Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J. K. Rowling

First line: There was once a kindly old wizard who used his magic generously and wisely for the benefit of his neighbors.

Why you should read this book: Fans of Harry Potter series will delight in this collection of seven fairy tales for young witches and wizards, which includes several pen and ink drawings from the author's hand. The stories are whimsical and amusing, suitable on their own as well as artifacts from Potter's universe, but the "commentaries" on each tale, written in the voice of Albus Dumbledore, are equally clever and provide Rowling a voice to explain the moral message of the story, throw subtle aspersions at those critics who seek to censor children's literature, expand the world she has created, and stretch her creative muscles a little further. All proceeds from the sale of this book go towards providing voices for disenfranchised European children, and hopefully, more work in this vein will be forthcoming.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You've petitioned your child's school library to have Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone removed from the shelves.


Julia Borsos said...

Hey I really liked your post. I agree that The Tales of Beedle the Bard certainly open up a new perspective on the Harry Potter universe and especially complement the final installment in the series.

I wrote a contrasting article if you would like to read it, I have in turn linked to your post.

Dragon said...

Thanks for the link, Julia.

I read your review and I have to say, I'm not really sure what you disliked about the book. I felt it delivered exactly what Rowling promised it would deliver, plus a little extra. Maybe you're not into fairy tales? I love them.