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The Tales of Beedle the Bard


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ISBN13: 9780545128285
ISBN10: 0545128285
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bookgirl94, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
I found these to be interesting, anything that carries on the Harry Potter world is great.
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emmejo, December 28, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
These 5 tales are all constructed to sound similar to traditional fairytales with the twist of being told by wizards, but I found that most fell flat for me. "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" and "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" were alright, although bland. The rest felt like a waste of time (luckily they feature extremely basic writing and are very quick to read.)

Rowling has never had a way with words, but this was abysmal. The writing was choppy and stilted, with a tiny vocabulary (even for kid's stories) except where a thesaurus seems to have been used to stick in more interesting words that stick out like a sore thumb in Rowling's weak sentence structure. This book looks bigger than it is because of the large, double-spaced font with HUGE margins. If you put it into a normal-ish format this would barely qualify as more than a pamphlet.

Dumbledore's notes were obvious and uninteresting, with feeble attempts at wittiness that just made me wince.

HP diehards will probably find the scant few hints about the Wizarding World worth the quick stories, but casual fans will probably want to skip.
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adelerzeta, December 28, 2008 (view all comments by adelerzeta)
equally good as the seven harry potter books...
the best book this year....
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banalwolffae, December 28, 2008 (view all comments by banalwolffae)
Best Stories i ever read to my daughter. these are the best fables since Aesops.
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readersrespite, December 13, 2008 (view all comments by readersrespite)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, mentioned in the final Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is a collection of five stories for young magical children, much like the fairy tales we Muggles tell our own children. Translated by Hermione Granger, The Tales also include commentary and notations by Albus Dumbledore, which were found among his effects after his untimely death.

Let's be honest: what is there to criticize? It's another piece of the Harry Potter phenomenon that will appeal to any fan of the series. Children who are Harry Potter fans will likely enjoy the Beedle Bard's tales, while adults will find the Dumbledore's notations more interesting.

For anyone who has collected the Harry Potter series, I would recommend this volume if for no other reason than to round out your collection.

If you're not a collector of the books, this little "extra" is not going to enhance the series or provide any additional insight into Harry.

If you've never read the Harry Potter series (is there anyone left out there?), then I honestly cannot think of any reason you might want to pick up this book.

Me? I'm a Harry Potter collector, so this book was a must-have for me!
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Rowling, J. K.
Arthur A. Levine Books
Rowling, J.K.
Rowling, J.K.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Short stories
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Harry Potter
Publication Date:
December 1, 2008
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8.25 x 5.5 in
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Product details 128 pages Arthur A. Levine Books - English 9780545128285 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Under the Bard's spell, readers will forget at least briefly the tsunami of bad news and find themselves happy and entertained....The book's first tale again reveals why Rowling is a genius with words, blessed with wisdom, a sly wit and an effortless prose style."
"Review" by , "[B]reezy and enjoyable....Even those who have never read a Potter book will find resonance in these tales, and gems aplenty."
"Review" by , "Sprightly stories told with the sparing detail of true fairy tales but with the narrative voice of 21st Century metafiction....It's all the fun of fairy tales straight...along with reliving the fun of the Potter books and the enjoyment of Rowling being witty, knowing and sometimes just plain thoughtful about the issues the stories raise."
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From J. K. Rowling, a new addition to the bookshelves of every Harry Potter fan: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

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