a tiny bottle of liquid that will send her into a deep sleep. He explains that everyone will think she is dead. She will be placed in the Capulet tomb, but will awaken alive and well in two days time, and then be re-united with Romeo. Tragically though things do not go as planned and thinking Juliet is really dead Romeo takes his own life beside his love. When Juliet awakes and sees Romeo dead she also takes her life so they can be re-united in death. With the death of Romeo and Juliet, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague decide to end their rift. The story ends with the famous quote from the play “There was never a story of more woe than this of Juliet and Romeo.”I like this book because although the plot is highly simplified it is still fairly accurate to the play, it has good illustrations to enhance characterisation and it has chapters on love and hate and information on the Globe Theatre. It is suitable for children in Years 4, 5 and 6. Teachers could ask children to discuss the genre of tragedy and identify the central theme of love and hate. The book also links into the history topic of the Tudors studied in Year 4. Children could write a timeline of the life and times of William Shakespeare. They could talk about the Globe theatre and the different types of audience it attracted both rich and poor, and how in Elizabethan theatre all female parts were played by young boys.

  • Liliana
    2018-10-05 14:54

    ****Warning - this review contains spoilers!!!1. My favorite character in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is Juliet. I like her as a character because she is not easily offended and not much seems to bother her. Also, Juliet is kind and beautiful with the kind of beauty that seems to fills her body and heart. I believe she is described as the prettiest character that I have ever read in any book or story. And, my Mom - she’s obsessed with Fairy Tales and has read us way too many! Juliet seems to be the idea girl, a true role model in her behavior. Until, of course she ends up dead. But, mad love makes lovers do crazy things, like die for each other. She literally seems like someone that I would want to be best friends with. 2. The story was not very surprising because I have heard of it many times. However, I do think that is very shocking that they got married the day they had met. How can that be? It’s not real love. At least it doesn’t seem like it to me. I think you have to get to know someone before getting married It seems reckless and kind of crazy for them to get married right away. At first it seems to be more of a fake love, like in Frozen. But, by the end it seems to be real because they care so much about each other they decided that they could not live without being together.3. If I could change the ending I would have made it more happier. I would make sure that Romeo received the note from Friar Lawrence. If Romeo had received the note than he would not have killed himself, and then Juliet would not have died by his side. In my happier ending Romeo and Juliet would have been able to be in love and get married. Romeo and Juliet’s love and success in marriage would have shown everyone else that the families could stop fighting each other. However, the good part is the that the enemy families did stop fighting because the love of Romeo and Juliet helped them to find peace and they built beautiful golden statues of the lovers. It makes me happy because they ended the war between their to families when they died.

  • Sara
    2018-09-21 11:37

    Loved this book. Tried reading the original but it's hard to understand. I didn't really like the pictures though. But this book is strangely addictive. Set in Verona Italy Juliet Capulet & Romeo Montague meet at a masked ball and fall deeply in love but their families are bitter enemies. After they marry the next day Juliet's cousin Tybalt challenges Romeo and Romeo kills him. The Prince of Verona forbade anymore fighting between the two feuding families so Romeo gets exiled. Juliet is heartbroken and her family wants her to marry Count Paris. So Friar Laurence gives her a potion in which will make her fall into a deep sleep and there will be no sign of life. He then tells someone to send a letter to Romeo explaining the plan but he never gets it. He returns back to Verona in secret and finds Juliet and believes she's really dead and kills himself by drinking poison. She then wakes up and finds him dead so she kills herself with his dagger. Keep the tissues handy cause this as you know dosen't end happily. Also check out the trailer for the 2013 film adaption starring Hailee Steinfield & Douglas Booth.

  • Claire jobbins
    2018-10-16 12:57

    This book ( and it's entire collection of Shakespeare stories - amazon box set , very cheap!) is an absolutely perfect book to get children of any age into the works of William Shakespeare. I remember reading it as a child ad getting so hooked that I read the rest of them and that is when I fell in love with the writings of Shakespeare. It is a relatively easy book to read as the writing is adapted and modified for children to read and the story itself is very short, however, it provides an excellent introduction to the work of Shakespeare and tells the story in a short, yet very detailed and descriptive way.

  • Beth
    2018-09-20 08:55

    Re-read this version with a couple of children in my class. I preferred another children's version retelling but can't remember what that's called. This one doesn't go into too much detail so is accessible to independent reading in Y6 (and younger) but from a teaching point of view, the other text was richer. I'll find out what that other one's called.(September 2017)_____November 2014: I really enjoy the adaptations of Shakespeare as it allows even young children to be introduced into the world of Shakespeare.

  • ضهرا درعلی
    2018-10-01 11:55

    داستان و موضوعش رو دوست نداشتم،هنوزم معتقدم شکسپیر و امیلی برونته و و و برای دوره ی خودشون شاهکار حساب میشدن و قابل تحسین بودن.باتوجه به معروف بودن کارهای شکسپیر کمتر کسی هست که علاقه نداشته باشه اونارو خونده باشه و از موضوعشون اگاهی داشته باشه.کتاب متن های اصلی شکسپیر رو که گرفتم اصلا نتونستم باهاش کنار بیام،نثرش رو دوست نداشتم،به شدت طولانی و کسل کننده بود برام ولی بازم علاقه داشتم بدونم چی میگذره تو داستان ها و نمایشنامه های شکسپیر،و این کتاب خیلی کمک کرد بهم و یک دیدکلی نسبت به موضوع ها بهم داد.با لحن طنز و جذاب تا حدودی و به صورت خلاصه.باتشکر فراوان از اندرو جان :دی

  • Alyssa
    2018-09-27 14:00

    This book is great for kids my age and younger. I believe this because it is one of the most famous stories in the world by William Shakespeare, and this author has been clever and able to put into a small readable book for children and teens so they can read a famous and ancient story but still be able to understand the words and content.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-03 12:37

    I hate romeo & juliet. The fact they commit suicide for the sake of love instead of staying alive and carrying on with each others' memories just pisses me off. Because what they did was so weak and cowardly it is disgusting.

  • Brittany Jones
    2018-09-20 14:42

    this book was really goo i thought because i really like the romantic back groung of it and how this book tells you that if you are in love nothing can take that away from you and nothing will stop you from having what you seek to find.

  • selda
    2018-09-20 09:48

    So Much love

  • Karen
    2018-09-28 10:49

    Ellie read for her 15min Read-Aloud-Revival challenge..krb 5/31/16