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Why are large, illustrated works offhandedly relegated to gather dust on the corner of your coffee table?
Sure, you will want to put Good-Faeries/Bad Faeries in an obvious place, somewhere your friends will see it and pick it
up, but it's far more than mere decoration. Froud's illustrations have delighted readers since his first book, Faeries (
/exec/obidos/ASIN/0810909014/%24%7B0%7D ), introduced us to the little people of folklore. Good Faeries/Bad Faeries is a
doorway to the faery realm of the 20th century, where you'll meet delightful characters like Quempel, who dances to
celebrate when something is done well; or the Buttered Toast Faery, who decides which side of a dropped piece of toast
will hit the floor--faeries who will call you back so often that Good Faeries/Bad Faeries won't have a chance to gather
dust. --Brian Patterson
From School Library Journal
YA-Froud's collection of fanciful sketches encompasses both the benevolent and the malevolent species of
the tribe Faeries. The structure of the book is reversible with the jacket proclaiming "Good Faeries," matched on the
flip side with the title "Bad Faeries." An introduction to each section covers Faery Blights, Faery Defects, Glamour,
and Music, and offers advice to humans on protection against the meddling of the Bad Faeries. There are paragraphs on
naming, classification, and a further delineation of earth, water, fire, and air Faeries. This is followed by an
exposition on Faery physiognomy-their wings, eyes, ears, heads, and size. Faery communication and healing are also
discussed. The illustrations are the heart of the book, whether done in black and white, sepia, or full color. They are
vivid, full of vitality, and wonderfully varied. With unnumbered pages, this is primarily a sketchbook for readers to
leaf through and marvel at the creative bent that depicts the countenances of: "The Buttered Toast Faery," "The Wrong
Decision Faery," and the "Pot Pixie." While not as glamorously elegant as their counterparts, the Bad Faeries are indeed
beautiful in their own right. Handsomely jacketed, this is a whimsical, charming, artfully crafted book.
Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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