Bedtime story of the week: Peep Inside a Fairy Tale Beauty and the Beast

Usborne’s latest book Peep Inside a Fairy Tale Beauty and the Beast will coincide with Disney's new live action Beauty and the Beast movie. Peep Inside is one of Usborne's bestselling preschool series, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. Peep Inside a Fairy Tale Beauty and the Beast will delight and enchant children and parent alike, with fabulous illustrations by Lorena Alvarez. book Peep Inside a Fairy Tale Beauty and the Beast

The story

Beauty and the Beast is a very well known story thanks to Disney's original animation. A new live action movie is due to be released this Spring. Belle's father is an inventor - considered crazy by the local villagers. He stumbles upon the Beast's castle while running away from danger in the forest and is taken prisoner. Belle goes to his rescue and agrees to take her father's place. She sees beyond the Beast's fierce animal exterior and discovers his true heart. She can see the soul of a human Prince under the ugly appearance.  

The format

This hard cardboard book has holes to peep through. Children and parents alike will love discovering the intricate cut-outs, layered to create a magical filigree effect lifting the flaps to see inside the Beast's house or peeping through the windows to see the beautiful flowers in the garden.  

The verdict

Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairy tale which is incredibly modern with its universal message of tolerance and acceptance of people's above and beyond appearances. The highly anticipated Disney live action film will make this tale popular once again and Usborne has brought it to life with a very appealing 3D version for young readers. The pretty and intricate cut-outs make it easy to enter Beast’s palace as if it was a dolls' house. Kids will love discovering the characters and things hidden in the garden. Parents will enjoy reading this book over and over to their children.

The forthcoming Film Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Out on 17 March 2017)

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