Subtitle: A Graphic Novel
By: Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
Illustrated by: Wendy Tan Shiau Wei
Genre: YQE - Educational: English literature
Published by: Hachette Children's Books
Published: 13 Sep 2022
ISBN: 9781445180076


Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet like you've never seen it - or read it - before! Classics in Graphics: Romeo and Juliet has been adapted by expert authors, Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow, and brought to life through the visual talents of illustrator Wendy Tan Shiau Wei. The epic, tragic love story reads like your favourite film on the page - as Death stubbornly hovers over the heads of our star-crossed lovers. Inclusion is at the heart of this series, flinging wide the doors of literature for everyone to enter and understand. Including dyslexia-friendly design on every page, and encouraging readers to see themselves in iconic roles - casting spells, falling in love and winning duels.

Each graphic novel includes pitch-perfect illustrations for presenting the tragic, the romantic, the comedic, the magical, as well as: - snappy simplified text presenting Shakespeare's themes clearly - introductory materials to help set the scene and context of each well-known story - heaps of extra material at the back to keep the learning and fun going, including an exploration of themes in the play, the language, Shakespeare's inspirations, the publication and performance of the play in history, a time line of Shakespeare's life and works, and much more!

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This is a wonderful, visual representation of Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet.

The original play is believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, and is one of Shakespeare's most popular and well-known plays. It is the tragic love story of two young people, Romeo, from the rich and powerful Montague family, and Juliet from the rich and powerful Capulet family. But the two families hate each other—how can they possibly ever be together? This is the classic story of love and hate, with a truly tragic ending.

This retold version will appeal to many students who may have felt intimidated by the original works of Shakespeare. It has fantastic facts about the play, as well as about Shakespeare himself, and a timeline of his life, along with numerous other pieces of information. The story itself is told in an easy to read and visually appealing format.

There is certainly far more to this retelling of this classic than you might think.

It is a perfect read for all secondary students.

Reviewed by Sam