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The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty Hardcover – April 29, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Maleficent
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423197518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423197515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,838 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.


Nicholas Kole grew up traveling in Europe with a sketchbook in his hand, and has since made his home in New England. In 2009, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the a degree in Illustration. He now works from a cozy studio on the west end of Providence, where he designs characters and illustrations for video games, animation, comics, and books like this one! Clients include Hasbro, Riot, MIT, EA Games, Cloudkid, Dark Horse Comics, and the Flight Anthology.

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I love the accompanying artwork.
Wendy A. Emlinger
I thought that it was an excellent twist to the fairytale, and I highly recommend the book.
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Each have their own pros and cons, it's just up to you to decide which you prefer!
Corey March

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LovesBooksandCats on May 9, 2014
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The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty is a wonderful story and fast, fun read for the whole family to enjoy.
However, this is not your typically Sleeping Beauty tale and do not expect it to be based on Disney's animated film Sleeping Beauty.

This story is a far cry from the animated feature that most know and love. This is the story of Maleficent and how she came to be, why she did what she did and how her interactions with Aurora changed her destiny.

I want to make perfectly clear that The Curse of Maleficent and Maleficent are two different books. The Curse of Maleficent is written in the vibe of a fairy tale from different perspectives for families to enjoy . Maleficent is based off the live action movie and has a much darker theme than this book. So be warn when choosing which one to read to your children as The Curse of Maleficent is for younger readers while Maleficent is gear more towards an older audience of children.

The Curse of Maleficent is written in third person and from three different view points; Robin (a fairy), Knotgrass (also a fairy) and Aurora. I will not go into specifics so as not to ruin the story but these three characters' view the story of Maleficent from an outside perspective and show how Maleficent's actions effect them. The story is beautifully told from these three characters who are well-rounded characters.The story is fast pace and fill of fantasy. The illustrations of the book will delight any child or fan of Disney's new take on the story of Sleeping Beauty. Do not expect it to be like the animated film.

I will hope anyone who reads this story will enjoy it as much as I have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corey March on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A little back-story:
I've been obsessed with this movie ever since I heard it was coming out. Been buying everything Maleficent related I can find, so when I found out the movie had (two) books coming out, I had to get them! At first I was hesitant to read it, I didn't want the movie spoiled for me (although I kidna did) but in the end I figured..."oh well, once the movie comes out I won't want to read it anyway!" So I read the book(s)! I'm so glad I did...now I can't wait even more for the movie to come out!

If you're not obsessed like me, I would say just buy one or the other, since they both pretty much tell the same story, however there are some slight differences between the two books.

For instance, this book has artistic depictions of Maleficent and Aurora between chapters, while the other book has none. I found that the other book was slightly more detailed in it's telling of the story, where as this one was not. Each have their own pros and cons, it's just up to you to decide which you prefer! (Or get both like I did!)

As for the story, it's a great read! Not at all how I expected the story to go, but very excited! The detail is a little lacking, as if they just copied the screenplay...however with a little imagination that can be fixed. Besides, the movie comes out in less than a month anyway, so we'll get to see then, just how close this book comes to the actual story. Personally, if the story follows the book exactly, I will be SO happy!

My only concern is that the die-hard Maleficent fans will be slightly disappointed with how they portrayed this "Mistress of all evil." As for me, I'm already waiting to pre-order the movie on Blu-Ray combo pack! Lol <3
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arashi on May 25, 2014
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I will not lie - I bought this book for the shiny art. I was leery of the film trailers I'd seen and expected the story to be forgettable at best. I was most pleasantly surprised to discover that not only was the art every bit as beautiful as anticipated, but the story has a nice, solid plot, characterization, and that it holds promise that the film will be more than a long stream of CGI fight scenes. There were subtle references in that surprised and delighted me, some genuinely surprising and pleasing plot twists, and while I will revist the art more than I reread (because drooling over pretty pictures takes less time), it will definitely not be a "read it once and shelve it" book.
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This is a great addition to anyone looking to buy something for their kids or to add to their Disney collection. The writing is great, and the art is absolutely beautiful. Definitely recommend this book!
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By Wendy A. Emlinger on July 1, 2014
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A fantastic story, reimagining the Sleeping Beauty story from Maleficent's point of view. Adds a whole new depth and background to familiar but largely unknown character. We always knew what she did, but never why. Now this story explores a possible reason for Maleficent's actions. I love the accompanying artwork.
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By Diane F. Roth on June 30, 2014
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Book is a good read...it ties in wonderfully with the 2014 movie. It has wonderful artwork and tells how/why Maleficent became EVIL. ;)
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By mgee on June 30, 2014
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GREAT SUMMER READING-FOLLOWING SEEING THE MOVIE, ENJOYED THIS READ--GOOD FOR ALL AGES-CURRENTLY ENJOYED BY 8 YR OLD
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