Kids Book Review: Little Master Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

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kids_book_review_babylit_romeo_julietLIttle Master Shakespeare: Roemo and Juliet
Gibbs Smith/Raincoast Books
Age 0-3, 3-5
22 pages
counting primer by Jennifer Adams, art by Alison Oliver by Stephen Shaskan

Synopsis from Raincoast Books:

With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.


Early concept books for bablies and young kids aren’t unusual but what if the topic is based on literature you as a parent love. That’s the concept behind BabyLit, books that expose young book lovers to literature classis like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Little Master Shakespear: Romeo and Juliet book doesn’t take kids through the actual tale but instead usues elements and characters from the story to create a counting book: 1 balcony, 9 love letters. Parents will enjoy seeing connections with scenes and little ones will love counting along to the rich images. Each spread in Romeo and Juliet has a image on the left and the number on the right (in numeric form). Kids can also count the elements on the image, helping to reinforce the numbers learned.

The images are rich and colourful; the book is even designed to look like a piece of literature on your shelf with its binding design. Along with Roemo and Juliet, you can also find Pride and Prejudice, which I reviewed on No Time for Flashcards.

You can add Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet to your personal library by visiting your local book store or visiting Raincoast Books. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?

I have to thank Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.

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