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30 review for Romeo and Juliet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dusty

    This graphic novelization of Shakespeare's most famous -- but maybe not his best -- play absolutely stunned me. I've already read the play twice and seen I-don't-know-how-many recreations on stage, in film, and on television, and so I confess my expectations for this newer interpretation were quite low. What fresh air could a graphic novel possibly breathe into a story so common it's become a cliche? You'll be surprised. Or at least I was. For one thing, the artwork is fabulous: beautiful, inven This graphic novelization of Shakespeare's most famous -- but maybe not his best -- play absolutely stunned me. I've already read the play twice and seen I-don't-know-how-many recreations on stage, in film, and on television, and so I confess my expectations for this newer interpretation were quite low. What fresh air could a graphic novel possibly breathe into a story so common it's become a cliche? You'll be surprised. Or at least I was. For one thing, the artwork is fabulous: beautiful, inventive, playful, modern. For another, the novel uses modified English that communicates Shakespeare's themes clearly but doesn't water them down. This version of the play will be an exciting tool in my classroom -- already I wish I had bought thirty copies instead of just one -- but more than that, it is a piece of art in itself. When I hit the last page, when the Capulets and the Montagues finally reconciled their age-old rivalry, I felt my eyeballs burn with tears, as though I were reading Romeo & Juliet for the first time. It's that good. Highly recommended, even if you're not an English teacher who, like me, is just looking for stuff to help him teach the play for the first time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Madison Kreber

    This graphic novel version of Romeo and Juliet is wonderful. Because it depicts the tale by combining shakespeare's language with modern day english, it is easy for students to understand. By using this text, students will be able to grasp the storyline of Romeo and Juliet in its play form through pictures. When reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Middle School, it is important to choose a text that they will be able to understand. Because Shakespeare's original language is incredibly conf This graphic novel version of Romeo and Juliet is wonderful. Because it depicts the tale by combining shakespeare's language with modern day english, it is easy for students to understand. By using this text, students will be able to grasp the storyline of Romeo and Juliet in its play form through pictures. When reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Middle School, it is important to choose a text that they will be able to understand. Because Shakespeare's original language is incredibly confusing, this graphic novel version of the play would be of great use in a Middle School class. When teaching Shakespeare, there is a highly performative quality. With Romeo and Juliet, I would have the class read through each act together, with students following along as different characters. Then, after we have read the act, I would break the students up into groups and have each group create their own performance of the act. In doing this, students who enjoy performing will be able to really grasp this lesson, and by putting students in groups, the the fear of performing for some will be limited. After the groups have performed, the students will write a 5 sentence summary (quick write) on the act. In writing the summary, they are practicing their (Blooms) summarizing and synthesizing skills. For each act they will do this, and on a piece of paper they will continuously be adding their summaries as a 'log' that will be collected at the end of the play. Romeo and Juliet relates to the concept of struggle in the sense that the story questions man vs. self and man vs. world, as Romeo and Juliet must choose between their love and their families acceptance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Not the biggest fan, though I've only read one of the No Fear Shakespeare's. It literally has nothing to do with the illustrations or fact that they did it. I guess once you go Shakespeare you can never go back. As an English teacher, the value is apparent as the words are amended to be understandable to anyone, but as I read it, it felt stiff, blatant, and un-Shakespeare-like. Yes, I know that that is the point, which is why it was okay. It does its job. However, it's not something that provide Not the biggest fan, though I've only read one of the No Fear Shakespeare's. It literally has nothing to do with the illustrations or fact that they did it. I guess once you go Shakespeare you can never go back. As an English teacher, the value is apparent as the words are amended to be understandable to anyone, but as I read it, it felt stiff, blatant, and un-Shakespeare-like. Yes, I know that that is the point, which is why it was okay. It does its job. However, it's not something that provides entertainment, rather it serves a purpose as an alternative for those that don't wish to spend brain power on understanding Shakespeare.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Mocha

    This book is great for students who really cannot understand Shakespeare, but you still need to teach the play. This would be a great introduction to Shakespeare to younger students who don't really need to read the play in the original text. It's also great because it is a graphic novel so students will be intrigued by it. Gallagher's whose to blame strategy goes great with this play because it gets them thinking because it is not straight forward. The students have to explain why they think p This book is great for students who really cannot understand Shakespeare, but you still need to teach the play. This would be a great introduction to Shakespeare to younger students who don't really need to read the play in the original text. It's also great because it is a graphic novel so students will be intrigued by it. Gallagher's whose to blame strategy goes great with this play because it gets them thinking because it is not straight forward. The students have to explain why they think people are to blame, not just state they think that person is to blame which promotes critical thinking. An addition to this strategy would be to have students who have blamed different people try and convince the other student of their answer and change their opinion. So its a two-fer. They work on critical thinking and persuasion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Noah Jones

    it was a slow read but a good one. if you are a good reader i would recommend this it will be a challenge but it as a good ending.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Xade

    this book was a very slow read and wasn't very eventful. although the humor in the book was what brought up my rating. this book was a very slow read and wasn't very eventful. although the humor in the book was what brought up my rating.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arielle

