|Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex
Author: O'Hara, Mo
Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex get along perfectly well until they realize that their families should be mortal enemies! Juliet Rex's family are carnivores, and Romeosaurus's family are plant-loving herbivores.
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/18)
School Library Journal (12/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 12/01/2018 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 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.