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An incredibly illustrated version of one of the Potter series greatest books
Reviewed in India on 11 October 2016
Before coming to the review I will say that the delivery system of amazon.in; the so called Amazon Transportation Services is awful and pathetic. They delayed my order for 3 days and the delivery agent switched off his phone and didn't deliver the product. Now all things apart and coming to the book....
For those who have already purchased the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you already know what a treat this book will be. It has over 100 new images by award winning illustrator Jim Kay, which truly take the story and open it into a piece of art. There can be no understating the illustrations: they are amazing. The book itself is a piece of art. Under the jacket it is a gorgeous hardback with gold lettering, the paper is thick and substantial, with a glossy finish, and the images are everywhere: from the chapter introductions and throughout, with some illustrations spanning across both pages.
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets since I finished the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Some people might wonder why I'd buy another version of any of the Harry Potter books, but this is an absolute MUST HAVE if you even so much as LOVE Harry Potter and the wizarding world in general. Jim Kay has always brought JK Rowling's wizarding world to life, but these illustrated editions just take it to a whole new, exciting, and fantastic level.
Part of the joy of reading (at least for me) has always been bringing the words on pages alive in my own imagination. This may seem counter-intuitive to my raving review, but what if I told you that almost everything illustrated was at the very least close to what I had always imagined? It's probably part of the brilliance of JKR's vibrant descriptions, but it's still pretty cool when you see them.
The illustrated edition of Chamber of Secrets is phenomenal in short. Inside the cover you see the Hogwarts Greenhouses, and it only gets better from there! Pictures of mandrakes, an illustration of Hagrid which is absolutely awesome, Fawkes, they just add so much to the story, especially for the new readers. I would like to say I could totally use LESS of the illustrations of the acromantuals! GROSS! Not only are they all over the contents pages, but there are WAY too many full page(s) photos of these gross spiders! PASS! My two favorites though are the illustrations of the phoenix and of Dobby!
I could laud over the illustrations for a year, but I won't. What I love about this book (and for the whole collection of illustrated editions I hope!) is that this is the version I can see first introducing my (future) children to Harry Potter with. I put these on my bookshelves waiting for the day when I can show my kids the wonderful world that has filled my life with such fun and fantasy.
The book DOES include the full text of Chamber of Secrets in case any of you were wondering, it just also includes some fantastic illustrations from Jim Kay!
The book itself is a piece of art. Under the jacket it is a gorgeous hardback with gold lettering, the paper is thick and substantial, with a glossy finish, and the images are everywhere: from the chapter introductions and throughout, with some illustrations spanning across both pages.
There is no reason to go through the plot, since those who are buying this have undoubtedly read the series before. In short, this is the art-lover’s version of an epic book (one of the best ones, I think) and an edition that will simply delight all those little ones who love “seeing” the story.
The best features:
1. Underneath the book jacket, the novel is bound in a sturdy orange hardback with green lettering on the spine.
2. The paper is thick with an eggshell glossy finish.
3. All chapter intros are illustrated.
4. Some images take up full pages or multiple pages. Most illustrations share the page with text.
5. Every inch of the book is illustrated or decorated in some fashion. There are NO white pages in the book. Even the pages without large illustrations have the paper printed and marked with ink blots or paper "stains". In Chamber of Secrets (compared to Sorcerer's Stone), some pages even have beautiful patterns over the entire page. One page has a spider-web pattern and is right next to a picture of Aragog. Quite brilliant overall.
If you love Harry Potter, don't hesitate. Collect these editions! You and your family will love this for a long, long time! I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to read the series (again, or for the first time), especially if you plan to read this with someone younger. Based on the fact that the illustrations for this book were even better than in the first book, I'm now looking forward to the rest of the series even more. Prisoner of Azkaban is next and I'm heartbroken it'll be so long before I get to have it in my collection.