Saturday, March 1, 2008

21-23. Lady Cottington's Books by Brian Froud

Needed something a little whimsical today, so...



Title: Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
Series: Lady Cottington
Author: Brian Froud
Copyright: 1994
Pages: 61
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 3-1-08

Title: Lady Cottington's Fairy Album
Series: Lady Cottington
Author: Brian Froud
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 3-1-08

Title: Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters
Series: Lady Cottington
Author: Brian Froud
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 3-1-08

What started out as what I assume to be a bit of comic relief, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, and its subsequent volumes, turned into something of its own fairy tale. Through each volume, we gain a little more insight into the world of Angelica Cottington, who masters the art of pressing fairies in her books, to preserve them and show the world the truth. I give each book 4 stars, but really, the second book is what brings the three volumes together as something more than whimsy.

The first book, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, I'm quite sure was meant nothing more than a bit of humor. We follow the adventures of Lady Cottington as a small girl as she begins to notice the fairies around her and as she discovers the pressing technique to preserve them in her books. In Lady Cottington's Fairy Album we learn a little more of Lady Cottington's heritage, and this is where I think the series, while still deep in it's whimsical foundations, takes a turn for the more "serious." With Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters, we are presented with letters from the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rasputin, Houdini, Helen Keller and more, as Lady Cottington continues her journey of discovery.

The artwork throughout remains consistently humorous, with each fairy pressing more ridiculous than the last. A truly unique reading experience.

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