Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Romeo and Juliet adapted by Gareth Hinds –OPTIONAL

Adapted by Hinds, Gareth  Romeo and Juliet 128 pgs. Candlewick, 2013. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG13. GRAPHIC NOVEL
A graphic novel adaption based on the play by William Shakespeare. Featuring a multicultural cast of the characters with scenery still set in the Verona of the past.
I understand the motivation in helping to bring the classics to life via the graphic novel medium; it speaks to this generation, etc. However this rendition was a bit confusing since they update with a modern cast, but still stick with the old scenery. Why not go for a full modern interpretation? I thought the cover was very intriguing and with much appeal, but the artwork inside seems sloppy and features a boring color scheme. If buying this will get you Shakespeare check-outs, then by all means, add it to your library collection. But if you like to collect adaptions and beautiful reprints for your home collection, this one isn't worth it.

MS, HS -OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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