Hardcover with dust jacket. First printing of first edition. Book is in near fine condition; one corner is bumped. Unclipped jacket is in near fine condition, with a whisper of wear at edges. Illustrated by Barry Moser. 4to. 69 pp. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Taking the place of her father as the prisoner of the Beast, young Beauty finds enchantment, friendship, romance, and love with the frightening Beast, in a magical version of the famous folktale, complemented by magnificent wood engravings. All ages.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-- From a first glimpse of the jacket, readers will know that this is not just another retelling of an old story, but something entirely different. And so it is, for Willard and Moser have reworked the foundations of the tale to create a book that startles and surprises (and absolutely satisfies) readers. While the plot is remarkably true to the original, the setting will catch readers off guard--New York at the turn of the century. The rough-hewn, prosaic American backdrop may seem at odds with the magic of the tale, but Willard's poetic prose, filled with vivid images and intricate period detail, and Moser's strong, evocative black-and-white wood engravings root the tale firmly and naturally in this place; the characters fit it perfectly. Beauty is a sturdy, pragmatic young woman--kind, courageous, and rational. She is human enough to resent her sisters' greed, while her intelligence allows her to see the Beast's sorrow and gentleness despite his ugliness. And this is a truly horrible beast--one that walks upright with a grossly distorted, but all- too-human face (rather like George C. Scott as Mr. Hyde). This is a masterful collaboration, with text and illustration anticipating and echoing each other. The language is direct, yet rich in images; the pictures are solidly rendered, with delicately sensuous undertones. They have an intriguing depth and dimension, like old photographs that capture real moments in time. This is an astonishing and beautifully made book, with an original vision and unique voice. Don't miss it.
- Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gaineville, FL
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Title: Beauty and the Beast
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. 0152060529 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0152060529Z4
Book Description Harcourt, 1992. Condition: Fair. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP8618366
Book Description Harcourt, 1992. Condition: Fair. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. Seller Inventory # GRP60254311
Book Description Harcourt, 1992. Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP92336342
Book Description Harcourt, 1992. Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP2865655
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2865664057
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # G0152060529I5N00
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Seller Inventory # G0152060529I3N10
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Seller Inventory # G0152060529I3N00
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Seller Inventory # G0152060529I3N00