Tale as old as time/True as it can be/Barely even friends/Then somebody bends/Unexpectedly . . .
Harper Design never does anything unexpectedly, but the publisher has bent itself in a most lavish way. They have just released The Beauty and the Beast ($29.99), the third book in a series of illustrated classics, that gets reimagined in a most deluxe gift edition. What a glorious journey . . . the tome features stunning new artwork and nine interactive features from the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima. Timed to coincide with Walt Disney Pictures’ film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, this book engages those interested in seeing the musical starring Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline and Ian McKellen.
To add elements of visual intrigue, MinaLima includes:
· A trifold map of the rich French city where the Merchant (Beauty’s father) and his family reside
· A fold out that reveals the interior of the Beast’s enchanted palace
· A series of windows that open to reveal different entertainments to Beauty while in the Beast’s palace
· A dial of the ring Beauty turns on her finger to return to the Beast’s palace after visiting her family
This collectible edition is filled with stunning illustrations of stories that continue to be cherished by readers of all ages. Forget the flowers, chuck the chocolates. The Beauty and the Beast is a scrumptious wonder.