This illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban is the third in the series written by JK Rowling and illustrated by Jim
Kay. These are pretty big books and every page in the standard edition is full
colour, unless it’s a sketch style image, with illustrations of the characters
and settings of the book. The RRP for these is £30 but they’re available on amazon
for under £20
Most people reading this have probably either read the Harry
Potter books or seen the movies, so I’m not going to go into too much detail when
it comes to reviewing the story of the book. I love the art style that Jim Kay
has and already have the first and second books in the Harry Potter series that
he has illustrated. These are pretty big books so you get some nice sized
illustrations with a lot of detail in there.
Title: Escape to Christmas Past: A Colouring-book Adventure
Author: Good Wives and Warriors
Year written: 2015
Publisher and year: Puffin Books, 2015
ISBN Number: 978-0-141-36676-0
Earlier this year I did a review of the Shakespeare’s World colouring book from this series, the Puffin Classics colouring books that are based on classic books or authors. This
Escape to Christmas Past uses themes and phrases from A Christmas Carol, a classic Christmas story, so it has a seasonal theme and seemed a good one for this time of year. This was actually the first of this series I saw and I loved the look of it.
As this is an adult colouring book the pictures are mainly made of smaller patterns and pictures within the scene so they’re small areas to colour and it’s pretty relaxing. As this one is so detailed I would say it’s more of a fine liner colouring book as the pencils I have got too blunt to fill in the finer details very quickly so you’d have to sharpen them very often. This series of colouring books in general is a lot smaller than the majority of adult colouring books so it’s a great one for travel if you like to colour on journeys or take it away with you, it’s small enough to fit into most larger handbags I think.
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)
Author: JK Rowling
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Year written: 1998
Publisher and year: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
ISBN Number: 978-1-4088-4565-3
This is the second in the series of Harry Potter books that they’ve released in an illustrated version, I did a review of the first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, here if you want to read that one. I have loved the Harry Potter series for years, I didn’t start reading them until the third one was released but I grew up with them and have read them so many times. If you’re reading this review and thinking about getting this book you’re probably familiar with the story and this post is mainly about this version rather than the storyline of the book itself but I will do a couple of paragraphs on that at the end, maybe skip there if it’s less the illustrated version and just the book you’re interested in.
If you’re not familiar with the books or films, or heard about it in general which would be surprising, Harry Potter is a young wizard who goes to the wizarding school of Hogwarts. On top of that there’s a bad guy who wants him dead, as with a lot of adventure books, and conveniently tries this once a year which is great considering there are seven books, one for each year of his school life. The Chamber of Secrets is the second in the series so it’s a good idea to read the first as it does set up the plot and the characters but it could be read by itself I think, you just might not get some of the references.
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Illustrated Edition)
Author: JK Rowling
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Year written: 1997
Publisher and year: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015
ISBN Number: 978-1-4088-4564-6
I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter for years, I think I got the first two books in 1999, and always said I’d only have the original copies that I owned and not get any of the newer versions they came out with. However I saw this illustrated version online recently, it was published in October last year, and I loved it so bought it when I saw that it was half price on Amazon. I wasn’t sure originally if it was a complete copy as it seemed thin compared to what I expected with the amount of illustrated pages that takes up space for words. I have compared it at random points throughout the story to the original copy and it matches exactly.
This originally cost £30 but when I have ordered this it was £14.99. It is pretty big for a book and I have a photo of it next to the original Bloomsbury paperback from the UK for comparison. Size wise it’s around the same size as a few of the adult colouring books but thicker. It’s a hardback with an illustrated paper dustcover and the hardback underneath is red.
It feels like I’m doing more of these recent purchases posts recently but next week I should be back to normal posting schedule, I seem to finally be getting over this cold thing. I did plan another post for tonight but then this arrived in the post and I was too excited to look at them so had to post this tonight. Almost everything in this order has been going in and out of my basket on Amazon over the past few months and all of them happened to be cheaper at the same time so I bought them. I hadn’t actually heard of the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone until a couple of weeks ago but I saw some photos on Instagram of an illustrated Harry Potter in amongst other Potter goodies so I had to look it up. I got everything in this post from Amazon.co.uk but they’re available in a lot of other places, I haven’t seen the Illustrated Harry Potter anywhere else but I haven’t really looked in book shops, I saw the price on here and just got it.