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Story-Time Read: The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
 
 J.K. Rowling’s magical tale of an eleven year old wizard and his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is beautifully embellished by Jim Kay’s bewitching full-colour illustrations.
 
Why the Grown-Up will love it: Kay’s illustrations really are works of art. His use of bold colours and painstaking attention to detail magnificently brings to life Rowling’s magical world and with one on almost every page this book is perfect for bedtime reading with the little ones. Kay has had work exhibited at Richmond Gallery and the V & A in London as well as producing concept pieces for film and television. His illustrations compliment Rowling’s unquestionable talent for story telling in the same way that Quentin Blake’s illustrations have become hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s weird and wonderful stories.
 
Why the Kids will love it: Ever wondered what Diagon Alley looks like or wished you knew just how tall Hagrid is? Do you sometime wish you could catch a glimpse of a Gringot’s goblin or a unicorn or maybe even Hogwarts itself? Well a Mr. Jim Kay has done all the hard work for us! In the Illustrated Harry Potter you and your friends can find portraits of Professor Dumbledore, see what a night in the Forbidden Forest might look like and even peak inside the Great Hall! Plus you can use Mr. Kay’s magical pictures to come up with ideas for your very own drawings and paintings of Harry, Ron, Hermione and all the other wonderful things to be found at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  
 
 
Olive Mackintosh-Lowe, literary editor
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