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Romeow and Drooliet

Romeow and Drooliet

Hardback

By (author) Nina Laden, Illustrated by Nina Laden

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 44 pages
  • Dimensions: 253mm x 262mm x 10mm | 466g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0811839737
  • ISBN 13: 9780811839730
  • Illustrations note: Ill.(some col.)
  • Sales rank: 1,142,760

Product description

A story of love between Romeow the cat and Drooliet the dog, inspired by Shakespeare's tale of Romeo and Juliet, but with a happier ending.

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Nina Laden lives in an old farmhouse in Seattle, which she renovated with her husband. She is the author of many books for children.

Editorial reviews

With "a wag of the tail to Shakespeare," Laden recasts the star-crossed lovers as house pets-albeit in a mix of modern and Renaissance courtly dress in the dashing, canted-perspective illustrations. They belong to the Felini and Barker families who meet, marry and then survive encounters with spike-collared rottweiler Turbo, animal-control warden Officer Prince and finally, a speeding automobile. Breaking occasionally into unabashed (and, considering the cast, appropriate) doggerel, Laden thoroughly reworks the plot, too, though she does leave in the party scene and the balcony scene: "Romeow licked Drooliet on her face. / His whiskers tickled but she smiled with grace. / 'We shall be married,' said young Romeow. / 'I'll be with you forever, starting now.' " Readers fond of Mary Jane Auch's equally clever animal send-ups, from Poultrygeist (2003) on, will be rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews)