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Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories: Romeo and Juliet

book 3, Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories


No. of pages 80

Great for age 7-11 years

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Two families at war, and a pair of young, star-crossed lovers caught in the crossfire... Discover the tragic story at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most famous play.

The age-appropriate text in Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories: Romeo and Juliet introduces readers to the play by re-telling the story in modern English. It's an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for children of 9 and above, and perfect for fans of the Tony Ross and Andrew Matthews series Shakespeare Stories.

The book also contains information about the background to Romeo and Juliet, its major themes, language, the Globe theatre, and Shakespeare's life during the time he was writing the play, so is a useful resource for project work, or for anyone studying the play itself. Poisons, and their application in 16th century England, are also examined, to give the play a factual grounding.

Anna Claybourne's concise, witty text really brings out the humour and the drama of the stories, rendering them as relevant today as they were in Shakespeare's time. Comparisons with themes in modern life: love, revenge, family relationships, political power struggles, etc., serve to reinforce this.

The text is supported by Tom Morgan-Jones' fantastic artwork, giving the series real visual appeal.

Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories allow children today to be as enthralled by Shakespeare's tales as audiences were 400 years ago. Publishing to coincide with the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, they are the ideal resource for project work connected to this, or to Shakespeare Week 2015. Other titles in the series include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.


This is book 3 in Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories .

This book is aimed at children in primary school.

There are 80 pages in this book. This book was published 2014 by Hachette Children's Group .

Tom Morgan-Jones is an award winning illustrator whose work has appeared everywhere from children's books to buses and milk cartons to magazines. He has a sideline in satirical board games, and his work in this area is held in major collections including the V&A, Bodleian Library and GOMA, and has been exhibited in the Berlin Academy of Arts. Anna Claybourne has been a writer and editor of children's non-fiction for over eight years.

This book has the following chapters:

  • 1: Introducing Romeo and Juliet
  • 2: Romeo and Juliet
  • 3: Romeo and Juliet at a glance
  • 4: The story of Romeo and Juliet
  • 5: Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet
  • 6: Staging Romeo and Juliet
  • 7: Romeo and Juliet: Themes and symbols
  • 8: Deadly poison
  • 9: The language of Romeo and Juliet
  • 10: What Romeo and Juliet means now
  • 11: Glossary
  • 12: Romeo and Juliet quiz

This book contains the following story:

Romeo and Juliet
Two warring families in fair Verona - The Montagues and the Capulets - struggle to settle an age old feud. Meanwhile, Romeo, a Montague, meets the beautiful Juliet and they instantly fall deeply in love. All is not well, however, as she is a Capulet, and their families' rivalry threatens to tear their forbidden love apart.

This book is in the following series:

Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories

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