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Fantasy: An Artist's Realm Hardcover – October 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763640565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763640569
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the attention to detail and artistic skill that he brought to Sword (2008), Boos has created a beautifully drawn, darkly fascinating contribution to high fantasy. This tour of New Perigord begins by presenting the fictional realm’s geography, warriors, enemies, common weapons, and mages, including full details of their abilities and spells. Moving further afield, he reveals “commonly encountered spirits,” such as elves, undines, and banshees. In the book’s final sections, Boos explores “vast tracks of wasteland and wilderness,” populated with troglodytes and vampires. The large spreads are filled with authentically ancient-looking, digitally produced pictures of the many imagined inhabitants and elements, all described in densely packed, short blocks of text. Weapons (especially swords) receive the most attention, perhaps reflecting the author’s greatest interest, and young readers with similar proclivities will certainly be delighted with this title’s offerings. This offers plenty of entertainment for even those with a more casual interest in the fantasy genre, though, and a final note from our “humble scribe” hints that this encyclopedic introduction is laying the groundwork for future adventures. Grades 4-8. --Andrew Medlar

From the Author

"When I was a boy, I used to sketch and doodle to escape boredom and, well, just to escape. Deskbound in body, I could wander far, far away - and I learned that a mind can wander where it will; no walls can stop it! On one occasion, I recall sketching some big, ominous- looking doors with bulky iron hinges twisted into gnarly shapes. I wished I was creating a door to another place - a place full of strange cities, green fields, giant mountains, and deep, dark forests. There would be monsters, treasure, and ample adventure. I remember staring at that illustrated door when I was done, pretending there was an entire world beyond its threshold.

I've revisited this old idea to recapture some of the wonder that haunts me, even after all these years. Here is my hand-drawn "door" to another place, inspired by endless daydreams and the light of many minds. I hope you enjoy it, and may it aid you in your own adventures and escapes!"


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It was a fast read, that was fun to read and filled with awesome pictures!
Erica
I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this to anyone with kids who already love fantasy or anyone trying to 'hook' their kids on fantasy.
PMcco
Full color digital illustrations alternate to pleasing effect with line drawings set against a faux-parchment background.
Madigan McGillicuddy

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My young daughter and I love fantasy-themed stories and when we came across this title at our local library, we promptly checked it out. Author-illustrator Ben Boos has created a vibrant world of fantasy, borrowing from different mythologies and inspired by great fantasy writers such as Tolkien.

The world created here is New Perigord, and there is double spread fold out map at the beginning of this book that shows the reader a partial view of New Perigord (I'm assuming there are other parts yet to be revealed by the author-illustrator). It is an intriguing world, with some elements that brought to mind themes from other works of fantasy and mythology.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I covers the world of man, and in the world of New Perigord, humans can be Paladins, Mages & Adepts, Fighters, Clerics & Healers, or Rogues & Thieves. Paladins are like Knights and are known as "noble warriors". Mages are beings possessed of higher knowledge, proficient in the mystical arts, and only those who possess the utmost self-control of mind and body can rise to the title of Adept. The book is peppered throughout with beautifully-rendered illustrations of these characters, their chosen tools, and many more.

The Fighters and their suit of armor reminded me of the terra-cotta warriors of the Qin Dynasty, with some creative reimagining. Then there are the healers with their powers to mend broken bones and heal ailments of all kinds. Rogues and thieves are no less compelling with an entire page devoted to the illustrations of their weapons of choice, portrayed in fascinating detail.

Part II covers the worlds of the elves & fairies, dwarves, and minotaurs, and Part III covers the worlds of hobgoblins, liches and undead, fell creatures, and other monsters.
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I'm starting a Harry Potter and fantasy club. I ordered this product to use in that club. The club is for children ages 5-17. The seller was excellent. Everything arrived on time and for the cost we go more than we expected. The kids love this item.
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By Chad E. Martinsen on December 2, 2013
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Both my 9 y/o daughter and I love this. Great illustrations to go with classic fantasy story line for young readers.
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My son has another one of Ben Boos' books about swords and when I saw this I thought he'd like it. He LOVES the artwork and Mr. Boos' descriptions. I also enjoyed sitting down with my son to discover what was inside this fantasy book.

I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this to anyone with kids who already love fantasy or anyone trying to 'hook' their kids on fantasy.
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My son found out about this book through a show and tell at school. I bought it for him and now it's his favorite book. He also loves to use the pictures to inspire him in his drawings.
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By Mockingbird on December 28, 2012
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What struck me most about this book was that the cover art is by no means the most extraordinary illustration it includes. From one page to the next, this beautifully laid-out book never fails to disappoint. In the right hands, I feel this is the sort of book whose concepts will inspire even greater concepts, whose art will inspire even greater art. It delights the imagination.
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By Emily Cane on December 28, 2012
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My son had borrowed this from the school library and loved it. He's interested in all the medieval stuff, and the drawings are so cool. I got it for him for xmas and he was very pleased.
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By Erica on August 23, 2011
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This book was so cool! I am a huge fan of anything fantastical, and this book is filled to the brim with everything you can imagine about fantasy. I would definitely recommend this one for anyone who loves fantasy.

The pictures in this one was a lot of fun. They had so much detail. There was so much variety too, from beautiful scenery to pictures of knives.

The writing was a lot of fun too. The descriptions about the different creatures were fun and it had a very fun, almost lilting quality to it.

I would totally recommend this one. It was a fast read, that was fun to read and filled with awesome pictures!
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