Mark Stewart/Camera Press/Retna
08/01/2008 AT 07:45 AM EDT
Christmas comes early for Harry Potter
fans! J.K. Rowling's new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard
– her first major work since retiring the boy wizard last year – hits shelves December 4.
The 157-page collection of five wizardry-inspired fairy tales was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
, the seventh and final novel in the best-selling series.
Rowling previously produced seven hand-crafted copies
of the book – but this is its first commercial publication.
will retail for $12.99, with Amazon.com offering 100,000 leather-bound "Collector's Edition" copies – designed to mimic the handmade originals – for $100 each.
Proceeds from the sale will go to the Children's High Level Group, Rowling's charity for vulnerable children.
– Caris Davis