Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales - book cover
Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Published : 21 Sep 2021
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN-10 : 006265263X
  • ISBN-13 : 9780062652638
  • Language : English

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

You think you know these stories, don't you?

You are wrong.

You don't know them at all.

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .                           

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare. 

Editorial Reviews

"Haunting, funny, suspenseful, sweet. Fresh and modern with plenty of plot twists. . . All readers will have something with which to identify. Iredale's illustrations are gorgeous, bloody, and magical." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"A brilliant, bloodthirsty fairy-tale collection. Twelve well-known tales are retold through a racially, ethnically, and sexually diverse lens for a modern audience." -- School Library Journal

"A volume that transports readers to a place where the lines between beastly natures and beautiful appearances can be difficult to discern. Expertly crafted . . . Chainani's writing is raw in what it lays bare on the page, perfectly appropriate to revisiting these beloved, ubiquitous stories that may have left readers with naïve expectations or dissatisfied conclusions. For any lover of fairy tales who seeks alternative endings." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Chainani takes 12 time-honored tales and overhauls their traditional tellings, adding an astonishing amount of depth and beauty in the process. Lush, transporting, and occasionally eerie, easily conjuring fantastical worlds. . . An intriguing and inclusive update for modern audiences." -- Booklist

"Terrifying, chilling, unexpected, and glorious. A must-read for any fairy tale devotee who wants to view classic stories through a new lens." -- Medium

Beasts and Beauty puts a fresh spin on everyone's favorite fairytales. -- Culturess

Readers Top Reviews

SheilaJoe MarshallTa
As a lover of fairy tales, this is wonderful. Beautiful writing and gorgeous illustrations. Will please audiences of any age and it also makes a nice coffee table book or holiday gift
Found this book very well-written and applicable to all age groups. It’s an interesting and creative take on stories from my childhood, and taking a step back to rethink those with this book has been a lot of fun. Highly recommend!
Sasha Rae
all of these fairy tales were so interesting and a breath of fresh air compared to the same re-written tales i’ve read my whole life. also i really love the inclusion of some of his other books. 100000/10

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