Top critical review
Great writing. Mildly dissapointing artwork.
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2017
I'm a little bit disappointed with this release. The writing is great, but my problem is with the illustrations. Specifically, the varying quality of the illustrations. Some of the artwork that has been featured in previews and on the cover is great and I expected the book to be full of similarly designed, thought out, and rendered creatures. However, too many of the illustrations are of a lower quality. Many of them look like the illustrator simply looked up an image of an actual animal and just drew it. I don't like how I can flip through the pages and think, "oh that's just an orangutan. That's just a ferret. That's just a salamander, but painted red." For example, the erumpent illustration, to me, looks like the artist just googled a picture of a rhinoceros and drew it almost exactly as it is. I understand they're not adhering to the specific art style of the movies, but I would have preferred something a bit more fantastical and other-worldly like the erumpent design from the film. Again, there are some great illustrations in here, but overall I think most of them are just ok and that's not quite what I expected.