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An out-of-this-world story of friendship from the creators of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo
The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue), so when Janet and Bill, a young Smed and Smoo, fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But love conquers all and, in the happiest of happy endings, Janet and Bill not only bring their warring blue and red
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: November 10th 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Matti Karjalainen
Julia Donaldsonin "Krinit ja krunat" (Mäkelä, 2019) on Romeo ja Julia -tarina lapsille, toki niin ettei lopussa kuolla vaan saadaan vauva ja ollaan onnellisia. Lopputulos on tuttu ja turvallinen, ilman mitään suurempia yllätyksiä. Suomennos ontuu hieman. Suvaitsevaisuutta ja erilaisuuden ymmärtämistä korostava teema on tärkeä, mutta aihetta käsittelevistä kirjoista suosittelisin mieluummin Mörkökarhua tai vaikka Krokoa mekossa.
Samantha
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Smeds and the Smoos follows two young aliens. A Smed, named Janet and a Smoo named Bill. The Smeds and the Smoos are rival. Janet and Bills families tell them stories to warn them of the others. But Janet and Bill fall in love.
Eventually, after many disapproved meetings, Janet and Bill fly away together in a rocket ship, to live happily together. Their families are not impressed, the Smoos invited the Smeds onto their rocket ship and together they set off after them. Soaring around space,
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Beth Godmon
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally review kids storybooks on here, but I read this the other day with Logan and it is brilliant. Another great classic!
Lusitarius
Toivoin tältä Julia Donaldsonin Romeon ja Julian uudelleenkerronnalta hieman enemmän kuin mitä todellisuudessa sain. Erilaisuuden vieroksunta ja toisen suvun mustamaalaaminen ja totaalinen kanssakäynnin kieltäminen toki on ominaista myös alkuperäiselle tarinalle, mutta lastenkirjassa olisin toivonut hieman miedompia sanakäänteitä toisen puolen mustamaalauksessa.

Kirjasta jäi ikävä kyllä valju maku suuhun - tämä tosin saattaa kertoa enemmän rakkaudestani Romeota ja Juliaa kohtaan kuin tätä kirjaa.
Bethy Clarke
My current Y1 class are massive Julia Donaldson fans and so naturally, I have been working my way through her many books!
This is one of Donaldson's more recent picture books and it is magnificent!
The story is about two aliens, a Smed who is red and a Smoo who is blue. The Smeds and Smoos are not allowed to play with each other, but Janet, the Smed, and Bill, the Smoo, meet and fall in love!
It's an alien, rhyming, twisted take on Romeo and Juliet!
This story deals with very relevant and current
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Tapani Aulu
Ehkäpä huonoin Donaldson+Scheffler. Romeo ja Julia ovat tällä kertaa avaruusolioita, mutta eivät kovin onnistuneita.
Rosie Mulholland
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This books follows the story of a smed and a smoo who are both warned by their families to avoid the other. One is red and the other is blue. Despite their families views the smed and the smoo run away together and get married. Whilst Janet and Bill have ran away, their families look for them and in the process begin to form positive relationships.
This story reminds me a bit of Romeo and Juliet, and the film adaptation of Gnomeo and Juliet as they all focus on a forbidden love based on family
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Villivonkansbooks
Julia och Axel har gett ut åtskilliga barnböcker tillsammans och vi är bortskämda med att de är väldigt bra. Gruffalon och Den flottaste jätten i stan är två av deras böcker som vi har läst åtskilliga gånger här, när sonen var lite mindre. De var hans absoluta favoriter som tre-fyraåring. Deras böcker kännetecknas av att de är både roliga med charmiga figurer och att texten är skriven på rim.
På rymmen i rymden är också skriven på rim, men rimmet haltar lite. Boken är ganska svårläst och får
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Janika Puolitaival
Riimittely on taitavaa suommenosta, mutta paha kyllä itse tarina on kovin tavanomainen ja hyvin osoitteleva alkaen erilaisuuden ihmettelystä - joka onnellisesti päättyy ennakkoluulojen voittoon ja romanssiin.
Alyce Hunt
I feel conflicted about The Smeds and the Smoos. A Smed and a Smoo fall in love despite multiple warnings from their grandparents about why they should be avoiding each other, but unlike Romeo and Juliet this love story has a happy ending.

