Another fairy tale for you today! Both this book and yesterday's were birthday gifts for Little Sis, by the way.
This is Beauty and the Beast [Orchard Books UK, 2012], retold by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb. I've mentioned Sarah Gibb before, as she illustrated the Emily Windsnap series. She is best-known in the U.S., I think, for her gorgeous picture book version of Rapunzel.
The illustrations are truly gorgeous. Little Sis's copy is a sturdy paperback. It definitely makes me want to seek out more from this duo, particularly The Princess Who Had No Kingdom.
I love "Beauty and the Beast" as a fairy tale so much. While I appreciate the Disney version (that library!), this is the reason I first fell in love with the story: the Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre version that ran on Showtime in the U.S. in 1984.
Of course, the Faerie Tale Theatre version lifts heavily from the exquisite French film version, directed by Jean Cocteau in 1946. It's available on Hulu if you live in the United States (see below). No YouTube link, or I would post that instead. It is so worth hunting down to watch if you have never seen it. Truly, this is one of the most beautiful films ever made.