This review is more about the art. For a review of the text: click here.
I've been collecting these the past few years as Christmas presents for my husband. They're beautifully done, but as a crazy fan, I of course have some issues. Kay is a fine artist, but its seems like many of his choices of subject were arbitrary, if not bizarre. I was also disappointed in how long it took for any female character at all to be illustrated - Mrs. Dursely doesn't count and you know it!
Throughout the book there are a lot of extra touches, ink blots on the 'parchment' pages and so on, that help make up for it, but only a little.
This makes for a nice present, but I expected something better from a deluxe illustrated edition.