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ROMEOW AND DROOLIET by Nina Laden

ROMEOW AND DROOLIET

By Nina Laden (Author) , Nina Laden (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8118-3973-7
Publisher: Chronicle

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)