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Beauty and the Beast

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  3,070 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Exquisite paintings and a lush retelling bring a treasured classic to new life.

A beautiful daughter dreams of meeting a handsome prince, but in order to save her father's life, she leaves home to live with a terrible, frightening beast. Though her patron is hideous, his disarming generosity slowly leads to a surprising connection. Accessibly and with great compassion, Max
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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fairy tales are short stories which are read to children with the mission of giving them an important message that they will use at some point in their lives. different values and beliefs are experienced through the stories [1]. such tales helped distinguish good from evil and in many cases, fortune would come knocking on one's door and reward the main lead for making all the right choices.

with the classic opener "once upon a time", readers are thrust into the world of the beauty and the beast
Nov 20, 2009 Grace rated it it was amazing

I was floored, positively FLOORED by this picture book of Beauty and the Beast. I have my favorite picture books of this fairy tale, but this one simply blew them all out of the water. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking (I literally shivered and cried when I flipped the page to see one image) and the text really elucidated the classic story, drawing you in. Truly, this book made the fairy tale come alive like nothing else I've ever book or children's book.

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"A tale as old as time"

The Disney version of Beauty and the Beast will remain my perennial favourite. Belle, the bibliophile, the Beast's grandiose library, the talking cutlery and the many aw-gee-shucks moments made this Disney Classic a much-loved affair.

And yet, reading this beautifully illustrated version left me equally mesmerized.
While this version stays true to the original (no hairy Gaston, no Mrs.Potts or Lumière), it carries you along on a wave of pure dreaminess.
The artwork. Oh, th
Feb 08, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
This is a really nice version from 2006; the illustrations from Angela Barrett are magical and full of rich details. The father is a sort of parody of a rich man with predictable patterns and a tendency to overlook all flaws in his family. So he fails to see that Beauty's older sisters are selfish and vindictive and he abuses the saying, "I simply can't say no to my girls." Of all the retellings of Beauty and the Beast I've read, this one is most playful with that father character. It is also ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This may be my favourite retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it is most certainly my favourite Beast. The illustrations are showcased well, especially the two page spreads. I really loved all the characters-reminiscent of the original tale but with a bit more personality and private motivation. This was wonderful!
Jan 22, 2013 Darcy rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful.
Absolutely gorgeous.
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: me
When widowed merchant Ernest Fortune suddenly loses his fortune, he and his now destitute family of three daughters relocate to the country, where they eke out a relatively meager existence. Only his youngest, Beauty, is willing to try to appreciate their new home and life, while his older daughters, Gertrude and Hermione, bemoan their material losses. After losing his last hope for one of his ships, he unthinkingly steals a rose from the garden of a mysterious castle, which leads the beastly ...more
Linda Lipko
Stunningly beautiful illustrations coupled with a lovely rendering of this magical tale lured me into reading this book twice.

The illustrations are simply incredible, leaving me grasping to find a word to do them justice.

When a rich merchant looses his fortune, it is his daughter Beauty who stays by him while his other two selfish daughters whine and complain and are of no emotional support.

When the merchant seeks recovery of one of his lost ships carrying precious cargo, he learns it is of no a
Mandy B
Feb 01, 2016 Mandy B rated it it was amazing
The story is beautifully, classily told by Mr Eilenberg, even if he does use the occasional English idiom with which Americans may not be familiar (both he and the illustrator are English). The writing is pacy, emotive, and sincere in the best possible way. The language is not moon-june-spoon though it is certainly clear -- delivering on the publisher's promise that this is a tale for anybody (of the romantic bent). There is also a dry sense of humour, just enough, in the right places. Bravo, Mr ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
A long, but beautifully descriptive retelling of the original fairy tale adorned with magnificently detailed illustrations that beg you to stay awhile and explore each page. The comparative "opposition in all things" makes for a more brutal and violent portrayal of Beauty's sisters, which didn't thrill me but the emotional journey with the Beast was touching and charitable and caused my daughters to express empathy more than once. The ending was a bit rushed,lacked depth and was disappointing in ...more
Nov 12, 2007 Kimberli rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 4th grade & up
Max Eilenberg has created a fresh retelling of the timeless fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Set in the nineteenth century, this story pulls out all the stops with long, lyrical text and beautiful watercolor pictures that depict both the luxury and the anguish of the story. Angela Barrett's illustrations express the polarity of the story, starting with pictures of the lovely Beauty and then to scenes scattered with lush roses and the large and looming presence of the beast. This sorrowful and sol ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
The illustrations for this version are gorgeous, as others have stated, but on many pages, disappointingly small. They unfortunately take a back seat to the story, which often falls flat. While the descriptions at some rare points are magical and alluring, particularly in the beginning, overall the writing is unsatisfying and mediocre, especially when prioritized above such gorgeous artwork (I mean, come on, Mr. Fortune's return with the red rose? Beautiful!). I found myself wishing I could cut ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Gordon rated it it was amazing
So many times the tale of Beauty and the Beast has been retold, but no retelling is perhaps as richly detailed both in words and illustrations. This version, written by Max Eilenberg, and illustrated by Angela Barrett, is easily the most sumptuous of the many I have read. Eilenberg's version of the story is at once absolutely filled with more than is typically told in any variation of the fable. The richly evocative illustrations set the tale in a hauntingly atmospheric Victorian world. A deligh ...more
MB (What she read)
Artwork is lovely.

Story? I didn't like this version of the sisters as evil, and that its 'okay' to hate the beast because hes ugly?!? I find these elements problematic in something intended for children. Not my favorite retelling of this story, for sure.