    This is such an excellent resource! I work one-on-one with struggling students & this helps decipher the language and offer an accurate visual to supplement their reading of the original.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    I like this very much!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    um this book was good but stupid at the same time. because i know like people fall in love but who kills themselves for each other it could have ended another way without so many people dying but other than the stupid horrible cruel ending it was a good book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dayjara Nelson

    This takes place in ancient Verona, during a huge grudge held between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Juliet, a Capulet,and Romeo, a Montague, fall in love with each other at the Capulet ball that the family has for Juliet's upcoming. Romeo is still sprung over Rosaline, Juliet's cousin, because Rosaline doesn't want to give up her virginity to Romeo and doesn't like him back. Romeo's depression aggravates his cousin Benvolio. when both hear about the ball and see Rosaline's name o This takes place in ancient Verona, during a huge grudge held between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Juliet, a Capulet,and Romeo, a Montague, fall in love with each other at the Capulet ball that the family has for Juliet's upcoming. Romeo is still sprung over Rosaline, Juliet's cousin, because Rosaline doesn't want to give up her virginity to Romeo and doesn't like him back. Romeo's depression aggravates his cousin Benvolio. when both hear about the ball and see Rosaline's name on the list, Benvolio instantly makes Romeo attend to see that there are way more women than just her in Verona. They go in masks to disguise themselves from the guards. Romeo spots Juliet as she dances beautifully on the dance floor. He then takes the chance to dance with her and they instantly exchange kisses. When they part and find out who each other are, they curse the family grudge that prohibits their love. They secretly meet at Juliet's balcony to announce their love to each other and plan to marry the next day by Friar Lawrence. They marry because Friar Lawrence believes the family grudge will end. After they marry, they plan to celebrate at night together. However, Romeo's friend Mercutio and Juliet's hateful cousin Tybalt battle in a gory fight in which Mercutio is slain. Romeo becomes enraged by this and kills Tybalt, his cousin in law. He blames fortune/fate for this mishap and fears to show Juliet his face. Juliet struggles to balance out her loyalty to her husband and to her family due to Romeo killing Tybalt. Romeo is banished from Verona and Juliet is forced to plan out her escape to be with Romeo. She goes to Friar Lawrence about her issues and he comes up with an ultimate plan to help her. He gives her a potion to make her appear dead before her wedding day with County Paris. Then, when she is put in the vault, Romeo will appear there for them to love together happily forever. He will send a letter to Romeo to describe the plan, but this never gets to Romeo. When Romeo and Paris visit Juliet, Romeo slays him and proposes his death to Death itself to be with Juliet with poison he purchases from an apothecary. Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead and slays herself with his dagger. When Friar Lawrence tells the Prince and the families what occurred, they end their family grudge to avenge Romeo and Juliet's death.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    What was I thinking? I have never enjoyed R&J. Thought everything about it was overrated and dull. So, seeing Ala Great Stories talk about it, made me want to pick it up and try again. Why do I listen to other people? I got about twenty pages in and remembered why I disliked this so much. Romeo is such a crybaby and ruins anything about love. What I actually liked about this (oh don't act so shocked) was it's in a form that kids can connect with and it's in modern english. I find it would be a gre What was I thinking? I have never enjoyed R&J. Thought everything about it was overrated and dull. So, seeing Ala Great Stories talk about it, made me want to pick it up and try again. Why do I listen to other people? I got about twenty pages in and remembered why I disliked this so much. Romeo is such a crybaby and ruins anything about love. What I actually liked about this (oh don't act so shocked) was it's in a form that kids can connect with and it's in modern english. I find it would be a great teaching tool for anyone trying to bring this into the classroom. It's more up to date and modern. It still didn't make me fall in love. Just end thy life now. Lets not forget about that plague. The best part!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    A friend of a friend of mine drew this comic book version of Romeo and Juliet, and he's very talented, so I'm excited about reading it. A friend of a friend of mine drew this comic book version of Romeo and Juliet, and he's very talented, so I'm excited about reading it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    My Bookish Delights

