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Beauty and the Beast Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408312719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408312711
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.1 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Stylishly illustrated by Sarah Gibb. (Sunday Express)

Some picture books are also works of art and Sarah Gibb's elegant illustrations, and particularly her silhouettes, make this an example. Jones returns to the traditional 18th Century tale for this stunning publication. (Newcastle Journal)

Sarah Gibb's cleverly contrasting illustrations make this version of the fairytale classic one to treasure. (Cork Evening Echo)

Beautifully illustrated and as enchanting as the movie by the same name, this new version of a classic tale is perfect for reading to a little princess with a vivid imagination. (Daily Record)

Ursula Jones' sparkling retelling of Beauty and the Beast is gloriously offset by Sarah Gibb's bright, striking illustrations. (Good Book Guide)

Exquisitely detailed style... elegant retelling of Beauty and the Beast... will grace any library shelves. (The School Librarian)

One of the best retellings of my all time favourite fairy tale. Stunningly illustrated by Sarah Gibb and enchantingly retold by Ursula Jones. (Bath Chronicle)

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A glorious picture book retelling of classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

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I bought this for my 4 and 6 year old grandsons because we are going to see the play in December, but ithe book's language is really aimed at an older age group.
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The art work in this book is beautiful. A lovely retelling of a classic.
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The illustrations are just beautiful . My 5 year old and 7 year old think really enjoy this one and rapunzel.
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A collaboration between Sarah Gibbs and Ursula Jones, this book is a wonderful opportunity to adapt Beauty and the Beast, the legendary fairy tale of Madame Leprince de Beaumont. Under her excellent visual style of profile watercolours and silhouettes, Sarah Gibbs displays the same mastery she had in Rapunzel and the Princess who had no Kingdom. Cover presenting the main character(s) between two trees, profile silhouettes and watercolours, and collage for the clothes; in sum everything she presented in Rapunzel, another book from her that I loved. What's even thrilling, and that's something I never got to mention in my Rapunzel review, is how the artist presents architectural structures like the Beast's mansion and Beauty's room in shadowy profiles and displays those rooms' contents along with the characters' behaviour. It's a wonderful idea that reinforces the magic of her book and makes the story more alive. Another artistic detail I appreciated was Sarah Gibbs's use of shadows; especially in the pages where the Beast presents himself to the Father and only a faint ray of light covers the man's face. This lighting element added a tension and a mysterious energy that allowed to express things that the text didn't mention.

As for the storytelling, Ursula Jones present the fairy tale very close to how Beaumont wrote it. We have the jealous eldest sisters, the father who becomes poor, him going to the docks hoping to get his money back, and all the other elements inside the original story, except the resolution as to the sisters' punishment for their bad behaviour. Leaving an open-ending that encourages parents and their children to imagine what will happen next. But also a discussion between those that have read the story.

In conclusion, this book is another artistic collection for art lovers and artists, but also families, and fairy tales academics to purchase.
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Beautifully-illustrated and re-told story :-)
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