Beauty and the Beast
Written by Jessica Gunderson
Illustrated by Thais Damião
The author and artist have created a nicely done graphic novel designed for 2-7 year old children (i.e. Pre K-3rd grade). This 32+ page book not only presents a simplified version of the familiar story but also provides some guidance for the child in how to read a graphic novel and aids that could be used by teachers or parents to enhance the reading experience.
Though the story and presentation was a bit less than I, as an adult reader, might want; the book is just about perfect for the young reader. The pictures are large and colorful. They lack some of the detail seen in more typical comic books, but would be eye-catching to the child. The vocabulary is also appropriate for the young reader - though, as one might expect, the pre-reader would need help in getting through the book. I could easily see buying a copy for my granddaughter who is mentoring 1st grade or my grandson who is entering kindergarten - both would enjoy having a copy in their own hands.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.