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Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales Hardcover – September 21, 2021
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“A brilliant, bloodthirsty fairy-tale collection. Twelve well-known tales are retold through a racially, ethnically, and sexually diverse lens for a modern audience.” -- School Library Journal
"A volume that transports readers to a place where the lines between beastly natures and beautiful appearances can be difficult to discern. Expertly crafted . . . Chainani’s writing is raw in what it lays bare on the page, perfectly appropriate to revisiting these beloved, ubiquitous stories that may have left readers with naïve expectations or dissatisfied conclusions. For any lover of fairy tales who seeks alternative endings." -- Kirkus Reviews
“Chainani takes 12 time-honored tales and overhauls their traditional tellings, adding an astonishing amount of depth and beauty in the process. Lush, transporting, and occasionally eerie, easily conjuring fantastical worlds. . . An intriguing and inclusive update for modern audiences.” -- Booklist
“Terrifying, chilling, unexpected, and glorious. A must-read for any fairy tale devotee who wants to view classic stories through a new lens.” -- Medium
Beasts and Beauty puts a fresh spin on everyone’s favorite fairytales. -- Culturess
About the Author
Soman Chainani is the New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series. The fairy-tale saga has sold over 3 million copies, been translated into 29 languages, and will soon be a major motion picture from Netflix, which Soman will executive produce.
Soman is a graduate of Harvard University and received his MFA in film from Columbia University. Every year, he visits schools around the world to speak to kids and share his secret: that reading is the path to a better life.
You can visit Soman at www.somanchainani.com.
Julia Iredale is an artist from Victoria, BC. She earned a Bachelors degree in Illustration from Emily Carr University in 2015, and now works as a freelance illustrator for clients around the world. Her work is informed by her love of mythology, dark fantasy, and human psychology, weaving these together to create beautiful, mysterious characters and worlds.
- Publisher : HarperCollins (September 21, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006265263X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062652638
- Reading age : 10 - 13 years
- Grade level : 5 - 6
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Belle’s Middle Grade on October 10, 2021
This fairy tale collection features a diverse cast of characters and new twists on the ol' tales. The most traditional aspect of these tales is that they tend to run a bit darker than what most American children grow up reading (and so they are truer to early versions across cultures in that way). I love this aspect, but folks looking for a happy ending and a bunch of expected archetypes won't find that in every tale. This collection may also skew toward a slightly older audience for this reason.
Having taught both Children's Literature and Great Myths and Legends at the college level for many years, I have encountered a higher than average number of fairy tale collections from various cultures and time periods and with disparate focuses. Overall, this is one of the more satisfying anthologies I've read, and I'd like to give special props to "Red Riding Hood," "Bluebeard," and "Peter Pan." These were my favorites (and they are in good company with many other worthy options).
I'll absolutely be recommending this one to students and to any reader interested in a modern take on some classic tales!