The Beast Within: A Tale Of Beauty's Prince

Hardcover | July 22, 2014

bySerena ValentinoIllustratorSerena Disney Storybook Art Team, Disney Storybook Art Team

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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse tha...

Serena Valentino is known for her groundbreaking work on the comic book seriesGloomCookieandNightmares & Fairy Talespublished by SLG Publishing. Her first novel,Fairest of All,is a fresh take on the story of Disney'sSnow Whitefrom the perspective of the film's villain, the Wicked Queen.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Disney PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423159128

ISBN - 13:9781423159124

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Gr 4-6 Many children grow up with some familiarity with the story of Beauty and the Beast, particularly the Walt Disney version. Readers often admire the beautiful and smart Belle, a devoted daughter and booklover, who is as lovely on the inside as the outside. That she could come to love such a horrific-looking and reclusive creature is testament to her kind nature. And yet, readers know so little of this mysterious Beast and of the spell that caused him to become an outcast within his own kingdom. In this spin-off from Disney's retelling of the old tale, Valentino does her best to expand upon the Beast's side of things: What was it that transformed the handsome and charming Prince into a Beast? Gaston plays a big role in this story, as does a competing love interest of both male characters, Tulip. Belle doesn't appear until toward the end, as this book operates as a prelude to the film. Some new characters add interest, such as the Odd Sisters, a trio of witches spurred by a broken heart and a zeal for revenge. As interesting as that premise is, the book is weighted down by clunky writing, shallow character development, a lack of depth and nuance. It will likely appeal to only the most die-hard fans of the Disney film. Meg Allison, The Moretown School, VT-SLJ