Drama · Fantasy · Fiction · In the Library · Jean R

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | by Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by Jack Thorne
(Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016, 327 pages)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play script based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. According to the back of the book jacket, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th story and takes place 19 years later. The story focuses on Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, and Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius Malfoy. Albus and Scorpius are best friends who feel the pressure of being the sons of Harry and Draco. They share an adventure that involves time travel, danger, and characters from the earlier Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tells an interesting story. It is a short read. It is not the lengthy, description filled novel that we know from the first 7 books. As I was reading, I had to remind myself that this is a play. It probably can’t stand alone if you didn’t read at least some of the earlier books. I’m glad that I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It would be fun to see the play.

Art · Biography · In the Library · Jean R

Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life | by Elizabeth K. Wallace and James D. Wallace

Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life
by Elizabeth K. Wallace and James D. Wallace
(Beaufort Books, 2016, 250 pages)

Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life written by Elizabeth K. Wallace and James D. Wallace is a biography of the famous children’s book illustrator, Garth Williams. Garth Williams was born in New York City in 1912, but moved to England with his mother during his school years. His father was an artist, but was not around during most of his younger years. Garth Williams is an interesting man. Over the course of his life he had 4 wives, 6 children, and moved several times with his final stop being Guanajuato, Mexico.

At the beginning of his career, Garth Williams thought that he would illustrate children’s books to earn enough income to become a serious artist. Those children’s book illustrations not only provided an income, but made him internationally famous. Williams illustrated such famous classics as Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, The Cricket in Times Square, and The Little House on the Prairie series.

At the beginning of the book, the authors explain that it would be difficult to cover Williams’ life in chronological order. The book does some jumping back and forth and is a little repetitious. I found it a little distracting. However, the life and works of Garth Williams is interesting and worth a read.