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About the Author

Throughout the years, BRIAN FROUD has created some of the most respected and highly acknowledged mythic artwork of our time. His work has been the inspiration for such films as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth (both with Jim Henson's Creature Shop); he is the international best-selling author of Faeries and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork. Through Froud's unique style he has created some of the best-known fantasy images of the 21st century, and continues to create visual, spiritual, and poetic tales. He lives with his wife, Wendy, in Devon, England.
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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Har/Pstr edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193378413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Froud has illustrated several books on faeries but Brian Froud's World of Faerie is the most lavish art book yet.

The book is beautifully constructed and filled with masterful paintings and sketches printed on low gloss paper. Just like other books published by Insight Editions, there are also several little booklets pasted onto the pages. At the end of the book in an envelope is a poster of a poem by Neil Gaiman.

He paints as if he's beside the faeries themselves. His commentary introduces us to the world and secrets of faeries, showing us the many disguises and types of faeries. He even has his own interpretation for classic stories like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

There are not just faeries but other mysterious creatures like unicorns, trolls, green women and phyllomantic men. Phyllomancy is the art of divination by listening to the rustling of leaves. Interesting details like such accompany the paintings.

This is a nice book for fantasy art lovers or fans of Brian Froud.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Format: Hardcover
The enchanting art of Brian Froud takes center stage in a stunning new book from Insight Editions entitled "Brian Froud's World of Faerie." This 176 page, coffee-table book is designed with the collector in mind. As with every book from Insight Editions, no expense is spared in the design and layout. As the title suggest, the book spotlights the whimsical world of the faerie, perhaps his favorite subjects. His art has inspired the look of films such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. This is a much-anticipated sequel to the original "Faeries" first published in 1979.

As you read through the pages and are transfixed by Froud's breathtaking art, Froud shares his inspirations with the reader. From a mere stroll through an idyllic field, and noting details like the moss on a rock or a fallen hazelnut, Froud weaves a tapestry of the subtle and fantastic. He can imagine these mythical creatures of magic fluttering about or perhaps hiding behind a tree or bush. You are swept up into Froud's world and his creations and there's no way you can't be awed. The intricate detail of his art brings each scene to life. You have to study and admire each piece closely because there is so much there...in the forefront and in the background. The faeries, imps, sprites and pixies blend into their surroundings and it almost becomes one of those find the hidden picture puzzles you did as a kid. Froud gives his interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, which can only be described as wonderfully bizarre and hauntingly beautiful.

Like many of the books from Insight Editions there are hidden little treats inside to be discovered. There are smaller booklets affixed inside, foldout spreads, and a poster.
One such booklet called Peter & Wendy is Froud's Peter Pan interpretation.
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I always look foreword to new offerings from Brian Froud, and 'World of Faerie' is no exception. Overall, I was pleased with this collection of words and images, and my reaction to this, his first major faery-dedicated book in numerous years, is composed more of commentary rather than any real criticism. The original 'Faeries' will always be the pinnacle of his work, in my opinion, but this is not to suggest that his artistic growth in the past 25 years since its publication is not valuable; it is just that 'Faeries' had such a profound influence on my own artwork and world view from a very early age that it's difficult to supplant something so personally significant. (I also have to take into consideration that 'Faeries' was a collaboration with an equally-gifted artist, Alan Lee, and I do believe that 'Faeries' contains more enchantment than the sum of the talents of both artists.)

This book is something of a compilation and its contents span the course of Froud's thirty-year eldritch journey. There are familiar and well-loved images in its pages -- paintings recognizable from Faeries (25th Anniversary Edition), The Faeries' Oracle, The Runes of Elfland, Good Faeries Bad Faeries, work that has made fleeting appearances on his website over the years, etc.
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By Melodi on January 17, 2010
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This book is amazing! I would say that 80% of the book is full-page pictures. You could easily cut out the pages and frame the pictures. There are beautiful faeries, dark and scary faeries, trolls, ect. They're not all females faeries either! I highly recommend this book, it's definitely worth the cost!
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I do so love Brian Froud's work... unflinchingly insisting that faeries do in fact exist, he shows us the good and the bad, not just the pretty ones. But even the ugliest fae are full of life and mischief. I am joining in the dance, quite sure that the human race is not alone.
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