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“Haunting, funny, suspenseful, sweet. Fresh and modern with plenty of plot twists. . . All readers will have something with which to identify. Iredale’s illustrations are gorgeous, bloody, and magical.”  -- Horn Book (starred review)

“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.

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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.

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  • 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
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By Belle’s Middle Grade on October 10, 2021
This is a hard 1 to review, because this is the author of my favorite series of all time. I’ll try not to be biased though lol. He is a genius at taking what we have been taught about fairytales-meaning Disney’s high jacked versions-& flipping them to a totally different idea. Darker for sure. But if you ever read the REAL tales most Disney movie classics are based on-they are DARK. This was written in a way to where I felt I was reading a classic, from a magical narrator. I’m sure it’s the same with everyone, because tastes vary so much, but there were many I LOVED in here, some I didn’t care for, & a couple that left me frustrated(like the ending of 1 for example). But overall, this was dark, gothic, dangerous, edgy, & beautiful. Theres 1 that, in my opinion, is basically making fun of Disney’s version-& I laughed SO hard, because it’s all TRUE! Haha ugh But I still love the Disney movies I grew up with, don’t get me wrong. I accept them for what they are, & love the nostalgia they bring me. There are many triggers in here, & if you are someone who needs warnings for those, I recommend looking them up before reading. 1 especially was extremely disturbing for me, & it’s not even something I’ve ever dealt with. I even think Soman says he is afraid of it, & has still to this day not reread it. So just know that. One of my favorite things is where he gets rid of the idea that the girl always needs saving from a man, & that good looks are all that matter, & equate to whether someone is a good person. Also, we are all in charge of our own stories. Even if it may be similar to another’s story-it’s not. We are living OUR OWN & can change the outcome & come out on the other side. Also, as a stepmother I rolled my eyes at 1 story lol But I always do when that card is played. Just something you do when you become one. This is out now, & I recommend this if you are in the mood for some great writing, with dark retellings of fairytales of old. Soman is so talented. I can’t wait to see what actual full story novels he puts out next. STUNNING cover by Julia Iredale, with just as beautiful illustrations throughout as well!💜
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