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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423185439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423185437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Rudnick has written over thirty books, including the original novel Tweet Heart as well as tie-ins such as Frankenweenie Junior Novel, Oz: The Great and Powerful and the best-selling junior novel based on Pirates of the Caribbean 2. In her previous role as a Disney Editor she worked on the New York Times best-selling memoir, Miles to Go, helped launch the popular Blue Bloods series, and edited dozens of books based on films such as Enchanted, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and Tron. She is now a freelance editor and writer living on Cape Cod with her husband and two lovable mutts, Jack and Ginger.

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I read it in one night and am going to see the movie tomorrow......can't wait!!!
griffin107
Though the story had an interesting plot it lacked the necessary detailing for emotionally investing the reader in Maleficent's story.
Miss AKA
I think that everyone should thank the person who thought about making the movie and book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LovesBooksandCats on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story of Maleficent is the story of Sleeping Beauty wonderfully told from Maleficent's perspective. The story is told in third person through Maleficent with a splatting of Stephan's view point (you were learn about him from either of the two books based on the live action film or from the film itself.) The story tell the origins of Maleficent, how she grew up, why she placed a curse on Aurora and how her interactions with Aurora changed her destiny. Be warned, this is a darker version of the story based on the film and not really intended for young children. If you want to read the story of Maleficent to younger family members, check out, The Curse of Maleficent.
Maleficent is a fast paced read based more closely on the live action film Maleficent and being more heavily focus on Maleficent. It goes into more depth on the character of Maleficent and goes into more detail on her interactions with those around her (particularly with her raven) more so than The Curse of Maleficent.
All in all it is a great read!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MaliceInWonderland on May 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is a part of the series that includes "Fairest of Them All". While I enjoyed Fairest more than this story, I thoroughly enjoyed both.

The book starts with Maleficent's birth and works through most of her life. The curse at Aurora's baptism only happens halfway through the book, which I found really worked for the story. The author/ screenwriters of the film take several of the expected points and really twist them so as to still surprise the reader. She does a good job with humanizing the villian, although I wish they had left her a tiny bit more evil. I do like that other events contribute to Maleficent's change, not just one specific one that is commonly used.

Overall, a fun and fast read before the movie comes out, which interesting twists to keep you interested.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss AKA on June 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was pretty disappointed in reading Elizabeth Rudnick's Maleficent as it had the potential to be a truly epic retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. Unfortunately this book was geared for much younger CHILDREN, and I would consider it a children's book that is not in any way YA. Though the story had an interesting plot it lacked the necessary detailing for emotionally investing the reader in Maleficent's story. Character development was almost non-existent, which made it difficult to understand the motivations behind each characters actions. The storyline was also underdeveloped and read more like a list of plot points rather than a smoothly transitioning novel. Overall this book would probably serve as a decent outline for someone more willing to expand and develop the story as it was meant to be told.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By annebrookstone on April 29, 2014
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I am so excited for the movie to come out next month that the minute I heard there was a novelization I pre-ordered, on the spot. Luckily for me I pre-ordered just hours before it was released.

I'm not certain if the movie will follow the book exactly or if there will be deviations or scenes cut out for time. But my impressions of the book is that it's a good story, excellent moral values for kids and anyone who likes that sort of thing, but it isn't preachy.

In many ways the story is exactly the same and in others it changes rather drastically. I wasn't sure about the decision to make her a fairy. I miss certain aspects of her original character, but it's still a really good story with a happy ending.

It isn't particularly dark making it perfectly acceptable for children to read. In some ways I would have liked to see a darker, deeper version of the character, but for what it is, it's still pretty good. They did do very well in humanizing Maleficent. She isn't the petty, albeit extremely scary and fun villain she was in the classic cartoon. She is more like a real person, who happens to be a fairy, who suffers at the hands of others. I felt that her characterization was well done, although, in some ways I still feel a tinge of disappointment that she isn't the dark villain I hoped her to be.

I gave it 5 stars anyway because it was a really good story, taken on it's own merit, and I think the movie will be awesome too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kaousuu on June 1, 2014
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I picked the Kindle edition up this morning as a follow-up read to the film, which I saw last night. I felt that there was some holes that needed to be filled, and the novelization did help in this regard. It is a children's book, so I was able to read 272 pages in an hour and a half with a break for lunch and refills on my coffee, but consider that a good sign, as I usually tend to ask Amazon for a refund after the first two pages of a book I do not like.

The movie itself picks up at chapter 3, which allows for additional backstory for those that choose to pick up the novel. Of course, any time a book is available, readers are often treated with extras not seen in the movies. I definitely feel like it could be fleshed out more, or given an adult adaptation, but I recommend this read for anyone who has seen the film, and is looking for that bit extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Larson on May 30, 2014
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Going to see the movie tonight....hope it keeps to the storyline of the book. The book is written as for a child, but that didn't bother me at all.
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