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Beauty and the Beast: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin) Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: GN 340L (What's this?)
  • Series: Graphic Spin
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Spin (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434208613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434208613
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Luke Feldman is an illustrator, animator, and designer from Australia. For more than 10 years, he has worked on high-profile projects for large corporations such as Microsoft and Coca Cola. He has also worked closely with the Australian education department, developing animations and interactive games for children.

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

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Michael Dahl is the author of more than 200 books for children and young adults. His nonfiction has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times. His Finnegan Zwake mystery series published by Simon & Schuster won rave reviews and two of its titles were shortlisted for the Edgar and the Anthony Mystery Awards. He has written The Everything Kid's Joke Book as well as Gotcha Covered! (with Kathleen Baxter from School Library Journal) on nonfiction books that get kids excited about reading. Dahl is the Editorial Director for Stone Arch Books based in Minneapolis, where his books have won national design awards and been selected by the Junior Library Guild. His fantasy series, The Library of Doom, is the most-read series by hi-lo readers across the country. He has spoken at numerous schools, libraries, bookstores, and conferences inn the US and UK, including ALA, AASL, Renaissance Learning, TLA and IRA. He lives in a haunted house.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting little book. The story is "Beauty and the Beast" but not the modern Disney-fied version. Instead it harkens back to the original where there are selfish sisters and a dad that promises to send Beauty to see The Beast, if only The Beast won't eat him. (He's not kept captive, you see)

In this version, Beauty traipses off to see The Beast after her father arrives home. The two hang out and then, after awhile, she tells Beast that she misses her family, whereupon they agree she should go, promising to return in one week. What Beauty doesn't know as she departs is that all promises are binding in the castle. And that if she doesn't return within the allotted time that The Beast will die.

Even with these small changes, the story will be fairly familiar to most of us who have heard it before. And in that sense, this book is likely to be a success with it's target audience. Where it might not succeed would be with children who aren't that familiar with story, or with children who are ready for a more detailed version. This one, you see, is rather short and rather light on continuity. You would think the story could be told in 40 pages, but in truth there isn't a great deal of text per page-- little more than a sentence or two -- and perhaps that's what accounts for the lapses.

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This book is at the AR 2.6 level, which means that this is a graphic novel in a more simple form than you might be picturing in your mind. Luke Feldman's artwork is simple and appropriate for youngsters. The Beast is interesting without being scary, and the drawings are more cartoonish than anime. Sort of on the order of Dora the Explorer if done in darker tones.
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I've bought this book 3 times now because it's so popular in my classroom that it endures a lot abuse. I'm going to cover it with contact paper this time, hopefully that will help. The illustrations in this book are absolutely georgious, the colors are fantastic. Of all the Graphic Sping books, it's the most appealing with Jack & the Beanstalk right behind it.
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