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Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins, and Other Nasties: A Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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About the Author
You can learn more about her at www.lesleymmblume.com.
DAVID FOOTE envisions the world through a fantastical black-and-white looking glass.
He is a fine artist, filmmaker, and animator who left his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela, at eighteen to study at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he currently lives. Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties is his first children’s book.
Visit him on the Web at www.davidfootestudio.com.
Top Customer Reviews
When one strays into a foreign land, it is advisable to have a native guide on hand. But what do you take with you when the foreign land in question is your own backyard? For that, you will need to turn to an expert. And the expert in the case of city fairies and their kin is Miss Edythe McFate. With great relish, Miss McFate shares with the reader many helpful tips and tricks on dealing with fairies. And not just any fairies, mind, but the ones that have adapted to large city centers like the heart of New York City itself. In this book, a reader will encounter eight short cautionary tales (some more cautionary than others) and, between those chapters, practical advice regarding fairies and their day-to-day lives.Read more ›
Part short story collection and part field guide, MODERN FAIRIES is delightfully dark. Narrated by Miss Edythe McFate, the book takes place in the various boroughs of New York City -- from a Brooklyn back yard to Central Park to the Lincoln tunnel, it seems that fairies have migrated to New York from all over the world, just like the people who inhabit one of our most diverse cities. This would have been very useful to me when I lived in New York, a few years ago. I always knew there was a reason I disliked the Lincoln Tunnel -- dwarves have their secret underground mines there. Should a child enter these mines, through one of the many, mysterious brass doors lining the tunnel, he absolutely shouldn't try to steal from the dwarves. This can only lead to his demise. And while I didn't have a back yard when I lived in Brooklyn, it is apparent that fairy rings do occur in this part of the city, and they are certainly something to watch out for. Flower fairies aren't necessarily the kindly folk you'd suspect -- and you should always be careful what you wish for.
Flower Fairy illustration by David Foote
I loved the story of the nasty Destinatus twins who played perfect piano, only to be foiled by resident libretto fairies at Carnegie hall.Read more ›
This book provides an account of eight children and their completely true and terrifying encounters with fairies. Miss Edythe explains how to avoid these problems and how to recognize a fairy and whether they are good or bad. Miss Edythe has her reason for writing this guide in the first place. You see, she was one of the eight stories she tells in the book and since no one believed her, she had a need to show the rest of the world that fairies do exist. And she provides plenty of evidence to support it.
This is a really wonderful book filled with imagination. The reason I loved it so much is that it shows modern fairies in everyday life. The Spiderwick Chronicles were also about modern fairies, but they were located in the countryside far away from urban life. This book changes all that by documenting truly urban living fairies. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy books and stories about fairies. It will provide you with a fresh perspective on fairies and everyday life. Perhaps you have one living near you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really creative! I loved the combination of dark and whimsical.Published 4 months ago by Wildflower1977
Fantastic, darkly humourous stories with wickedly brilliant illustrations. Makes me wish there were fairies in MY house!Published 22 months ago by TLF
The title and artwork drew me in, but I was disappointed pretty quickly with the content. The techniques the authors used to "modernize" the fairy world seemed to take a good bit... Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Charlie R
This is on of those books that really makes you want to believe in fairies and other mythical creatures. Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by Broncos_Lover11
It is a good book I am a real fairy believer myself so ya I think it is a good book.Published on June 23, 2013 by Tiffany Larcom
This is not your average fairy book. The stories are well told, impeccably written and beautifully illustrated, but if you are looking for a cutesy kiddie book you are way off... Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Angela Alvarez Velez
This is an amusing "guide" to fairies and other related species. Miss Edythe McFate (a.k.a Lesley Blume), well-versed in the art of studying fairies, tells the reader everything... Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Black Plum
This book seemed to waver between presenting Fairy folklore and trying to be a children's storybook. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by stacia b