This story feels hyper relevant when you look at everything that's going on in the world at the moment. Republicans vs. Democrats, Conservatives vs. Labour, everywhere you look it's a red vs. blue world and for little ones who have no understanding of politics
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Bryony
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book has been in our house for one evening and its already been the subject of numerous requests to read that again, please which is pretty much the highest praise a childrens book can get.

The story follows two aliens, a Smed named Janet and a Smoo called Bill. The Smeds and the Smoos are sworn enemies. Then one day Janet and Bill meet, and much to the disappointment of their families, they fall in love. The rest of the story involves a rocket ship elopement, the Smeds and the Smoos
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Elmo
Cover: 4 stars
Storyline: 2 stars (eloping aliens, anyone?)
Illustrations: 4 stars

Nederlandse versie: het is natuurlijk lastig als je een vertaling moet maken van een boek op rijm, maar zeker in vergelijking met de andere boeken van Julia Donaldson vind ik deze echt wat moeizaam vertaald. Bij gebrek aan beter 'the moon' maar vertalen met moen, zodat je het kan rijmen met 'doen' doet voor mij echt af aan het toch al niet al te interessante verhaal.
St Michael's Primary Oxford
A story about accepting others despite their differences - a subtle political message in this book especially with the dedication to all the children in Europe. The Smeds and the Smoos don't like each other apart from Janet and Bill whose actions help to unite the two different groups. There's Donaldson's trademark rhymes, which are reminiscent of The Owl and the Pussy Cat (They danced in the light of the squoon) and The Jabberwocky. Lovely pictures as always by Axel Scheffler.
J Patel
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chloe Nobbs
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the creators of The Gruffalo, this book is absolutely adorable. Its about family, defiance, rebellion and love in a child-friendly way. This could be used in PSHE in relationships, as well as looking at colours in art and rhyming in English. Loved this book, its so catchy and flows so well! An absolute classic. ...more
Andrew
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This almost moved me to tears. I don't think all of Julia Donaldson's books are worthy of five stars but I love this. I just stood and read it in a bookshop and now I'm in bits.

'To all the children of Europe'. Just lovely! There is still Room on the Broom, indeed. (That's a response to something Axel Sheffler said in a speech that I was lucky to hear at the British Book Awards).
Helen Meaney
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A lovely Romeo and Juliet story for children. But what I really liked about this book is that for the very young it is packed full of alien words. Phonetically decodable but definitely nonsense words. Very useful if you have a phonics test looming later in the year! ...more
Thomas
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very nice childrens book about accepting differences, would be very good in a primary school setting talking about diversity and community relationships. A Romeo and Juliet type story with some good rhymes and nice illustrations. ...more
Shane Harcombe
A nice book about not judging others based on their looks/race and encouraging us all to get along. I'm not convinced we needed characters to elope together in order to get this message across to the target age group, however.
Lydia Duncalfe
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wurpular Wood; where two aliens, forbidden to meet, fall in love & prove that diversity, acceptance & perseverance are how we find true happiness.
Ben Trevail
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For teachers a useful addition to the No Outsiders programme for RSE - celebrating difference and exploring mixed race relationships.
Vincent Ripley
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner of words and illustration by the dream duo.
Hannah Tompkins
Possibility for reading challenge 1
Abi Calcutt
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I enjoyed the rhyming throughout this story which gave it great flow. The illustrations were lovely and highlighted perfectly the message of inclusion and accepting different backgrounds/cultures.
BrookesEducationLibrary
Donaldson has done it again, this time with a cheeky rhyming "Romeo and Juliet' alien vibe with plenty of colour and some fun sounding made-up words too to get your tongue around!
CBarnes
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book but authors really should check the Urban Dictionary before choosing words like Smed and Smoo. Hilarious choice of words!!!!
Jenna Mills
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A positive message
Sanja_Sanjalica
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A story about tolerance and accepting, so important in this day and age.
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