Friday, January 8, 2010

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

genre: fiction

Ah, clever Rowling. Giving us a small fix of her world, to spread the Harry Potter Magic a little bit further (as if it still had further to go).

This is really just a book of "fairy" tales a la the Magical World. Apparently, if we'd been raised as wizards and witches, we would've heard these tales at our mother's knee. Which, to be honest, is a little scary, in same cases - since at least one is pretty seriously disturbing. Although, when you think about our own fairy tales, they're pretty disturbing too, I guess. Beedle's got the witch who turns herself into a "stump," a crabby son of a wizard with a crazy pot, a journey to a magical fountain as well as the infamous tale of the three brothers that we learn about in the 7th book.

The tales themselves are fine. Witty, in some cases, maybe a bit slow in others. My 9 year old daughter, that I read this one aloud to, enjoyed them all. What I found the most entertaining, however, was the "commentary" by Albus Dumbledore that follows each story. He puts the tales in "historical context" and often references people/circumstances that hard-core Potter fans will relish recognizing.

If you loved the series, it's worth reading just to spend a little time with Dumbledore again.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

This book was just okay for me, but I think I went into it with expectations that were too high. Glad you and your daughter enjoyed it.

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