Beauty and the Beast is a very well known and also well loved story, so we were a little bit nervous about picking this up!
Michael Morpurgo has put his own stamp all over this story and changed it quite subtly, but to be honest we found the book a bit on the long side and it dragged a little for us.
Instead of just Belle and her dad, we had two very selfish sisters that were quite cheeky. Their poor father tries his very best for the girls, but for the two sisters nothing is ever good enough! But Belle is a lovely girl who would do anything to help others.
I think the very best thing about this has to be the fabulous illustrations! They are very beautiful and are bursting with colour and life. The Beast looks great and my daughter really loved him with his big blue fuzzy body.
The ending is good and made us smile from ear to ear when Belle gets her own back in the final pages.
This is a lovely little retelling with very pretty illustrations but it seems to drag on forever to be fair - but that's just a personal thing!
3 / 5 Stars
*Special thanks to Harper Collins Children's Books for the review copy*
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