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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Royal National Institute of Blind People; Daisy audio CD ed edition (4 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858789540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858789545
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,367,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children

For further information about J.K. Rowling, please visit her new website:

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of the Lumos, an international children's charity (registered charity number 1112575) founded in 2005 by J.K Rowling.

Lumos is dedicated ending the institutionalisation of children, a harmful practice that effects the lives of up to eight million disadvantaged children around the world who live in institutions and orphanages, many placed there as a result of poverty, disability, disease, discrimination and conflict; very few are orphans. Lumos works to reunite children with their families, promote family-based care alternatives and help authorities to reform their systems and close down institutions and orphanages. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'The stories are simple, original, diverse, witty and wise ... a book for families to share ... a storytelling treat' -- Books for Keeps, No 175, March 2009

`A moralist, a magician and a great liberal, Beedle is to the wizarding world what Hans Christian Anderson is to muggles (non-magical people). Refreshingly original ... and surprisingly satisfying. The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains all the playful humour and down-to-earth detail that makes her wizarding world so seductive' -- Sunday Times

`A new JK Rowling is always a delight for her millions of fans and this charming collection of fairytales, her first new book since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, lives up to expectation. The five enchanting tales told with the author's confident mixture of wit and wariness tell lessons for both children and parents alike ... This magic mixture combines to make an altogether delightful gift for young readers and for older folk who sometimes read to them' -- Sunday Express

`Rowling is herself responsible for the illustrations which are, in their spindly way, charming' -- The Observer

`Short but sweet ... think of it as an after-dinner mint, a little treat for those who've been with J.K. Rowling for the long haul' -- DeathRay, Feb/March 2009

`This slightly wistful collection of five original fairy tales certainly deserves to become a Christmas bestseller. As a wordsmith Rowling is always good, writing clear, uncluttered prose ... excellent at carrying a story forward. She is also funny, able to make not just her dialogue but also her descriptive passages interesting' -- The Independent

`Wonderfully concise, authentic-feeling cautionary yarns'
-- SFX Magazine, February 2009 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Leversuch on 26 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are a Harry Potter fan, this book is for you. It contains five wizard fairytales, and notes made by the Professor Albus Dumbledore. Like with Muggle fairytales, they contain moral messages and words of wisdom to the budding wizard. They are short and thoroughly enjoyable. The notes made by Dumbledore had me chuckling - what a great character! I loved how the books linked back to the Harry Potter series, making the book a must-have for Potter fans.

My favourite Tale was "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump"- very funny. A great washer woman. A fiery character who taught a valuable lesson and had a genius laugh.

As ever, Rowling writes in an engaging and fun way, and although this is predominantly a child's book, adults will appreciate the book too, with some subtle adult humour and comments. This was a gripping and fun book to read, and I loved the illustrations, done by Rowling herself. This is a great companion to the much-loved Harry Potter books, and I highly recommend this little gem.

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of five short parables, which remind me very much of reading Aesop's fables as a child. They are well written and thoughtful about the weaknesses of human character especially if you live in a world where magic is real. They are well written tales of fears and desires. For me they are actually better in some ways than the last Harry Potter book, because to tell a story with a message in such a small space and with originality and imagination is a serious challenge.

They are going to be perfect bed-time reading for my children and you have to think that JK probably had her own children in mind when she wrote them. I am not sure about the hairy heart one just before bed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pete A on 22 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am afraid I am on the fence with this one so will probably upset people who automatically think that because J K Rowling wrote this book it is perfect in every way. Well I would agree that she is indeed a fantastic author and what she has done for resurging peoples (children's especially) interest in reading is nothing short of incredible. However I do see this particular book of hers as a stop gap between the Harry Potter series and the highly anticipated novel that she has promised as her next work. For a start this book is oh so short and subsequently I took less than an hour to read it. Yes ok I am of the age where I can read relatively quickly but this book was over just too soon after it began. I didn't really have a problem with the stories in the book as we have come to know what to expect from Mrs Rowling and they provided a decent dose of entertainment. But I did have a problem with the comments that were after each story. They were supposedly an insight into the origins of the story by Albus Dumbledore himself but for me they just served as a mindless ramble just to fill up the pages. As I said before, I thought the stories were very good themselves but I feel the book could have been half the length and without the said Dumbledore commentary. I didn't feel it really added to the stories and would have preferred that instead of these there had been some more stories or the ones that were there could have had some more flesh added. Anyway I still give J K enormous credit for what she has done for the literary world even if, for me this book falls only slightly wide of the mark.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Elen Caldecott on 5 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If only JK hadn't said in 'Deathly Hallows' that there were five tales in this collection! Then she could have given us our fill of post-Potter stories without continuity problems.
This is a great little book. But with a sad emphasis on little. I wanted more! The great thing about this collection is that it shows us the breadth of Rowling's talent. Each of the tales is individual, with a different tone; some light, some funny and - in the case of the Hairy Heart - some dark. And the commentary from Dumbledore has a pleasing academic tone while still being child-friendly.
Just imagine if there were seven tales, or ten, or twelve...
However, the price reflects the size which is great news. A fantastic stocking-filler for anyone with Potter withdrawal symptoms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year that is quite sure to become on of the biggest sellers of the year popped through my door (with a couple of others that I will write about tomorrow) and landed on my matt today. Yes the latest of J.K. Rowling's books `The Tales of Beedle The Bard' has come out. After the success of the Harry Potter novels could something different do as well?

The answer is... for children and hardcore fans definitely. It doesn't really qualify as a book of totally new works because of the fact that Dumbledore runs a commentary throughout the whole book, so actually the book isn't as full of tales as you would believe, and it is also translated by Hermione, so still has masses of Potter running through it.

The tales however are brilliant and Rowling seriously knows how to spin a tale be it long or short. Having read Perrault's fairy tales and re-embracing my love of them earlier in the year this was another joy to read and I can imagine if Rowling made more they could become the fairy tales of future generations. My absolute favourite, though I thought it was a bit gory for children, was `The Warlock's Hairy Heart' I just thought it was simply brilliant.

All five stories are great though be it for morals such as `The Wizard and the Hopping Pot' which teaches you about greed, `The Fountains of Fair Fortune' which had a lovely moral to it that I wasn't expecting and wont give away. You can find something scary in `The Warlocks Hairy Heart'. A brilliant main character and almost traditional fairy tale in `Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump' and another almost traditional tale in `The Tale of Three Brothers' which I think was my least favourite.

Potter fans and children alike will absolutely love this. It's also for charity so if you want to remember when you were a kid and someone sat down and told you a good story then pick this up and curl up on your sofa.
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