    Spoiler Alert: They die at the end. I am not a fan of Shakespeare. I bought this book for my son in high school in case he reads the play and doesn't fully grasp what was going on. I decided to read it myself and it was fine. There were a lot of sexual innuendos, which I thought was funny. But good grief, the "love" was just ridiculous. Insta-love galore. Romeo is whining about how much he loves Rosaline, which from what I can tell is just based on her looks. Then he sees Juliet and Rosaline is q Spoiler Alert: They die at the end. I am not a fan of Shakespeare. I bought this book for my son in high school in case he reads the play and doesn't fully grasp what was going on. I decided to read it myself and it was fine. There were a lot of sexual innuendos, which I thought was funny. But good grief, the "love" was just ridiculous. Insta-love galore. Romeo is whining about how much he loves Rosaline, which from what I can tell is just based on her looks. Then he sees Juliet and Rosaline is quickly forgotten. He tells Juliet he loves her the same night and they marry the next day. I fail to see how this is romantic. I know, I know it was written in a different time, but I still don't see how it was romantic. Although I will say, a lot of the confusing parts in the movie Romeo and Juliet (Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) did make more sense after reading this. I may have to rewatch it. :) Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Challenge 2017 Pop Sugar Challenge - A book that's been mentioned in another book 2017 Llama Library Romance Challenge - A classic romance book 2017 One Classic A Month

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    my rating had nothing to do with the graphic novel, but the actual story - the graphic novel does exactly what it says on the cover it's a telling of Romeo and Juliet in plain English, done in a way that will get the intended target (probably students in high school) into reading Shakespeare/Romeo&Juliet in a way that will get them interested and they can understand it. The artwork might not be everyone's cup of tea, kind of reminds me a little bit of 'Persepolis' but more 'American.' and there' my rating had nothing to do with the graphic novel, but the actual story - the graphic novel does exactly what it says on the cover it's a telling of Romeo and Juliet in plain English, done in a way that will get the intended target (probably students in high school) into reading Shakespeare/Romeo&Juliet in a way that will get them interested and they can understand it. The artwork might not be everyone's cup of tea, kind of reminds me a little bit of 'Persepolis' but more 'American.' and there's nothing wrong with it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Henschel

    I really like that students do not get caught up in the Shakespearean language becasue they can look at the other side of the page and see it translated into modern day English. Who doesn't like Romeo and Juliet? I really like that students do not get caught up in the Shakespearean language becasue they can look at the other side of the page and see it translated into modern day English. Who doesn't like Romeo and Juliet?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sage (SageShelves)

    As with the Hamlet graphic novel, I think this is a very fun way to interact with Shakespeare. However, I don't think the art style suited this story the same way it did Hamlet, and for that I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I could have. As with the Hamlet graphic novel, I think this is a very fun way to interact with Shakespeare. However, I don't think the art style suited this story the same way it did Hamlet, and for that I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I could have.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    R & J in plain English in comic book format. Great for those who are not comfortable with Shakespearean English.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Drews

    Awesome graphics and I love the modern Shakespeare translation. It was so cool to read the actual play and then read this modern-day text version!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mariahhouck

    ok

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Romeo and Juliet was so good. I read this book, but not the graphic novel. I loved it just as much as Macbeth.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eva Burkhardt

    In the beginning, I was on the fence about it but I ended up loving it! It's amazing! 10/10 would recommend In the beginning, I was on the fence about it but I ended up loving it! It's amazing! 10/10 would recommend

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ayan

    Shakespeare is so much more digestible and enjoyable when in graphic novel form, it's the only way I read it nowadays. First read this in 2010 and it's just as good ten years later. Shakespeare is so much more digestible and enjoyable when in graphic novel form, it's the only way I read it nowadays. First read this in 2010 and it's just as good ten years later.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megustabooks1

    Still uses shakepeare language but in a simpler way

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I love the No Fear Shakespeare versions for my classroom!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The ultimate fools in love. A graphic novel blending Shakespearean and modern English dialogue, with a back drop of engaging artwork.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Horejsi

    This book is about the characters Romeo and Juliet. Their families have a lot of problems with each other, and leads to a lot of conflicts in the book. Romeo and Juliet fall in love, but their families would never approve of it. I thought it was a good book with a great plot.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    makes no sense i-

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    hopefully the actual book is better bc I have to read it for English :(

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    I really like it

  30. 5 out of 5

    OV

    OMG I loved it, this was a master piece, it was amazing to me. I adore how it has the drawings to help you identify who is the person talking because when I was reading R&J on a normal website it was very confusing because I didn’t know who was talking. I also love the way the vocabulary is set in and how it matches its time period. The drawings made it 10 times better cause you can see them just moving in your head and everything happening in front of you. This was my first time reading R&J and OMG I loved it, this was a master piece, it was amazing to me. I adore how it has the drawings to help you identify who is the person talking because when I was reading R&J on a normal website it was very confusing because I didn’t know who was talking. I also love the way the vocabulary is set in and how it matches its time period. The drawings made it 10 times better cause you can see them just moving in your head and everything happening in front of you. This was my first time reading R&J and must say I won’t let my kids read any other version but this one when they do.

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