Author(s): J. K. Rowling; Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
The dazzlingly brilliant Chris Riddell brings his magical illustration talents to J.K. Rowling's gloriously inventive The Tales of Beedle the Bard in a fully illustrated colour edition of this essential classic for Harry Potter fans. Translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, each story is accompanied by deliciously subversive and insightful notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore. Mischievous and witty, these five rollicking tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Each tale is brought vividly to life with Riddell's trademark wit and elegance, including 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', familiar to readers of Harry Potter from the crucial role it played in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Former Waterstones Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is the only illustrator to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, and is brought together here for the first time with one of the world's best loved storytellers in this new edition of J.K. Rowling's fairytale classic. Much loved by generations of witches and wizards since they first appeared in the fifteenth century, this beautifully illustrated edition is set to become a firm favourite at bedtime in non-magical households the world over. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling.
In this beautiful new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Chris Riddell's lush illustrations reinvigorate these magical fables with new life and vibrancy.
Not for the faint of heart, the tales explore the horrors of a cruel heartless warlock consumed by his own evil greed, a sly and clever witch using her wits to escape persecution, a selfish son learning to be generous and kind to those less fortunate, three young women who support and encourage each other to believe in themselves instead of luck, and the tale of the three brothers who tried to cheat Death. The tales have strong morals, as in the style of classic fairy tales, with kindness, quick-wit, and belief in oneself rewarded, whereas greed and cruelty is punished.
Along with the stories are Albus Dumbledore's own personal notes on each tale, also wonderfully illustrated by Chris Riddell, which give humorous and historical context to the wizarding world.
A delightful and fun book for all ages (Note: some violent themes may scare young children) that stokes the imagination and is perfect to read aloud ... and you'll spend hours poring over all the gorgeous illustrations.
A spectacular full-colour illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling's fairytale classic The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with breathtaking illustrations by all-round genius and national treasure Chris Riddell.
J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity - Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos) and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a screenplay based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which opened in London's West End in the summer of 2016. In 2012 J.K. Rowling 's digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy news, features and articles, as well as original content from J.K. Rowling. She has received many awards and honours, including an OBE for services to children's literature, France's Legion d 'honneur and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Chris Riddell is an award-winning illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He is currently the only artist to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, most recently for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle. Chris Riddell was Waterstones Children's Laureate from 2015 to 2017 and has recently been announced as a BookTrust ambassador. He has illustrated the work of many celebrated children's authors, including five Neil Gaiman titles. He is the author of the bestselling Goth Girl and Ottoline series and co-creator of the much loved The Edge Chronicles.