Saturday, February 10, 2018
He can't get a break. No matter how nobly he behaves, Beauty can't accept him as a romantic partner.
Of course, Beast gets a different story in my book, Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge!
Speaking of which, as the countdown continues to my publication date (July 10, 2018), behold my Beast of the Month! This lovely image is by Gordon Laite (1925-1978), a popular illustrator of children's books in the 1950s and '60s.
Laite is perhaps best known for The Blue Book of Fairy Tales, a Little Golden Book (remember that series of thin cardboard-bound picture books with the shiny gold spines?), and the collection Five Fairy Tales (which was a Big Golden Book). One of those five stories is Beauty and the Beast, which is the origin of this image.
Although Laite's Beast does not resemble mine, I still love the vivid colors and fanciful details of this picture — look at that winsomely decorated candelabra, and those busy butterflies! Not to mention her gown festooned with peacock feathers!
But I especially love the tenderness of Beauty's hand attempting to comfort Beast.
He gets the companion he deserves in my version of the story!