The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Author: J.K. Rowling
Released: October 2nd, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
The dazzlingly brilliant Chris Riddell brings his magical illustration talents to J.K. Rowling’s gloriously inventive The Tales of Beedle the Bard in a fully illustrated colour edition of this essential classic for Harry Potter fans. Translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, the volume includes ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, familiar to readers of Harry Potter from the crucial role it played in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Mischievous and witty, these five rollicking tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Each of the tales is accompanied by a deliciously subversive and insightful commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore, all brought vividly to life with Riddell’s trademark wit and elegance.
First of all, can we talk about how stunning the illustrations in this book? I adore the vibrant colours and great details of each illustration. They are simply amazing and you gotta see it for yourself to understand what a beauty it is!
This book consists of five tales. Each one is unique in its own way and they convey important and valuable lessons. Definitely suitable for children, though there is one tale has a scene involving a murdering scene, but still it has a great lesson behind the story. The tales taught me sometimes, it’s not about how strong or powerful we are, but it’s about grit and determination, sincerity and kindness, and many more.
Besides that, we also have the notes from Albus Dumbledore on each story. He dissected each story and it definitely gives readers a deeper insight into the tales. The notes helped me to see things from a different perspective and look into what I’ve missed in the stories.
However, this book has lots of references and the footnotes require readers to refer other books just to get to know the magical creatures as well as other references in the tales and also the notes. I wish I have the other books to refer to as I read this one, or maybe if I have read them beforehand, reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard would be a much more better experience.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, love the illustrations and great values! Definitely would recommend this book. Thank you Pansing for sending this book to me in exchange for an honest review. This book is now available in all good bookstores.