New Color Illustrated Edition of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” to Be Released!

Anyone who has read J.K. Rowling’s insightful, delightful, and surprising collection of short wizarding stories, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, knows that one of the best parts of the book is the drawings that accompany each story.

Today, it was announced that a new color illustrated version of the tales would be published, with celebrated artist Chris Riddell to “mix his signature, beautiful watercolor with line and tonal illustrations.”

The new large gift edition will be released on October 2, 2018. Sales of this edition will still aid Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity.

Riddell responded to the commission:

To be invited into the world of Harry Potter is an immense honour and incredibly exciting. These fairy tales are vivid and beautifully crafted and will resonate in the sumptuous format Bloomsbury have given me. But the true joy has been to discover the richness and texture of Dumbledore’s footnotes. I can’t wait to pull on my robes and begin my tenure as a supply teacher at Hogwarts!

Ridell joins Jim Kay, who is illustrating the seven Harry Potter novels, and Olivia Lomenech Gill, who is illustrating the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook, in bringing new visual ideas to the Potter world.

We can’t wait to see how Riddell interprets the tales and Dumbledore’s notes! With a year to go, we’ll start a countdown. The illustrated edition will sell for £25, and the deluxe edition will be £120.

Press Release

BLOOMSBURY ANNOUNCE CHRIS RIDDELL FOR COLOUR ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF J.K. ROWLING’S THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Chris Riddell as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’sThe Tales of Beedle the Bard sold in aid of the author’s international children’s charity Lumos.

Publishing on 2nd October 2018, this classic from the Wizarding World will be gloriously reimagined in a large colour gift edition by the multi-award-winning Riddell. He will mix his signature, beautiful watercolour with line and tonal illustrations, capturing the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s ingenious text with his trademark wit and elegance.

Chris Riddell is a bestselling author/illustrator and former Waterstones Children’s Laureate. On being commissioned for this project Chris said, “To be invited into the world of Harry Potter is an immense honour and incredibly exciting. These fairy tales are vivid and beautifully crafted and will resonate in the sumptuous format Bloomsbury have given me. But the true joy has been to discover the richness and texture of Dumbledore’s footnotes. I can’t wait to pull on my robes and begin my tenure as a supply teacher at Hogwarts!”

Rebecca McNally, Children’s Publishing Director, said of Chris’s selection: “It takes extraordinary skill and imagination to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s highly inventive and original book, which has both wonderful, classic-feeling fairy tales and the inimitable, witty and subversive notes of Albus Dumbledore. There was only ever going to be one person for this job – it just had to be the once-in-a-lifetime talent of Chris Riddell.”

Chris Riddell is an award-winning illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He is currently the only artist to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, most recently for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle. Chris Riddell was Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2015 to 2017 and has recently been announced as a Booktrust Ambassador. Chris has illustrated the work of many celebrated children’s authors, including five Neil Gaiman titles. He is the author of the bestselling Goth Girl and Ottoline series and co-creator of the much-loved The Edge Chronicles.

Riddell joins fellow Greenaway winner Jim Kay and fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill in a world-class team of illustration talent chosen to create colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s work.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard was first published in 2008. An essential read for any Harry Potter fan, it contains five classic fairy tales, including ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, which plays a key role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced by J.K. Rowling. Also included are Professor Albus Dumbledore’s notes on each tale, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Archives. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Published in hardback on 2nd October 2018 (£25:00 / 160pp / 9781408898673)

Deluxe edition also available (£120:00 / 9781408899366)

Alison Siggard

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