This month sees the release of this fabulously fun and feisty picture book retelling of a classic fairytale. Sumptuously illustrated by the amazing Barbara Bongini, ‘Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast’ sees the glamorous Belle leave her darling ‘Popsey’ and beloved sisters behind to live with the dreaded Beast! Barbara says of working on this quirky book:
When I was asked to illustrate the new book written by Mark Sperring I was very happy, as I knew from working on ‘Cinderella and the very Bossy Sisters’ that this too would be a special and amusing story!
In this version the Beast is a big and tender creature and so I needed to make him very expressive and concentrated my attention on his eyes, that had to be full of emotion!
Barbara chose to depict these unique characters in 1930s setting and costume, beautifully complimenting the P.G. Wodehouse-style humour of the text and creating a truly wonderful backdrop to each humour filled scene! We think you will agree with Belle that, even when the beast is being beastly, it would be impossible to resist those huge sad eyes!