Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

The Manga Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet is so much fun. I know that people can be hesitant about adapting classic literature into modern formats, but they have worked wonders in my classroom. The reworkings have excited students and enriched their understanding of challenging literature.

This quick read retains the dialogue of the original (although it is abridged) but sets the story in modern Tokyo. The Capulets and Montagues are now opposing yakuza families. I love this twist! The illustrations captivate the reader and explain the plot to young readers. I would love to add more of these books to my library; pre-reading Shakespearean manga is a great way to hook the developing reader.

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