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“Shakespeare Retold” is a beautifully illustrated book retold by one of the best children’s authors. It contains all the tragedies of Shakespeare, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Macbeth.”

It is a bit hard to understand some of the stories if you haven’t already read Shakespeare, but one of the easiest stories to understand is “Romeo and Juliet.” Romeo and Juliet are forbidden from ever seeing each other because of an old quarrel between their families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo and Juliet start seeing each other even against their parents’ wishes.

One of the most famous lines from “Romeo and Juliet” is “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” which means “Why do you have to be a Montague?” because if he were from any other family, her parents would not hate him.

The story does not end as sweetly as you might thought it would: Both Romeo and Juliet end up dead.

I don’t want to spoil the rest of the stories in the book, so I’m going to end it here. Based on the stories, I would suggest this book for anyone who likes Shakespeare, no specific age group.

It is not one of the most interesting books I’ve read, but the illustrations are amazingly beautiful! This book was truly astounding, and I hope you get to read it at one point.

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  1. Sheryl Shahbaz on April 28th, 2017 8:59 am

    Its amazing! The part about Romeo and Juliet dying is sad. Great job on the review! 🙂

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