I first read this book in the library, after recognizing it as the book the motion picture was based on. I'd been aching to own a copy since then, and was thrilled to finally get my hands on one. The movie is amazing, and the book is equally so. The illustrations are what really sold me. Gorgeous! It's often categorized as a graphic novel, but rather than the comic book style layout, the illustrations are arranged more in an old story book style, with some full page sized with borders, some as smaller vignettes, and some acting as a frame or border for the text, notably at the beginning of each chapter. It adds to the fairy-tale feel, but this has a lot more spunk than the stories of old! I recommend it to any who are fans of fairy tales, beautiful illustrations, or all-around good writing.