Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated version)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Publication: New York: Arthur A. Levine Books; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2015).
Description: 256 pages
Price: U.S. $39.99
Harry Potter is a boy living with his horrible aunt, uncle, and cousin. He has no idea his life will change on his 11th birthday leading Harry into a new world of friends, enemies, and magically mysterious events.
The first book in the Harry Potter series is now beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay.
What I liked about the book
The illustrations in this version are exceptional and bring to life the characters and settings better than the Harry Potter movies. While reading the book, the illustrations drew my attention, and I ended up staring at them searching for all the nuances of the text drawn into the illustrations.
As an editor, I noticed a few differences between the illustrated version and the US text publications .
- The use of the British English vs. American English spelling (realise vs. realize)
- The use of the British English vs. American English wording (“revision timetables” vs. “study schedules”)∗
I listed the illustrated version of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone on my Christmas wish list. Thankfully, my mother bought it for me, and I’m excited she did. I loved reading this version because it renewed my love for the Harry Potter series. I look forward to the release of the remaining illustrated versions, years 2 through 7.
Have you read the illustrated version yet? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments.
∗ Found in the third paragraph of Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback.