This is a two volume middle-grade, direct adaptation of Disney’s 2017 film “The Beauty and the Beast” in manga format. I’m reviewing both volumes together because I don’t see the need for separate reviews for either book. Volume 1: Belle’s Tale is told entirely in Belle’s point of view and Volume 2 from the Beast’s.
This is definitely intended for younger readers as there isn’t a lot of complexity or depth to the storylines and it is very quick reading. Reading from an adult’s point of view it falls flat and I wasn’t feeling the magic, even though it sticks close to the movie. The prologue in Volume two was a bit strange and felt tacked on.
Overall, the graphics were nice but I wasn’t blown away and I preferred the Beast’s point of view to Belle’s. It’s a nice companion to the movie but not a necessary one unless your kids are die-hard fans.
*Thank-you Mallory Reaves, Netgalley & TokyoPop for the ARC.