I read this to my 5 year old, we were spellbound by the fantastic pictures. In particular the two page painted picture of the beasts palace. Every page holds beautifully illustrated pictures with a dark quality that just grabs your attention. I found it difficult to contain my emotion within the story because it is so movingly written, in the end I just wept!! My daughter and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and of course then laughed! but we had both been caught in the magic. What an amazing book the best version of Beauty and the Beast I have read an absolute pleasure to read again and again and thankfully nothing like the Disney version!