Romeow and Drooliet

Romeow and Drooliet

By (author) Nina Laden , Illustrated by Nina Laden

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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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  • Hardback | 44 pages
  • 254 x 264.2 x 12.7mm | 453.6g
  • 01 May 2005
  • CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • California
  • English
  • Ill.(some col.)
  • 0811839737
  • 9780811839730
  • 1,212,292

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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.

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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)

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