From Publishers Weekly
The conceit of renowned fantasy illustrator Frouds latest book (after The Runes of Elfland; Lady Cottingtons Faerie Album; Faeries; etc.) is a clever one. The title page announces that, after working on the text and illustrations, Froud and his colleague Berk disappeared, leaving behind the dangerous fruits of their research into the goblin world. In a letter marked with suspicious red scribbles, they beg the publisher not to print their work, but the publisher decides to go ahead and release the book "as is"which means that Frouds drawings and Berks notes appear mussed up by dirty goblin fingerprints and scrawled with indignant goblin commentary. For example, next to Frouds drawing of a very grubby goblin named the Royal Lady Empyreuma Frouzy, the authors goblin informer writes: "nonsense this is sardine sallie she olde girrlfriend." The whole book is pretty delightful, even foror perhaps especially forthose who couldnt stand Frouds pretty, ethereal faeries.
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About the Author
Brian Froud is an award-winning illustrator, author, and faery authority. His books include the international best-sellers Faeries
, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
, Lady Cottington's Fairy Album
, and The Faeries' Oracle
. He also served as the conceptual designer on Jim Henson's films The Dark Crystal
. Froud lives in Devon, England. Ari Berk is a folklorist, poet, and scholar of literature, ethnography, iconography, and comparative myth. He is also the author of popular titles for children, as well as The Runes of Elfland
with Brian Froud. Berk is associate professor of English at Central Michigan University.