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Brian Froud's World of Faerie Hardcover – August 24, 2007
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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.)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is large and it's full of beautiful and colorful pictures. If you love looking at fairy creatures, this is a book for you!Published 8 months ago by Liv Malone
Purchased as a gift form a Wish List - recipient really loved it (especially the art).Published 17 months ago by janis m dauer