Beauty and the Beast, The

Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve
MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the creators of the illustrated Jungle Book and Peter Pan, reimagine the beloved French fairy tale The Beauty and the Beast in this deluxe unabridged edition illustrated with stunning full-color artwork and nine 3-D interactive features—published to coincide with the release of the blockbuster Disney live-action musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.Generations of readers have been bewitched by the epic love story of a beautiful young girl imprisoned in the magical castle of a monstrous beast. Now, the classic fairy tale is brought to life in this spectacular illustrated edition as originally envisioned by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. The Beauty and the Beast is packed with specially commissioned, full-color artwork and nine exclusive interactive features, including: a fold-out map of the rich French city where the Merchant (Beauty’s father) and his family reside;a fold out that reveals the interior of the Beast’s enchanted palace;a series of flaps (similar to an Advent calendar) that open to reveal different entertainments; available to Beauty in the Beast’s palace;a dial of the ring Beauty turns on her finger to return to the Beast.This unique gift edition takes readers on a captivating journey through a mystical land filled with enchanting inhabitants. MiniLima’s imaginative artwork, exquisite detail, and engaging design recreate this timeless romantic adventure as never before in a lush unabridged gift edition sure to be cherished for years to come.Disney’s live-action movie musical version of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls), stars Harry Potter alumna Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.


Reviewed: 2018-05-07
There once was a wealthy merchant man with six children. Three sons and three daughters. All of his daughters are beautiful but the youngest, Beauty, is the most beautiful of all. When the merchant loses his wealth, him and his children go to live in a farmhouse. Some time later, the merchant hears that one of his ships arrived back at the port and he sets out to check on it. His daughters ask for dresses and jewels and his sons ask for weapons to hunt with. But his youngest daughter, Beauty, asks for a single rose. When the merchant arrives at the port he learns that his ship was taken to pay his debts. He gets lost on his way home due to a storm and finds a palace to stay in. He is invited in by an unknown figure and sees that the table is set with food and drink and he accepts the gifts and stays the night there. When the merchant is to leave in the morning, he sees a rose garden and finds one for his daughter Beauty, when a “Beast” comes out and accuses him of stealing and tells him the price is his death. After begging for his life, the Beast allows the merchant to take the rose to his daughter if the merchant will return or send one of his daughters to return. He accepts and the Beast sends him home with with wonderful gifts. After he is home, and tells his family of the Beast, Beauty agrees to go. Beauty is now mistress of the castle and the Beast is her servant. She receives wonderful clothing and food and they enjoy conversations together. Every night at dinner, the Beast asks Beauty to marry him and she refuses him every time. Beauty begins to have dreams of a prince, who asks her why she refuses the Beast. She says she only loves him as a friend. Beauty becomes homesick and the Beast allows her to go home only if she will return in one week. The Beast gives her a mirror and a ring before she sets off on her journey. The mirror will show her everything that is happening at the castle and if she turns the ring on her finger three times she will be returned to the castle in an instant. Her sisters beg her to stay and Beauty agrees but begins to feel guilty for lying to the Beast. She uses the mirror to see the Beast and finds him half-dead from the heartbreak. Beauty immediately rushes to his side by turning the ring three times. When Beauty arrives she tells him that she loves him and begins to cry. When her turns touch him, he transforms back into the prince from her dreams. The Beast tells her of the curse that a fairy turned him into a Beast because he would not provide shelter for her and the only way to break the curse was by finding true love. Beauty and the Beast marry and live happily ever after. When I started reading this book, I knew it was not going to be like the Disney version. This is the original story that was published in 1740. I really enjoyed the first five chapters but after that I lost interest. Starting at chapter six is the story of the Beast. The writing was harder to read and essentially I just lost interest in the story. I was hoping that the original Beauty and the Beast would still have the characters of Lumiere or Cogsworth. Those characters are what I love so much about the Disney version. Also this edition of the book with the interactive elements makes the reading a lot of fun. The illustrations are gorgeous and while I may not have loved the entire story, I’m glad to have this copy on my shelves. I’m also glad that I’ve read the original and can say that if I were to read it again, I would just read the first half.
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