Customer Reviews: Serif Fairy
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on August 18, 2011
The book is very small, only about twenty pages. There are cutesy images of creatures made from letters in different fonts. It does not really give much context to gain appreciation for the art ot typography. Story is not very interesting nor it is informative. Maybe those parents who have designer experience would be able to tell a better story with it, but for a parent without this background it is a waste of 15 dollars.
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THE SERIF FAIRY is a delight from every aspect. Though conceived as a children's book, it is also a teaching tool of the sort that makes learning fun while challenging both the adult reader and the child. Writer and graphic designer Rene Siegfried composed this fable in German (it is sensitively translated for us into English by Joel Mann) as a studio work for a course in communication design, the challenge being to create a readable and interesting story while introducing the child in each of us to concepts of the somewhat obtuse subject - typography!

The Serif Fairy, 'a clever little letter-fairy', has lost her left 'magical' wing, disabling her ability to fly and to perform magic. She sets off in search of the lost wing, wandering through the Garamond Forest, the Zentenar Gate, the Futura City, and finally to Shelley Lake where, after falling into the water, she finds her lost wing and flies into the air, a revived magic fairy. Each of the images, from the construction of the fairy herself to the trees, buildings, bugs and animals she encounters are built from letters from the various typefaces (fonts) that we all know from the computer cascade of choices. Siegfried encourages the reader to find the various composed creatures and identify how they are created from letters by adding at the end of the brief book a concise but excellent description and illustration of each of the four typefaces used. Then on the inside back cover spread the designer shares each of the designed objects from car to crab with a simple lineup of the letters used in each composition.

The design of the book is clean, elegant, and very intelligently presented. Some will ask whether the book will appeal to any child (or adult) not involved in the graphic design business. For this reader the answer is a resounding 'YES!'. Siegfried has managed to create an interesting tale while opening fresh lines of investigation for visual problem solving of the 'type' that fascinate children with inquisitive minds: problem solving in finding the inventive critters that fill the pages is enhanced by the reward of learning more about the new discoveries at book's end. This is a book that restores faith in the intelligence of readers - of any age. Another Mark Batty Publisher winner! Grady Harp, May 07
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on January 12, 2013
My partner is a middle school graphic design teacher, and I got him this book to add to his classroom library. It's definitely a niche book, and maybe won't appeal to people who don't enjoy typography and fonts and design, but we are not those people, so we think it's cute. The only bummer was that the book (which was supposed to be new) came out of the box absolutely filthy, and the cover (as you can see) is white so it's quite conspicuous.
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on February 10, 2014
I am a sucker for typography books, so loved the idea of this for my kids, but the story is meh, and the actual artwork is nothing to write home about either.
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on July 1, 2013
My son is starting to notice differences in type, so this was a creative way of showing a variety of fonts in a format he's familiar with. He had a great time finding the different letters in each setting.
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on October 6, 2007
The Serif Fairy: Explorations in the World of Letters is a most unusual children's picturebook, featuring highly simplistic, two-color illustrations in which all creatures and things are represented by stylized letters and patterns assembled from letters. In this sparsely beauteous world, a little letter-fairy has lost her left wing. Her search to find her missing wing will take her from a great gate to a busy street to the shores of a placid lake. The text of The Serif Fairy is innocently charming, though complex enough to be ideal for young readers who are almost ready to move on to chapter books, yet the true appeal of The Serif Fairy lies in its ingeniously minimal, all-letter illustration style. Highly recommended.
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on July 19, 2010
I bought this book for the graphic designer in my life, and she loved it. I recommend it highly to anyone who cares about how words look on a printed page.
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on August 11, 2014
Very cute book and perfect for artists or artist parents who want to share their typography knowledge. Received promptly and in good condition.
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