Monday, November 9, 2015

Shon reviews Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition

Title / Author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: TheIllustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling (Author), Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Publisher / Year Published: Arthur A. Levine Books; Illustrated edition / October 6, 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars


The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.

For the first time, J. K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Rowling herself selected artist Jim Kay, whose over one hundred illustrations make this deluxe format as perfect a gift for the child being introduced to the series as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him---will find unforgettable.

My Review

This is a must buy/read for any Harry Potter fan. The illustrations are a beautiful and wonderful addition to a brilliant book! It was like reading the story for the very first time.

Jim Kay did a splendid job of putting his own touches on the various characters and key scenes of the book. It does not seem like he was influenced by the movies. This, however, is a good and bad thing, to me Emma Watson will forever be Hermione.

What I love about the illustrations is how numerous and how detailed; such as pages with full illustrations, half-illustrations and sometimes just little ink or paint drops on the pages.

I can't wait for the next one to come out! Beware, the Illustrated Edition is very large and heavier than the original books. I’m a little scared to see the rest of books in the series – they might be the size of an encyclopedia.

But it has been years since we had something Harry Potter to look forward to.

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