Harry Potter and the 15th Anniversary Revival!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we first opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but alas it has. (God I feel old!) So in honor of Harry Potter’s anniversary, author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi has illustrated new covers for each of the seven best-selling tomes to be released on August 27th. Unfortunately they’ll only be released in paperback version, for now at least, but they will come as a boxed set available here. Kibuishi is also a comic book lover! The Eisner-nominated author created the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet graphic novel series, as well as Copper, the Flight Anthologies and Daisy Kutter: The Last Train.

Take a look at all 7 of the new covers, in contrast to the originals:

Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version

I really like the new illustrations, just looking at these makes me wonder what the back and inside illustrations might look like! But what do you think, do the new illustrations do the saga justice? Will you add the new books to your collection or are you sticking with the old? The boxed set is available via Amazon.com here

All photos via Scholastic.com

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Thank You Gabby!

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So now that the Olympics are over, and we’ve all had a moment to catch our breath so to speak on all that happened, I want to talk about Gabby Douglas a bit. Having taken gymnastics for 5 summers I can tell you it’s a very segregated sport (I was usually 1-of-2 or 1-of-3 brown girls in the entire camp), so when they announced Gabby’s name during the Olympic trials I was both elated and proud to see her there. She got to the Olympics and quickly became the new ‘American Sweetheart’, both making history and inspiring kids of the next generation to follow their own dreams.

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