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Nereena, the Fairy Queen of Halloween Hardcover – September 28, 2010


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Look out Jack Skellington and The Nightmare before Christmas...Nereena, the Fairy Queen is the new classic for Halloween. The deliciously intricate artwork and deceptively intriguing storyline were full of discoveries for all my family. Cheers to many more Fairies for all the holidays! --Jeffrey Bacon Entertainment Art Director & Designer for filmmakers including James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Burton & Bob Zemeckis

About the Author

RICHARD JAMES BOYD Richard Boyd is a western-born (Oklahoma) and southern-bred (Texas and North Carolina) technology entrepreneur who has helped start a number of computer gaming technology companies. His life mission is to help poor dumb humans harness the power of accelerating computer hardware and software before it is too late.

Along the way he travels, marries a very gifted Italian artist and dreams about fantastic worlds where the rules of our mortal plane do not apply. Sometimes he even combines those interests and builds virtual worlds for humans to play and fight, learn, love and cry.

Oh, and sometimes he writes poetry, short stories and books. The FantaFairies asked him, of all people, to tell their story. It begins inside the covers of this book.

VANESSA RUMAZ BOYD
Vanessa Is Italian born and bred, beginning her life in the shadow of a great castle city presiding over the foothills of the ancient Dolomites and looking out over the Venetian plain all the way to Venice. She does not really recall how she began drawing fairies. They arrived one evening, looked around and took up residence in her imagination to stay. One could spend a lifetime trying to piece together the reasons that fairies choose one person over another to draw them and write about them. But why wonder? It is best to just get busy and draw, before they flit away as fairies are wont to do.

Vanessa has been the recipient of many awards including a Webby Worthy from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. She was also published in the prestigious book Graphis Interactive.

The artistic effort behind the FantaFairies has produced a collection of highly detailed ink drawings showcasing various subjects. The project is particularly meaningful and close to Vanessa s heart because the FantaFairies are ambassadors of goodwill and they benefit various charitable organizations.

Vanessa lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, their daughter, three cats and two dogs. When she is not drawing, she is either designing websites, gardening or chasing fairies in the woods with her daughter.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: PIKABOO design Inc.; First edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615388876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615388878
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,638,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm looking forward to the next book in the Fantafairies series!
R. Marcus
The story of the origins of these fairy creatures captivates the imagination and the detailed illustrations are both fascinating and fun to explore!
Greg J.
Beautiful written poetry with illustrations that are breathtaking!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Henderson` on October 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The best way to keep imagination alive is to feed it--often and well. This book is a rich dessert that is both a visual delight and a tasty bite of whimsy that explains and entertains with the mystery of Halloween. The beneficent Queen of Halloween,Nereena, reminds us that goblins and ghosts and other symbols have their place in understanding life and enjoying our journey. Both the scariest and most comforting images come from the mind--a mind that is fed by experience and reading adventures. You and every child will enjoy reading this book over and over, not only for its art but its fun message. An added bonus is the opportunity to explore and explain to children the hidden codes, fun words, and pictures throughout the lush illustrations. After all, our imagination is what keeps us young, interested, and interesting.

Spirits and ghosts and fairies abound,
But must be engaged to roam around.
If you choose to stay young, then heed this advice:
Let them ever delight you and don't think twice.

When our fears would dispel us,
Our wishes propel us,
Then our dreams must compel us
To be all we can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle H. on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is such a delightful book. My 5 year old daughter and I especially enjoy looking for all of the hidden creatures lurking throughout the book. With Halloween approaching it was nice to find such a wonderful book to enjoy with the whole family. It's even become part of our Halloween centerpiece that my daughter has arranged on the dining room table. Terrific Find!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob S. on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We thoroughly enjoyed our copy of Nereena - The Fairy Queen of Halloween. It's rare to have a children's book that is both well written and well illustrated. It was fun for all ages. We hope this book is only the first in a long series to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy B. on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a pleasure this book is! I don't know who enjoyed it the most, me or my 5-year-old. I read it out loud twice (she even wanted me to read every word of the two recipes in the back) and then she wanted to "read" it to me, which meant she made up her own poem. She followed the author's poetic beat and had fun making up spooky rhymes. Now she is on the floor creating her own Halloween book. The title of hers is "Nereena-Dot." Obviously an inspiring work of art for a child, but adults will love this book as well. The artwork is simply breathtaking. The more I stare at Nereena, the more I see. I'm off now to explore the FantaFairies website and see what else might be available by these talented artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Froelich on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The FantaFairies series starts out with a bang. The attention to exquisite details should not be overlooked. From the quality of the illustrations to the cadence of the story, my 4, 11, and 13 year old children read it from cover to cove and each of them found something fascinating and different from the previous reader. My wife and I have it placed on a book shelf as a focal point for our Halloween decor (as I said we have kids). Of course it doesn't stay there for long before someone else picks it up. Kudos to Vanessa and Richard for putting this together. I look forward to laying my hands and eyes on another adventure, and have ordered my magic lenses from my favorite magic store.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Millar on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nereena is a must for all fans of Halloween big and small. She is both mysterious and whimsical at the same time and the creepy creatures she keeps tenderly in her coat are delightful. Ms. Rumaz Boyd's illustrations are as breathtaking as is the city from which she hails and the story itself brings out the imagination in all of us. Hidden gardens and fairies are what we need to believe in no matter what our age. The scrumptious recipes in the back of the book are an added bonus! Can't wait to buy the i-pad version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Marcus on October 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this to my six week old, three times - he loved the flow of the poem. I can see older children having fun looking for creatures in Nereena's coat, while I appreciated the opening history and beautiful, complex illustrations. Bonuses: embedded poems about the various creatures in Nereena's coat featured on each page and the recipes for candied apples and lemonade at the back of the book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Fantafairies series!
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