The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Illustrated Edition)

Author(s): J. K. Rowling; Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Treasury Collections & Special Editions | Hardback Picture Books | Middle Fiction

The large print, dyslexia-friendly edition of this collection of classic fairytales from the wizarding world - an irresistible read for all Harry Potter fans. The Tales of Beedle the Bard has been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for centuries. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain as captivating to young wizards today as they were when Beedle first put quill to parchment in the 15th century. There are five tales in all: 'The Tale of the Three Brothers' Harry Potter fans will know from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot' and 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump' complete the collection. These narrative gems are accompanied by explanatory notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore (included by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmaster's archive). His illuminating thoughts reveal the stories to be much more than just simple moral tales, and are sure to make Babbitty Rabbitty and the slug-belching Hopping Pot as familiar to Muggles as Snow White and Cinderella. This large print, dyslexia-friendly edition of these much loved fairytales from the wizarding world pairs J.K. Rowling's original text with gorgeous jacket art by Jonny Duddle and line illustrations throughout by Tomislav Tomic. Features to aid accessibility include RNIB-approved and dyslexia-friendly fonts and font sizes, tinted paper for glare reduction and maximum contrast, captions and detailed descriptions to accompany each illustration and themed navigational aids to assist the reader.A contribution from the sale of each book will go to Lumos.

George's Review:


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.


Product Information

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781408898673
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Children's Books
  • : October 2018
  • : .01 Inches X 9.84 Inches X 11.42 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : J. K. Rowling; Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
  • : Hardback
  • : Chris Riddell
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : 160