If you are a fan of unusual artwork full of surreal and whimisical florishes, then this may very well be the book for you. This edition is a reprint of the 1983 Beauty and the Beast illustrated by Etienne Delessert. The text is more or less traditional, but the illustrations in this book are not, and tend to symbolize ideas in the story rather than literally illustrate them. If you are familiar with Delessert's work then you pretty much know what to expect. Still, the art is beautiful and full of inventive whimsy. But if you're looking for a more traditionally illustrated version of Beauty and the Beast you may want to look to other editions illustrated by Mercer Mayer or Jan Brett.