Monday, December 15, 2008

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Author: J.K. Rowling
Location: J Rowling
Reading Level: Juvenile

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of five tales from the world of Harry Potter, that are comparable to the muggle fairy tales by the Grimm brothers. The book begins with an introduction from J.K. Rowling explaining the origins of the stories and each one concludes with commentary from Professor Dumbledore.

I will not make this review even longer by discussing each individual tale, they all have a good moral and the commentary by Dumbledore is in most cases extremely funny (at one point I laughed out loud). My favorite tale was Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump, I always love it when a smart woman saves the day and makes the guys look foolish!
The only warning I will give is that a few of the tales have some darker elements. In particular, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart is one that some parents may want to skip if reading to young children.

The Bottom Line: This is a great supplement to the Harry Potter canon. The tales are funny, uplifting and sometimes a little sad. In my opinion, Dumbledore’s commentary is one of the biggest reasons to buy this book. Read it, and enjoy getting another little glimpse of Dumbledore and the world of Harry Potter.

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