Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Beauty and the Beast by An Leysen - ADVISABLE

Leysen, An Beauty and the Beast.  PICTURE BOOK.  Clavis, 2017.  $20.  9781605372518

The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast with a few fun twists.  Belle has a jealous older sister who gives her a sleeping potion so that she can’t return to the castle.  Belle rushes back to save the Beast and the end is much more fable-like and a lot less Disney. 

The illustrations are gorgeous, unique, and transport you to another time and place.  The book was translated from Dutch but reads very well in English.  The twist at the end will either please or shock young readers (spoiler alert: the mean older sister turns into a statue). 

Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.

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