- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 880 (What's this?)
- Series: Harry Potter (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545790352
- ISBN-13: 978-0545790352
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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Gr 4–7—Whether they're committed Potterheads who grew up reading the world-changing fantasy series or children just old enough to enjoy the stories for the very first time, readers will want to pore over this stunning illustrated edition, which features the full and unabridged text (with the exception of the title, the text is from the original British edition). From the dark and stormy endpapers to the ink-sploshed pages to Kay's expressive pencil and watercolor illustrations adorning almost every page, the story of Harry's humble beginnings with the wretched Dursleys, the arrival of his letter from Hogwarts, and his first adventures as "the boy who lived" come to brilliant life in this beautiful—and beautifully designed—edition. Though the size and heft might make library circulation somewhat challenging, this is a fantastic gift.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal
"A wonderful first novel. Much like Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling has a gift for keeping the emotions, fears, and triumphs of her characters on a human scale, even while the supernatural is popping out all over. The book is full of wonderful, sly humor [and] the characters are impressively three-dimensional (occasionally, four-dimensional!) and move along seamlessly through the narrative. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. Like Harry Potter, [J. K. Rowling] has wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special." -- The New York Times Book Review
"A charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel. . . . A glorious debut, a book of wonderful comic pleasures and dizzying imaginative flights. There is no cause to doubt Rowling's abilities and promise, and every reason to expect great things, truly great things, from her in the future." -- The Boston Sunday Globe
"You don't have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter." -- USA Today
"The story delights and the writing gives you goosebumps, the good kind." -- Chicago Tribune
*"Readers are in for a delightful romp with this award-winning debut from a British author who dances in the footsteps of P. L. Travers and Roald Dahl. Rowling leaves the door wide open for a sequel; bedazzled readers will surely clamor for one." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
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The quality of this new illustrated edition is phenomenal. I've been excited about the release of this book since it was announced, but I never expected the book as a whole to be so well crafted.
A couple of things to note:
1. Underneath the book jacket, the novel is bound in a sturdy red hardback with gold lettering on the spine.
2. The paper is thick with an eggshell glossy finish.
3. All chapter intros are illustrated.
4. Some images take up full pages or multiple pages. Most illustrations share the page with text.
5. Every inch of the book is illustrated or decorated in some fashion. There are NO white pages in the book. Even the pages without large illustrations have the paper printed and marked with ink blots or paper "stains".
I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to read the series (again, or for the first time), especially if you plan to read this with someone younger. If this book is a demonstration of what is to come with the illustrated editions for the rest of the series, we're all in for six more impeccable treats.
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Original Quality printed edition of BLOOMBURY which i got from seller named "Book Selection Centre" Best seller i seen on Amazon.
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Well I caved... and I'm glad I did! It won't work on my Kindle Paperwhite which is a shame, but it works nicely on the Kindle App on my Tablet & Phone. It really is extra magical to read when the beautiful illustrations unexpectedly move. The movement is often subtle so you almost doubt you've seen it move & have to look again.
I'm a huge Harry Potter fan & love that extra ways of making the books more magical keep being developed. I'm looking forward to the next books in this format.
I'll start with the downside to the paperback copy and that's the fact that there's only 'selected highlights' of Jim Kay's beautiful illustrations (that's why i've rated it four stars). I don't know why they did this, maybe to cut down on cost? The RRP of the hardbacks is £30 whereas the paper back is half the price.
Anyway that's the downside out of the way now for the good stuff. The paperback is definitely a bit more reader friendly, there's less bulk and of course it's more pliable.
Even though there's less illustrations than the hardback they still look stunning, all printed on glossy paper in superb detail.
At the time of writing the paperback edition is a tenner on amazon and will probably drop in the near future. The hardback is obviously the ultimate illustrated edition but the paperback is really good for reading with my little boy so definitely worth it.
Delivery time was excellent, stated not in stock until the 13th, marked as dispated just gone midnight on the 13th and delivered that day. Shame about the courier leaving this box and another Amazon order right outside my front door, on a busy street, as I wasn't in! Luckily it wasn't stolen or raining!
Couldn't be more delighted. I baulked at the thought of spending 30 pounds on a book my older daughter already owns the paperback of, however was happier with spending 15. Given the result I would have paid full price and am lining up to buy the full set. The fact that the print is larger and there are pictures on every page makes all the difference for a new reader which is well worth the money.
Well this ticked pretty much all of the boxes. Its a lovely big book and the full colour illustrations do help with the kids in following the story to give them an idea of the characters in it or what is going on. Because of its size we can make it family reading by taking turns reading and to this end its done a great job. Hoping the Harry Potter films are going to be on TV over Christmas as we are a good way through this now so it would be great to see it on TV as well.
After the last film came out , most fans found themselves without any Harry Potter. Then there was rumours of illustrated editions coming out. So I preordered on amazon for my birthday !
What beautiful illustrated books these are! Jim Kay perfectly draws J K Rowlings stories with events and scenes. He illustrates what most fans imagine the Harry Potter world would look like - love how Snape and marauders map is drawn!
I’m going to get every book in the series!
So when I finally decided to grab a Harry Potter book, I wanted to have the best edition. I'm so glad I picked the illustrated version.
Words cannot describe the beauty of this book. I'm awestruck with absolutely every inch of it. I love the cover, the illustrations and the vivid burst of colours. The paper quality is amazing. And I'm sure I'll love the "story" as well.
I won't be exaggerating if I said it was difficult to believe that this book is available for such low price.
Out of all the amazing books I have ever owned, this one is my favourite. (I'm not letting anyone touch it, it's so beautiful)
We are going to have a Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone movie night tonight to celebrate finishing the book. Am very excited to introduce my kids to Harry Potter. 😊