Recommended Age: 4 to 8 years old
This cover does absolutely no justice for the beautiful art inside. Beast has a big afro-esque mane and Beauty is colorful, and rich in tone – I am refering to the art, of course. This story is set in Africa, and everything from the clothing, to the art, and characters matches it.
I like the little details in the story. The eyes on the back of Beast’s chair glaring. The gleam of the jewels. The rich colors.
Written through Beauty’s perspective – unique. She trades herself for her father’s life-long punishment with Beast. After years, he starts to ask her to marry him, which she refuses on multi accounts. When her father falls ill, Beast grants her freedom for eight days, but after 10 days she went back to him after feeling guilty and a terrible dream.
I like this story. But I always recognized myself as Belle in the Disney version. And this particular version is refreshing.
Rated as part of ‘The Best Books of 2014’ by Kirkus Reviews.
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