Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lady Cottington's Fairy Album

Lady Cottington's Fairy Album

Companion to Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Letters and Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book, Brian Froud gives us another look into the childhood life of Lady Cottington. In this book, Angelica Cottington has found an old journal that belonged her deceased sister, Euphemia, and has begun reading through the entries. On one page, you have the first hand account of a delightful faerie tea party or dance through the woods, and on the other page you have Angelica’s appalled reaction… and a squashed faerie or two.1

It’s no secret that I love Brian Froud’s books. In my opinion, the man can do no wrong. The squashed faeries are beautifully painted with hilarious positioning and cheeky facial expressions. The stories are told in fantastically contrasting narratives – Euphemia sweet and ladylike, Angelica abrasive and annoyed. It’s just a fun book to read through.

I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy fans, faerie fans, or those who particularly enjoy a narrative told in letters. If you’re a fan of all three of these, this is definitely a book for you.

1 Lady Cottington is well known in the art of faerie pressing. Faerie pressing is the process of slamming a book shut on a faerie that is flitting around your face in an annoying manner.

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