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Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated Classics) [Paperback]

Max Eilenberg , Angela Barrett
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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2 Aug 2010 Illustrated Classics
A deep forest; an exquisite garden by a magical palace; an enchanted Beast; and a promise made to the merchant's youngest daughter, Beauty. The scene is set for the greatest love story ever told...

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (2 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406326054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406326055
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lavishly illustrated new edition of the classic fairy tale.

About the Author

Max Eilenberg is the author of the children's picture books Cinderella (ISBN 978-1-4063-0798-6), illustrated by Niamh Sharkey and Cowboy Kid, illustrated by Sue Heap. Working as a publisher and editor, Max lives in London with his family.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Under-10 Book of the Year 7 Dec 2006
By Bluejun
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is spectacular. I read it to my nine year old (who's well into reading her own novels by now) and we both were moved to tears -- not a regular occurrence in this household. Max Eilenberg's retelling of the classic tale is dark and emotional and very moving, and Angela Barrett's illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking. Can't recommend this highly enough for 6-10s. So different from all the jazzy tongue in cheek 'aren't we cool' books out there. This is the real thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical, romantic emotional roller coaster 16 Aug 2008
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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Hayley
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A beautiful book that combines a unique twist on the well known story. Beautifully image led by magical and mysterious illustrations with a dark but charming edge by Angela Barrett. This version of Beauty and the Beast is unforgettable, a modern day classic that I can imagine being a favourite for decades to come. Add it to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous illustrations, gorgeous prose 14 Mar 2013
Have read this out loud to my 5-year-old daughter. It's quite long, so it took us almost a week in instalments, but she loved it, and always remembered what page we'd got up to.

The story is relocated to the Victorian period, with its use of costumes and hairstyles and even a little reference to photography. There are the most lovely and poignant illustrations on every page.

The prose has that Oscar Wilde richness, gives all the characters names (the sisters are called Hermione and Gertrude, and the father is Mr Fortune), and there is a very lavish description of Beauty's life in the palace, including a sewing room, a painting room, and a monkey room! - we both quite fancied moving in there ourselves!

Without being preachy or sentimental, the story also made its point about looking beneath the surface of a person.

I haven't seen this sort of fairy tale published in decades, in fact, I thought they went out of fashion after World War I. We've got the other four books in the series, and more please!
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3.0 out of 5 stars pages missing! 14 Mar 2013
By sarah
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The story itself was good but their were pages missing, not very good when you are trying to read a story to a child and have tosmootht hings over!
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