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This review is from: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5): Adult Edition (Paperback)
This is a children's book. Can anyone really believe that you can turn a children's book into a book that's suitable for mature adults by changing the picture on the cover? I feel sorry for one of the earliest reviewers of this book who purchased two copies: one for his children and one for himself, under the impression that it would be a different telling of the story, written in a more adult style. I hope the poor chap didn't buy the hardback editions at the recommended retail price. With reference just to the Adult Edition of this book I think it would be helpful to point out that it's actually no different from the children's edition. If you don't enjoy reading children's literature, then you probably will not enjoy this book and should not be beguiled by the inaccurate label. It's a shame this warning isn't included in the Amazon review above because, although several reviewers have mentioned this, their reviews drop off the top page after a while.
There are some children's writers that I have enjoyed. Philip Pullman's Dark Materials and Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men, for example, compare very favourable with this author. The important thing about Rowling's books, I've been told, is that they get children reading. I can't argue with that but some of the cheap stereotypes she employs, made me groan. The number of times she repeats and equates the ugliness and the resemblance to a frog with the wickedness and stupidity of the bad witch, Umbridge; and the horrible cousin, Dudley is not just a rotter, he's fat and stupid and he looks like a pig. I can't imagine Pullman or Pratchett resorting to these unworthy devices. Children can get plenty of this sort of prejudice in the school yard without having it reinforced in books that are clearly so popular with them.
I don't recommend this book.