Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Fairy Tale
What did you like about the book? For bibliophiles, the best part of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is when Belle is given a huge library. This title imagines which books would be found on the shelves of this library. “Belle’s Book List,” begins with Aesop’s Fables and proceeds chronologically to include Chaucer, Jonathan Swift and Shakespeare among others. The next section is “Belle’s Literary Journal,” which consists of a double page spread with a quote from one of the classic books on the left hand page and Belle’s musings on the quote on the right. For instance, we begin with a quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.” Belle’s reflection is: “No truer words have been spoken. Whatever the name, the label applied – odd, funny, beast – it does not matter. It is one’s essence, what’s on the inside that counts.” Small pastel-toned illustrations appear on Belle’s pages and the book includes a red ribbon bookmark in the binding. The “Appendix” concludes with information on the books quoted, including the edition used and the literary and historical significance of the work.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is the perfect book for a young bibliophile, especially one who loves the Disney movie. The little snippets may encourage older readers to read the classics that are referenced.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 4/26/17