Beauty is rewarded for her beauty with a beautiful prince. There's no real character development and romance left me cold. Suggest reading Mckinley's Beauty instead.
May 18, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
This version of Beauty and the Beast has a bit of a twist on it. Instead of being captured by a cold, bossy prince turned beast, the beauty in this tale runs off from home WITH a beast.
His appearance may be a little shoddy, but he cares for her and gives more than what most other people would for her.

The illustrations are light, and really add to the story itself.
Rebecca Ann
This is an excellent, text heavy version of Beauty and the beast. The language and the illustrations are gorgeous and atmospheric. They have a gothic feeling. This would be a good individual read for an older child or a story for a guardian to read aloud to an older child.
Jan 13, 2015 Jennie rated it really liked it
Beautiful words and illustrations, I love the artistic interpretation of the beast.

Great combination of author and illustrator.

I will be gifting it to my niece for her birthday.

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I grew up loving fairy tales, and the reason why is properly displayed in the illustrations of this version of Beauty and the Beast. They are so stunningly gorgeous. They are perfect depictions and the beauty and wonder and magic that fills you up when you think of these stories. I want to live within this book.

Except this version of Beauty and the Beast, like most other fairy tales, are absolutely atrocious things to read to children. This book is long -- it is not a picture book to read to you
Apr 11, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing

A new contender for the title of My-favorite-version-of-Beauty-and-the-Beast!

The text doesn’t have a lot to indicate time and place besides the mention of photography, but the illustrations set the story firmly in the mid-19th century, which is a great way to showcase the vanities of the elder sisters, rigged out in full Scarlet O-Hara mode. They are as spoiled rotten as her, and lacking even at least her determination to get her hands dirty in the pursuit of renewed riches.

Beauty is Good, (as
Nov 26, 2016 Mikayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-230
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Lauren Johnson
Sep 20, 2016 Lauren Johnson rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, funny retelling of a beloved tale. Mr. Fortune is a favorite. So is this book.
Aug 11, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The retelling of this old fairy tale was very refreshing but the star of the book is the awesome illustrations. I was stunned looking through it, seeing how much thought had went into each layout and page. The illustrations are incredibly detailed and direct. My favorites, besides the gorgeous full pages, were the sequential ones. The father returning home as we see the red rose, the old colored item in the picture, slowly coming into focus and finally dominating the picture and our attention. ...more
Randi Goodnight
Beauty and the Beast
With the goodness and love in her heart, a maiden releases a handsome prince from a wicked spell that has turned him to an ugly beast. An old woman turned the prince into a beast because the prince could not love. The only way for the prince to be set free was if he could get someone to fall in love with him. When the young maiden fell in love with the prince the spell was broken, and the couple lived happily ever after. Although Beauty and the Beast is a timeless tale, this
Apr 04, 2010 Phair rated it really liked it
This retelling follows the original fairly closely but has the dreamy romantic longing feel of McKinley's Beauty.

The illustrations are stunning- again, very dreamy watercolors. The setting and dress are 1850s, early 1860s and very correctly depicted. I love the way the illustrations are done in an almost story-board style where you see the action progressing, not just single-moment scenes. The detail is incredible. I particularly like Beast's grand dining hall with the elaborate bronze (?) figu
Elissa Still
Beauty and the Beast follows a young maiden named Beauty and with the goodness and love of her heart she releases a handsome prince from a wicked spell that has turned him to an ugly beast. The reading level for this book is 4th grade through 5th grade.

Comments/observations: Although a timeless tale, this book has a very slow pace and is quite wordy. The imagery is beautiful and great detail is included in every page, however I would not recommend for younger grades since the narrative voice
Katrina Sutton
Sep 17, 2012 Katrina Sutton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tale
The Beauty and the Beast I have always been familiar with was the one from Disney. This one has a different way of telling how Beauty met the Beast. Beauty in this story has two sisters which reminds me of the wicked stepsisters from Cinderella. They are that horrible. All they care about is material things and themselves.

Beauty who is such a kind hearted soul is willingly to live at the castle with the beast after her father took a rose that caused outrage from the beast. Every night she dines
Aug 16, 2014 Tra-Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, thebook
A book of surpassing beauty and lachrymose mystery. It is a single rose.


To my mind, this sort of book strips many "adult" books of their automatic medals of maturity, which presumably equates to worth. I can't help but recall, not without a trace of bitterness, a quote from Michael Ende, the author of The Neverending Story:

"One may enter the literary parlor via just about any door, be it the prison door, the madhouse door, or the brothel door. There is but one door one may not enter it through,
Kayla Pollema
Mar 15, 2010 Kayla Pollema rated it it was amazing
This is the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. This story shows that true beauty is found on the inside of a person rather than outward appearance.

My favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, was constantly in my mind while reading this book. I had never read the book and was fascinated with the story that it was modeled after. The book was very different than the movie but I enjoyed the details in this book. I was surprised to find out the details about Beauties sisters and was enveloped
Maria Celis
Mar 01, 2014 Maria Celis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec545class3
Eilenberg, Max. Beauty and the Beast (2006). A wealthy man who favors his daughters is brought with misfortune, resulting in a demanding situation where his favorite daughter must stay with a horrifying beast. This retelling of the folktale of Beauty and the Beast teaches lessons of understanding, kindness, courage, and humanness. Angela Barrett provides beautiful scenic illustrations that enhances the enchantments of the magical castle while also drawing in details that make the story d
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