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The Tales of Beedle The Bard Book Review
A Book Review of The Tales of Beedle The Bard
The Tales of Beedle The Bard is a small book comprised of five wizarding fairy tales written by J.K. Rowling the net proceeds of which will benefit the Children's High Level Group. The first seven books of this title were handcrafted and sold for millions; this review is of the mass market or standard edition available to you and me.
Harry Potter was a huge part of our lives as my sons grew up. It was natural that we would be interested in further writings by J.K. Rowling. We devoured every book in the Harry Potter series. We enjoyed the movies; they were entertaining, but they were definitely no match for the books. We wished silently for more Harry Potter books.
This Christmas, my oldest son Douglas gifted The Tales of Beedle The Bard to his fifteen-year-old brother, Ian. Ian placed it on his bedstand right away and read it right away. (You will find his review later on this page.)
Then I discovered that this book has quietly (or somewhat quietly) managed to creep into bestseller status. At the end of December, 2008, Amazon had it rated Number 5 on the bestseller's list. For me, that was somewhat surprising...I needed to check it out so I stole the book from my son's room and now it is on my bedstand...
To hear what I thought of this book, Ian's opinion and other reviews about this little book by J.K Rowling, read on!
"The Tales Of Beedle The Bard
...is a delight from start to finish."
~~ Blog Critics Magazine
- The original five fairy tales, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard."
- J.K. Rowling's new (for the standard edition) introduction.
- Illustrations that have been reproduced from the original book.
- Professor Albus Dumbledore's commentary on each of the tales.
Review From Me
A Mom Over, Let's Say, Twenty-Nine Years Old
Excellent, entertaining stories fill this little volume of fairy tales. Dumbledore comments after each story, explaining and relating each one to the Harry Potter series and to the lives of witches and wizards and J.K. Rowling explains terms or facts that us muggles might not understand. I enjoyed reading this book. It made me want to see the fully illustrated originals or even the limited collector's edition (as shown here!)
"J. K. Rowling has the magic touch. About half the book is Dumbledore's commentary which, with many references to events and elements in the Harry Potter series for fans to catch, will bring joy to hearts that have been forlorn since the final book was finished."
~~ Common Sense Media
A Fifteen Year Old Harry Potter Fan
Fairy tales as they were told to wizarding children. There are no damsels in distress or knights in shining armour here. The only knight in all five stories is in fact in distress himself. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a new insight into the life of a young wizard. Mentioned several times in the Harry Potter series, we were never really told what the stories were. By reading this book, we are able to get a glance into the stories that shaped the imaginations of the growing witches and wizards.
The Tales were both illuminating and fun to read. I would recommend the book The Tales of Beedle the Bard to any and all who enjoyed the Harry Potter series.
This book is the book that topped Amazon's 'Most-Wished-For Products' list for 2008.
Aunt Robin, A Voracious Reader, Teacher and Aunt
The Tales of Beedle the Bard was thoroughly enjoyable. Not only did I enjoy the fairy tales for the magic born, but Dumbledore's comments were enlightening. I particularly enjoyed the play on French words in the story of "Bobbity Robbity and her Cackling Stump." As per usual, Hermione did a wonderful job with the translation!
A bonus is that a portion of the book's selling price goes to a very worthwhile charity, Children's High Level Group.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard in English, The U.S. Edition
The Launching of This Book
The Tales of Beedle The Bard was launched at a party at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, December 4th, 2008. Attendance was limited to 8 to 11 year-olds from the area who were chosen by ballot in the local newspaper. A few tickets were also given away through contests by Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Amazon.
"The stories are great fun, and provide just enough of that old Potter feeling to take the edge off for those suffering withdrawals."
The Trades - Book Review
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Collector's Edition
A limited printing, the collector's edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will not always be available as the other Harry Potter books are and was produced exclusively for Amazon.
Included in this book are the five fairy tales in The Tales of Beedle the Bard. However, they are packaged in a handsome case that looks like a wizarding textbook straight from the library at Hogwarts. Inside that case you will find ten prints that can be framed, a reproduction of J.K. Rowling's introduction, ten pictures that are not in the standard version of the book and a velvet. inside the bag is the copy of the book, which is embellished with a metal skull, corners and clasp as well as replica gemstones and a green ribbon.
All profits from the original sale of the book were to go directly to the Children's High Level Group.
Attention Muggles: Do Not Deliver Before December 4th, 2008!
Follow These Links To Some Excellent 'The Tales of Beedle The Bard' Book Reviews
- Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media gives The Tales of Beedle the Bard Book four stars out of five and recommends it for children aged 10 years and up. "Four kid-friendly stories for Potter fans; one gruesome one."
- Telegraph.co.uk Review
Sameer Rahim reviews the first book from JK Rowling since the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, The Tales of Beedle The Bard.
- Suite 101 Book Review
A collection of five wizarding fables, J K Rowling will delight fans with this supplement to her immensely popular Harry Potter series.
- What a Crazy Random Happenstance Blog
Rowling’s new book is light-hearted on the surface but takes a very clear stance on things like racism and sexual censure in ways the the Harry Potter series never truly did.
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It is interesting how many ways the title of this book was misconstrued. This book was much anticipated and people actually searched for it without the correct title. The actual title is The Tales of Beedle The Bard. However, I have seen it as The Adventures of Beetle and The Bard, The Adventures of Beedle The Bard, The Harry Potter Prequel, The Tales of Beetle The Bard, The Tales of Beedle and The Bard, The Tales of Beadle The Bard, The Tails of Beedle the Bard and The Tales of Beadle The Bard. If you struggled to find this book using one of these different titles or spelling options, I hope that this page has helped you find the book!
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