cornerofmadness (cornerofmadness) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
cornerofmadness
cornerofmadness
50bookchallenge

  • Mood:

Book 92

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


It's been so long since I've read the first Harry Potter book that I hadn't realized how much my brain rearranged it to make the movie first and foremost in my mind when there are obvious changes (as in Neville has a larger role in the book and it took more than half the book for Harry and Ron to even like Hermoine). In fact I had forgotten just how much the first book really is Harry and Ron's story and Hermoine is more of a bystander until the last part.

In some ways I am still uneasy with the fact that at the end Harry has to go back and live with his abusers instead of maybe being sent to live with Ron. I can understand why Harry lived in the Muggle world because if he had grown up in the wizarding world he probably would have turned out much like Draco. Still it seems an odd message for the middle grade audience: Do well, vanquish the villain, still have to live with your abusive aunt and uncle.

But none of that is why I'm here reviewing. I'm here because this is the Jim Kay illustrated version and it is just phenomenal. Most illustrated books, you get a half dozen or so illustrated plates in the text. This over sized volume (if I had one complaint it is a bit cumbersome to hold and doesn't like living on a shelf) is chocked full of Mr. Kay's art. Literally every page has something on it! From full and half page illustrations, to smaller things in the margins to just a background that looks water spattered there is a feast for the eyes on every page. My book store only got one the week it came out. I expected it to be gone but there it was and now it's mine and I love it. If he illustrates any more, I'd buy them too. And I saw an article where the ebook version of this is coming out with moving art. I hope that's true.



View all my reviews
Tags: urban fantasy, young adult
Subscribe

  • January 2021 - Books 1 to 6

    1. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny Inspector Gamache is now retired in Three Pines when he’s recruited to help one of his friends find her…

  • December 2020 - Books 71 to 76

    71. Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park A young mixed-race girl moves with her widowed father to a fledgling South Dakota town in 1880. This is the…

  • Book 12

    Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow, did I love this one. A girl and her ghost dog, Kirby? Yes please. Let me start…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments