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Beautiful Darkness
Beautiful Darkness | Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascot
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BEST OF THE YEAR NODS FROM AMAZON.COM AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY! "Kerascot... render Aurora and her friends in the huge-eyed style of classic children's book illustrations, but cuteness is just another Darwinian survival strategy here. Even on her clover-high scale, as Aurora discovers, romance is decided by social pecking order and murderous deceit."--Douglas Wolk, New York Times Kerascot's and Fabien Vehlmann's unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascot's delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society.
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jackilynn
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What an odd, haunting, yet beautiful book. An anti-fairytale.

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DeeLew
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I‘ve heard so many good things about this creepy fairytale. Beautiful illustrations but very dark tale. Looking forward to it!

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alexa_d
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This book is really fucked up. A+, would recommend.

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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Wow, this graphic novel was darker than I expected. little figures climb out of the dead 💀 body of a young girl and fight to survive. They might be small and look cute but they are monstrous in their treatment of each other and the forest creatures.

#scarathlon #scaryscavengerhunt (a character dies) 1pt (read) #TeamStoker

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Clwojick I keep meaning to read Maus, but haven‘t been able to get my hands on it yet. 3y
TheBookHippie @Clwojick our public library has it! 3y
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BruceWalken
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Jez Louise this was a great read, but a heck of a lot darker than I thought it was going to be! Such a shock but in a good way 😂

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Phantasma.Maddie
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This book was all the good kinds of terrible and evil. I never read an anti-fairytale before, and it was a trip. A great genre for Halloween spooky times and the lucid watercolor images just give this graphic novel an extra creep factor. #BeautifulDarkness #FabienVehlmann #Kerascoët

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Seshat
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This is the most messed-up graphic novel ever. I give you a panel that isn't, though.

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Crystalblu
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Beautiful art and a intriguing dark tale! Perfect for a hot day spent in front of the evaporative cooler. Pretty sure this was a #blamelitsy

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GatheringBooks
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Mehso-so

#HeatOfJuly Day 11: This immensely disturbing graphic novel does speak of #TheBeautifulOnes with a tinge of darkness in them. Despite the heated-oven ending where the narcissistic villainess supposedly got her comeuppance, I found no redemption in this tale, the creators had none to give. The reader is left to find scraps of those from the occasional vacuous kindness for the beautiful darknesses to sneer at in its vapid naivete. Link to review⬇️

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MoniqueChristine
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Beautiful Darkness is just as the title implies. There‘s a whole host of beautiful or adorable little people (think The Borrowers) trying to make a life in a scary new world. But it‘s quickly apparent these little elves are naive, cruel, and selfish. As everyone slowly succumbs to some terrible death, either by accident or cold-blooded murder, this faerie tale story ends as disturbingly as it started.

Very weird and very recommended!

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MoniqueChristine
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The disturbing story of Beautiful Darkness is paired with beautiful, water-coloured panels. The many oddball characters are illustrated uniquely. Kerascoët has such an interesting style that pours creativity out of every page. Though not on glossy paper like Satania, Drawn & Quarterly has a perhaps even better printing. I didn‘t notice any text errors, and the high quality paper works well with the softer palette of this book.

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thereadingowlvina
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Beautiful Darkness is an unconventional and unsettling fairytale where its ending is a not-so-happy one; well ... depending on which sides you were on. A so-so read. While I adore the beautiful soft watercolour illustrations, I didn't enjoy the story as much as I thought I would.
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#graphicnovel #darkfairytale

atla Well, at least the cover art is gorgeous and you took a fantastic photo. 4y
thereadingowlvina @atla Aw thanks! Yes, the book cover is very appealing and it was the reason that I picked up this book 😁 4y
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TheBookHippie
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This is a gorgeous book. When mentoring kids I sometimes am allowed to find alternatives to required reading...this is what I use for Lord of the Flies. It's illustrations are gorgeous and the story is really well done ...presently reading it again with a student .

#graphicnovel #letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon

Clwojick I liked this, but it was so much darker than I was expecting 😂😂 4y
TheBookHippie @Clwojick HA for sure !!! It does work wonderfully for the discussion papers that align with Lord of the Flies- but the first time through I was like YIKES!!!! 4y
AmandaL I LOVE that you use graphic novels with your students! 4y
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TheBookHippie @AmandaL It has helped so very many kids! To teach a love of reading is my goal 💕📖. 741.5 has been a good friend 📖📖📖📖📖📚📚📚📚 4y
TricksyTails Ooh I want to read this one very badly! I love dark stories! 4y
TheBookHippie @TricksyTails It's dark and so well done !!! 4y
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AmandaL
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The back cover copy describes this as an anti-fairy tale, but really it's as dark and disturbing as the original fairy tales were. There are no good guys. It's grotesque with an art style that would be lovely in a children's picture book. The story shows "people" at their very worst, and that even the best are capable of the macabre.

Thank you @LibrarianJen . This was the exact quick creepy read I was in the mood for this morning.

Tamra Awesome cover art! 5y
LibrarianJen You are so welcome! This is the one I had a hard time wrapping because I kept reading it 😂 I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 💖 5y
AmandaL @Tamra I think so too! 5y
AmandaL @LibrarianJen That's completely understandable! 😂 5y
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Clwojick
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Clwojick
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Mehso-so

So much darker than expected, and I'm still not totally sure how I felt about it. Probably not a recommendation for me, but the artwork was good. I didn't care for any of the characters either... have you read it. What did you think?

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Clwojick
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Babs_book_obsession
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The sweetness and grim darkness of an old school fairy tale with great illustrations. Pretty and weird, what's not to like?

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stargazerblue49
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I am so confused. But the artwork was lovely?

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Kelican17
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The beauty of this book hides all of the darkness- so much so that it creeps up and takes you by surprise... over and over again. #goingonthebookshelf thanks, Momma @Wife

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Somasis
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Take Inside Out, murder Riley, and let her emotions set up a society of thoughtless violence and meaningless acts of terror. Watch as Joy slowly looses her capacity for goodness, and you would be very close to the plot if this story. It's beautiful and terrible, and though I think it needs a second reading, I'm not sure I want to experience it again. This is definitely one that will stick with me, as I try to work through my feelings about it.

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Well I'm not sure I have any idea what the heck I just read...🤔 I'm somewhere between pick and so-so but I tend to lean toward the higher rating.

emtobiasz This one is so creepy and interesting. I'm not so I totally understood it either! 5y
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Howardsimmons
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This is one of the most beautiful, disturbing things I've ever read. Its title is very appropriate, so don't expect some whimsically dark fairy tale; this is nihilism coated in a candy shell.

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Daughter-of-words
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My sister lent me this graphic novel and I honestly don't know what I think about it. It's very weird but quite enjoyable. Mostly weird though🤔

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RowReads1
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A Lord of the Flies/Survival of the fittest for fairy tale characters. After the last couple of days it felt appropriate. It's bizarre. A bit gory. Without the art itself it would've been a pretty easy pan for me.

Redwritinghood I had similar feelings about this one. 5y
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MoniqueChristine
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Thinking of my #favoritevillain I immediately thought of Zelie. Terribly cruel and power-hungry, her followers admire her for her beauty, killing or dying for her without hesitation. There are a lot of terrible deaths in Beautiful Darkness, but Zelie is usually behind the more sinister occurrences. #riotgrams

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Redwritinghood
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I read this graphic novel last night. It's creepy and sometimes disturbing due to the violence portrayed. Overall message seems to be that being nice will only get you screwed over. I rate it so-so in that some of the scenes and the way violence and social discord were portrayed seemed a bit cartoonish. Otherwise, a good Lord-of-the-Flies type story.

Lindy I loved this anti-fairytale. It certainly is dark and I agree that it has a strong Lord of the Flies vibe. 6y
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Redwritinghood
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Yay! Book mail! I'm sure I'm not alone here in that getting new books always makes my day.

Lindy Beautiful Darkness is creepy but also very good. Wonderful weirdness. 😀 6y
Reviewsbylola Book mail is the best mail. 🙌🏻 6y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Without a doubt this is the weirdest book I've ever read in my life. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or bad thing, but it was gripping.

Lacythebookworm I totally agree with your review! Very odd book, this one. 6y
LindsayReads Such a gross/awesome/terrifying book! 6y
Mimi28 It was Liberty's book recommendation to me and it was very strange. Kind of like a soap opera. 6y
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WanderingBookaneer
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They had me at anti-fairy tale and then this happens.

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Mimi28
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#FunFridayPhoto challenge pick, and also the book that Liberty recommended to me! This is a great little adventure and kind of like a soap opera with the deceit and twists and turns. I loved it! I'm on a graphic novel kick lately and this is a great one! 👍😎😍😻📚🤓😉

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Mimi28
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Picked up my recommendation from @Liberty at the library today!! I know I am going to love it! Thanks!! 😍😍😍😎😎😎😻😻😻🤓🤓👍👍📚📚📚

EchoMyEscape That cover is awesome!!! 6y
Mimi28 @EchoMyEscape I know! It's beautiful! 6y
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kristenlcoates
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Let's do this thing, y'all. Kicking things off with a graphic novel to get my brain going. #24in48

tysephine I thought this said "licking things off this graphic novel" at first omg 6y
kristenlcoates @tysephine HAHAHA oh my gosh 6y
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TheBookHippie
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Excellent graphic novel. Beautiful illustrations. Works well to convey "Lord of the flies " lessons. It is dark, so person should be in high school to read this. Worked well tutoring kids who don't want to read traditional books. Good discussions .

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Jbushnell
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A society of fey folk tips into brutal decline.

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