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Title:
Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex
ISBN:
9780062652744
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Romeosaurus, who comes from a family of herbivores, befriends Juliet Rex, who comes from a family of carnivores, and they must find a way to be together despite their warring families.
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Two dinosaurs whose species are sworn enemies want to become friends in New York Times bestselling author Mo O'Hara's prehistoric spin on Shakespeare.

In this hilarious take on Shakespeare for children 4 to 8--with dinosaurs instead of people--Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex get along perfectly well until they realize that their families should be mortal enemies!

"Your family would eat mine," says Romeosaurus, who comes from a family of herbivores. Yes, it's true--Juliet Rex's family are carnivores, and Romeosaurus's family are plant-loving herbivores.

With two families up in arms (very short ones for Juliet Rex) the two friends run away, determined not to let family baggage determine who their friends should be.

With this funny take on the world's most cherished love story, Mo O'Hara transforms Shakespeare into a relatable and truly funny dinosaur romp for young readers. Coupled to perfection with Andrew Joyner's expressive and classic illustrations, this tale will get giggles while introducing the most beloved writer known to the world today.


Author Notes

Mo O'Hara grew up in Pennsylvania. She moved to London because she wanted to live abroad but spoke no foreign languages. She found work as an actress and comedy performer and has performed regularly at Edinburgh and London comedy festivals. Because of her job touring around the UK as a storyteller, she decided to try writing a children's book. Her first book, My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish, was published in 2013. The series of books, by the same name, went on to become bestsellers and to be translated into several foreign languages.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this prehistoric twist on a Shakespeare classic, Romeo is a herbivore and Juliet is a meat eater. Just like in the source material, they meet at a ball and realize that they are indeed star-crossed lovers, this time not because of a family feud, but because of their meal choices. Knowing that they can never be accepted by the other's family (dinner parties would be an absolute disaster) the pair decides to run off together. Though there is slight nod to the original fate of the main characters (the couple's hats are found floating in the tar pits) the resolution to this version is much less macabre. The families realize that they can't be kept apart and decide to accept the pairing. The final scene shows a happy gathering of herbivores and carnivores mingling together, with a familiar looking Bardasaurus at the head of the table and a very dangerous comet in the sky. The illustrations are humorous and very detailed; the endpapers showing the family portraits are delightful. VERDICT An original and entertaining fractured version of a classic tale.-Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

When Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers become dinosaurs, "both alike in lizardness," it's good-bye principles of tragedy, hello nonstop jokes. Instead of Montagues and Capulets, Romeo is an herbivore stegosaurus, the sort of dino that Juliet Rex's carnivorous family eats for dinner. The two instantly connect at a party, despite the fact that Romeosaurus must liberate his aunt from the buffet table, where she's the main dish. A balcony scene ensues-although, as Juliet helpfully points out, "There's a stone ramp over there"-and after a misunderstanding at the tar pits, the families agree to put aside their differences. O'Hara (the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series) and Joyner (The Pink Hat) know their audience well: in this version, the relationship remains strictly platonic ("They giggled, they talked, they played"), and the irreverence is such that even readers whose cultural literacy doesn't yet include the Bard will feel in on the spoof. Dinosaurs dressed in medieval garb are as funny as they sound, but the cartooning never takes potshots at its improbable characters. Juliet may be a huge green tyrannosaur, but she's also figuratively fierce in her puffy dress. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Gemma Cooper, the Bent Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

The author of My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet (2018) offers here a picture-book reworking of Romeo and Juliet, populated with dinosaurs. In this version, Romeosaurus (a plant-eating stegosaurus) and Juliet Rex (a meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex) meet at a masked ball and become fast friends. Realizing the difficulties their relationship poses, the two run away, prompting Juliet's nurse (a pterodactyl) and Romeo's friend Mercutio (a triceratops) to assume the worst, particularly when they discover Romeo's hat and Juliet's backpack floating in the tar pits. Luckily, the two are fine, so everyone lives happily ever after, although an asteroid can be seen approaching in the sky. Joyner's digital art depicts everyone in Elizabethan attire with matching household decor. In keeping with the humorous text, the comic-style art is played for laughs, particularly the scene in which Romeo's Auntie Gladys is shown trussed for eating on the buffet table. The intended audience won't care about the liberties taken with this story, although alert four-year-olds will realize that these species did not live contemporaneously.--Kay Weisman Copyright 2019 Booklist