It's Wednesday, and that means it's time to see what's on the bookshelf again! Actually, today's book came in the mail today and while I wasn't originally going to do this book (you'll understand why in a moment) when I saw this picture, I decided it was meant to be!
Because who knew that the sorting hat was made of patchwork???
This book - an illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - came in the mail today, on the very day it was released. Hooray for Amazon pre-orders!!! I ordered it to give to Lilli, my 8-year old granddaughter, for Christmas - but I'm going to look it over first. She's really getting into reading, and she loves the first HP movie, so this should be a fun book for her.
The illustrations are just wonderful - some are full page with text over them, like this one of Hedwig...
And all of our favorite characters are there - don't you just love this pic of Hagrid with his pink umbrella?
And of course, Ron with his rat, and a sweater probably made by his mom!
The pages are nice and sturdy, chock full of Jim Kay's gorgeous illustrations, and the occasional ink splatter. It will remind you of a student's well-used school book in that regard!
I'm really hoping that they do these illustrated versions for each of the HP books - I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for them! I'll go out on a limb and say that this book is a "must-have" for any HP fan - it is truly a work of art and makes the world of Harry Potter just a little more real - a sneak peek for all of us muggles! (Amazing - the auto-correct on my computer doesn't recognize the word "muggle"! Go figure!)
So that's what's on my bookshelf today. Have you taken a look at yours lately?