I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
In Disney's live-action film "Beauty and the Beast," Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince inside. Belle's Tale explores Belle's innermost thoughts as she learns that true beauty comes from within.
Belle’s Tale (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) #1 by Mallory Reaves was a short quick read that’s adapted from the recently released movie.
I loved the artwork. It’s a manga comic so some human characteristics are always exaggerated. Case in point: Gaston’s legs. Holy cow, they were thick! Not at all as handsome as the movie version, but come to think of it, he does boast that he is as big as a barge.
Since this is in Belle’s point of view, not all areas of the story are covered in this version. One would have to know the story and have seen the motion picture movie to fill in the blanks. Even knowing the story by heart, this felt a bit jilted and empty for me.
Overall, even though the artwork was entertaining, I just can’t say the story was anything amazing. Meant for middle grade audiences, I understand the need to lighten it up a bit but in a way that took away from the overall substance of the story.