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Good Faeries/Bad Faeries Hardcover – October 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Fourth Printing edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684847817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847818
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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, 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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Customer Reviews

Brian Froud's artwork is gorgeous!
B. Schmidt
Faeries ignored will do all sorts of things and it is best to see to it the faeries do not have to work as hard to get one's attention.
Persephone
I bought this book for my girlfriend and she is very pleased with it.
Brian

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and informative book of faery lore. Everyone who loves myths, legends, and magic, should click their Mouse and buy it here immediately, you won't be sorry. As a great admirer of Froud's superlative art I was still stunned by just How Good this book is. The man is a modern Master of faery painting. His name will go down in History alongside 19th century Masters like Rackham, Dadd, Doyle and Dulac. Fans of myth and magic will be pleased to note that the legendary Terri Windling also had a hand in this book. The text has some of the same flavor as her folklore columns in Realms of Fantasy magazine, which someone ought to collect and publish someday. The Froud-Windling connection became apparent when Froud and his faeries showed up as characters in her magical novel "The Wood Wife" and it's thrilling to see these two myth-masters teaming up again. Windling's fans will want to pick up this book and all of Brian Froud's work while Froud's faery fans will be enchanted with "The Wood Wife". The book jacket says they both live in the same town in England. There must be something magical in the water there! Thank you Mr. Froud and Ms. Windling for keeping the Myth Alive in our technology-obsessed world.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on May 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ah, I remember that day. Just browsing the bookstore when this book caught my eye. I went ahead looking at other things but it kept tugging at me. I had always had a love of the fae and decided I'd give it a look. I knew instantly as I held the book in my hands, before I even opened it, that I had to have it. Upon opening it I was drawn into a state of awe. With each page I flipped I became more enthralled. Who painted these I wondered! And to my surprise when I looked at the artist, and what he had done, Mr. Froud had been a part of my life for some time now, I just never knew it. All those years ago when I grew up with Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal, watching my videos till the tape ran thin. I longed to find that magic in something again. And I truely found it in this book. Upon taking my purchase home, I learned there was another book done by Mr Froud. There was no question, I knew I had to have it. Since then, I have purchased the first Faerie book, and the Faerie Oracle and I can truely say that it has given me something that I belive I was always searching for. What these books has given me is something that I wish to share with everyone. Buy this book, it will open your vision to a whole new world.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The first thing that strikes you about this book is the pure beauty! The unique cover and way the book is bound, The Good Faeries is on one side, turn it over and The Bad Faries are there. Reading the book from just one cover, you'll have to turn it upside down when you reach the other section. This book is, from start to finish seemingly written, designed, and imagined by the fae themselves. Brian Froud is definitely communicating with these magical beings. The names and art work bring their personalities to life so vividly. You'll find there is a fairy who causes any sort of mischief from that one sock that always disappears from the dryer, to your toast hitting the floor butter side up. Touching, lovely, hilarious, and at times a little scary, this is one of the best books I have ever seen on the fae. Brian Froud is truly gifted not only with artistic genius, but with the ability to see beyond our world and take us there with him.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Phogg on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is by far one of the most incredible books I've come across in years. My Grandmother picked it up one day and showed it to me; I was blown away. Each drawing is so detailed that you could spend hours looking at each one, and not have seen everything in it. If you love faries, fantsy art, magnificent drawings, or funny and informative stories, this is for you. The attention to detail is unbelievable. Pay whatever you must to make this part of your collection... you won't be sorry.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on February 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book full of color illustrations and faery lore. Both "Good" and "Bad" faeries are included in this
whimsical book as well as all kinds of information regarding the mystical characters. Find out how to name a faery, the different faery classifcations and more.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw Brian Froud's artwork in the original (and far superior) Faeries book, I became heartsick for the fantasy world that he and Alan Lee had created. The froud illustrations were especially great- he seemed to have a delicate knack for line and a really subtle, balanced use of color. As an artist myself, he seemed to create the kind of drawings and paintings I always felt I should be doing-i don't know exactly how to convey this-it was fresh and new to me, yet strangely familiar. The extremely detailed, Richard Dadd like tapestry paintings were the most impressive, such as the "goblin market one", "knockers" or "faerie ways". the way he airbrushed a fairy's wing, the pinkness in a blue fairy's knees, the dark blue knuckles and fingertips of a goblin, all this was exactly what I had always felt, artistically! Here was an artist who was truly inspired and sensitive. So imagine my sad disappointment when, after waiting for three years, I saw "good faeries/bad faeries". To be sure, there are more than a handful of nice paintings in this one, although I think something of the subtlety in the originals had been lost in reproduction. But that does not excuse the rest. Half the illustrations look like things the artist had dashed off at the breakfast table while eating. A quick pencil sketch often fills up an entire page, and it is not even of the quality that you'd find in the first book. All the tightness of those sketches has deteriorated. I can appreciate looseness, but not sloppiness. One would think that Froud would have a better handle on the "bad faeries" section, but there are only a few impressive ones there.Read more ›
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