Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex

Two dinosaurs whose species are sworn enemies want to become friends in New York Times bestselling author Mo O’Hara’s prehistoric spin on Shakespeare.

In this hilarious take on Shakespeare for children 4 to 8—with dinosaurs instead of people—Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex get along perfectly well until they realize that their families should be mortal enemies!

“Your family would eat mine,” says Romeosaurus, who comes from a family of herbivores. Yes, it’s true—Juliet Rex’s family are carnivores, and Romeosaurus’s family are plant-loving herbivores.

With two families up in arms (very short ones for Juliet Rex) the two friends run away, determined not to let family baggage determine who their friends should be.

With this funny take on the world’s most cherished love story, Mo O’Hara transforms Shakespeare into a relatable and truly funny dinosaur romp for young readers. Coupled to perfection with Andrew Joyner’s expressive and classic illustrations, this tale will get giggles while introducing the most beloved writer known to the world today.

Selected Reviews

  • Kirkus Reviews
  • December 2018
  • Shakespeare’s classic tragedy gets a comic retelling and a happy ending.“Once upon a time, one hundred and fifty million years ago….” Romeosaurus’ family (a mix of dino species) are herbivores, while Juliet Rex’s (T. Rexes and a pterodactyl nurse) delight in eating meat. The two meet at a masked ball, quickly becoming friends, though the herbivores must make a quick escape after Romeo helps Auntie Gladys off the buffet table, where she’s been trussed, with an apple in her mouth, and Mercutio-tops accidentally pokes Tybalt Rex with his horns.

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  • Publishers Weekly
  • December 2018
  • When Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers become dinosaurs, “both alike in lizardness,” it’s good-bye principles of tragedy, hello nonstop jokes. Instead of Montagues and Capulets, Romeo is an herbivore stegosaurus, the sort of dino that Juliet Rex’s carnivorous family eats for dinner. The two instantly connect at a party, despite the fact that Romeosaurus must liberate his aunt from the buffet table, where she’s the main dish.

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Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex
Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Published: February 2019
Harper Collins