Thursday, May 7, 2009

Book Review: Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Description of The Tales of Beedle the Bardfrom Amazon:

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter."

I'm not sure how I completely forgot to review this book after I read it for the read-a-thon, but better late than never huh? This collection of wizarding fairy stories was delightful to read. The tales themselves are quirky and witty, but Dumbledore's commentaries are almost better. I love how he not only points out most of the "morals" that other's think they represent, but the real morals of the stories. And, of course, the Three Brothers story was interesting for the Deathly Hallows tie-in. A perfect book for the true Harry fan.

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->

Probably some violence, but not much.

Overall rating: ****


  1. I thought Dumbledore's commentary pretty much made this book. The stories were cute, but the commentary really held it together.

  2. I read this book for the read-a-thon too. Still have to review it though! I agree with KT, Dumbledore's commentary was the best.


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