Ahhh, J.K. Rowling. I was so excited to read this book full of wizard fairy tales, and it did not disappoint. While not starring Harry Potter, the stories are set within the same magical world, supposedly the tales wizard parents would read to their children to teach them about magic and such. Five stories are in this book, supposedly translated by Hermione, and each followed by commentary from Dumbledore. They shed some light on wizarding history and add a little more background to the world in which Harry lives.
The writing in each of the stories was almost a little formal, definitely making it seem like it was written long ago and actually translated by Hermione, and they were all very different - and one very dark. The stories on their own were good, but the commentary from Dumbledore, explaining the history of the story and lessons learned from it, etc., really made the book even better because it turned fairy tales into reflections on life and gave them deeper meaning.
While not as good as the books actually starring Harry, Hermione, Ron & co. (what is?), I still really enjoyed Tales of Beedle the Bard and thought some of the stories were actually quite better than typical fairy tales simply involving a princess waiting for a prince to come along and for them to fall in love. I'd read this again easily.