$40 Sleeping Beauty “Once Upon a Dream” {Disney Book Giveaway}

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By Charles Solomon

A complete illustrated history of Sleeping Beauty, from the Grimm fairy tale, to the Disney animated film, to the live-action movie Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie!

With its themes of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, and love triumphing over powerful magic, “Sleeping Beauty” remains one of the most beloved of all fairy tales. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault’s vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her vine-encrusted tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years three times as long as the heroine slept. This heavily-illustrated book will trace the history of that fascination, which has manifested itself in literature, fine art, poetry, music, and film.

The most celebrated cinematic version of Sleeping Beauty is Walt Disney’s, the glorious finale of the animated fairy tales he began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although Briar Rose/Aurora was the most beautiful and beautifully animated of the Disney princesses, the film was dominated by Maleficent: Perrault’s shriveled old fairy was transformed into the epitome of the lovely but terrible sorceress of fantasy literature.

The book will conclude with the development and creation of Maleficent, including interviews with Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton, Linda Woolverton, Sean Bailey, Joe Roth, Don Hahn, and director Robert Stromberg (Oscar-winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland); behind-the-scenes details and photography; costumes, props, and makeup; and plenty of movie magic!

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  • Melissa Tedder Furches says:

    My favorite book as a child was Where The Wild Things Are

  • Audrey Marie says:

    My favorite book was a Beauty and the Beast book that my mom got me for my 8th birthday (it says so in the inside) that I still have to this day.

  • Sarah Weiss says:

    Chika Chika Boom Boom

  • Karen Campanale says:

    Where the wild things are !

  • V No Privacy says:

    My goddaughter would LOVE this! I am hoping Aurora will become her favorite princess 🙂

    My favorite book was definitely Hats for Sale…which almost no one remembers. Second runner up was Millions of Cats….which also almost no one remembers.

  • Taylormay says:

    I had many favorites! One that I remember was called “There’s a Monster at the End of This Book.” It had Grover from Sesame St freaking out in it 🙂

  • Hmm…my favorite book as a child? That’s a tough one. I’d have to go with The Giving Tree…or the entire Baby-Sitters Club series.

  • Cathleen King says:

    My favorite book as a child was Green Eggs and Ham.

  • amanda says:

    I don’t remember the name of the book, but it was about a lion that got a haircut and perm to go to a party but his friends didn’t recognize him and sent him away. Then it rains and ruins his hair, but his friends recognized him and welcomed him to the party. It reminds me so much of my grandma, I read it every time I went to her house as a child.

  • kelly says:

    I liked the Berenstain Bears- The Spooky Old Tree.

  • therunlife says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  • Jojams says:

    Curious George definitely!

  • patriciacrowley says:

    I loved all of the Amelia Bedelia books!

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden says:

    I loved Charlotte’s Web. Still a great book!

  • Carrisa says:

    I use to hide a flashlight under my pillows to stay up and read the American Girl Doll books 🙂

  • Kate F. says:

    The Velveteen Rabbit was my favorite book as a child.

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