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Good Faeries Bad Faeries Hardcover – Oct 15 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684847817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847818
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 2.3 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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Why are large, illustrated works offhandedly relegated to gather dust on the corner of your coffee table? Sure, you will want to put Good-Faeries/Bad Faeries in an obvious place, somewhere your friends will see it and pick it up, but it's far more than mere decoration. Froud's illustrations have delighted readers since his first book, Faeries, introduced us to the little people of folklore. Good Faeries/Bad Faeries is a doorway to the faery realm of the 20th century, where you'll meet delightful characters like Quempel, who dances to celebrate when something is done well; or the Buttered Toast Faery, who decides which side of a dropped piece of toast will hit the floor--faeries who will call you back so often that Good Faeries/Bad Faeries won't have a chance to gather dust. --Brian Patterson

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YA-Froud's collection of fanciful sketches encompasses both the benevolent and the malevolent species of the tribe Faeries. The structure of the book is reversible with the jacket proclaiming "Good Faeries," matched on the flip side with the title "Bad Faeries." An introduction to each section covers Faery Blights, Faery Defects, Glamour, and Music, and offers advice to humans on protection against the meddling of the Bad Faeries. There are paragraphs on naming, classification, and a further delineation of earth, water, fire, and air Faeries. This is followed by an exposition on Faery physiognomy-their wings, eyes, ears, heads, and size. Faery communication and healing are also discussed. The illustrations are the heart of the book, whether done in black and white, sepia, or full color. They are vivid, full of vitality, and wonderfully varied. With unnumbered pages, this is primarily a sketchbook for readers to leaf through and marvel at the creative bent that depicts the countenances of: "The Buttered Toast Faery," "The Wrong Decision Faery," and the "Pot Pixie." While not as glamorously elegant as their counterparts, the Bad Faeries are indeed beautiful in their own right. Handsomely jacketed, this is a whimsical, charming, artfully crafted book.
Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I bought this book about a year ago,and Brian Froud's work is
just amazing.The pictures look so real,like you can just reach out and touch the faeries.I have loved faeries ever since I was a
child,and when I would look at some of the pictures,I would cry.
Some of the pictures look like the faces I see when I look at a bush,tree,or flower.And I'm not ashamed to say I see faeries all
the time.I will definitely buy all of Brian Froud's books.
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When I first saw Brian Froud's artwork in the original (and far superior) Faeries book, I became heartsick for the fantasy world that he and Alan Lee had created. The froud illustrations were especially great- he seemed to have a delicate knack for line and a really subtle, balanced use of color. As an artist myself, he seemed to create the kind of drawings and paintings I always felt I should be doing-i don't know exactly how to convey this-it was fresh and new to me, yet strangely familiar. The extremely detailed, Richard Dadd like tapestry paintings were the most impressive, such as the "goblin market one", "knockers" or "faerie ways". the way he airbrushed a fairy's wing, the pinkness in a blue fairy's knees, the dark blue knuckles and fingertips of a goblin, all this was exactly what I had always felt, artistically! Here was an artist who was truly inspired and sensitive. So imagine my sad disappointment when, after waiting for three years, I saw "good faeries/bad faeries". To be sure, there are more than a handful of nice paintings in this one, although I think something of the subtlety in the originals had been lost in reproduction. But that does not excuse the rest. Half the illustrations look like things the artist had dashed off at the breakfast table while eating. A quick pencil sketch often fills up an entire page, and it is not even of the quality that you'd find in the first book. All the tightness of those sketches has deteriorated. I can appreciate looseness, but not sloppiness. One would think that Froud would have a better handle on the "bad faeries" section, but there are only a few impressive ones there.Read more ›
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Ah, I remember that day. Just browsing the bookstore when this book caught my eye. I went ahead looking at other things but it kept tugging at me. I had always had a love of the fae and decided I'd give it a look. I knew instantly as I held the book in my hands, before I even opened it, that I had to have it. Upon opening it I was drawn into a state of awe. With each page I flipped I became more enthralled. Who painted these I wondered! And to my surprise when I looked at the artist, and what he had done, Mr. Froud had been a part of my life for some time now, I just never knew it. All those years ago when I grew up with Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal, watching my videos till the tape ran thin. I longed to find that magic in something again. And I truely found it in this book. Upon taking my purchase home, I learned there was another book done by Mr Froud. There was no question, I knew I had to have it. Since then, I have purchased the first Faerie book, and the Faerie Oracle and I can truely say that it has given me something that I belive I was always searching for. What these books has given me is something that I wish to share with everyone. Buy this book, it will open your vision to a whole new world.
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Ah, I remember that day. Just browsing the bookstore when this book caught my eye. I went ahead looking at other things but it kept tugging at me. I had always had a love of the fae and decided I'd give it a look. I knew instantly as I held the book in my hands, before I even opened it, that I had to have it. Upon opening it I was drawn into a state of awe. With each page I flipped I became more enthralled. Who painted these I wondered! And to my surprise when I looked at the artist, and what he had done, Mr. Froud had been a part of my life for some time now, I just never knew it. All those years ago when I grew up with Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal, watching my videos till the tape ran thin. I longed to find that magic in something again. And I truely found it in this book. Upon taking my purchase home, I learned there was another book done by Mr Froud. There was no question, I knew I had to have it. Since then, I have purchased the first Faerie book, and the Faerie Oracle and I can truely say that it has given me something that I belive I was always searching for. What these books has given me is something that I wish to share with everyone. Buy this book, it will open your vision to a whole new world.
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First, I should confess that I bought this book in order to complete my library of Terri Windling titles, knowing nothing about the artist. Little did I know that the artist, Brian Froud, is one of the master "faery painters" of our day, and an artistic genius whose work I've enjoyed for years (through the films Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) without knowing his name. So once again I have Ms. Windling to thank for expanding my artistic horizons, just as she has expanded my literary horizons over many years. This is not a book for children, but a serious (if also whimsical) and sensuous look at faery legends, symbols and imagery. The text by Mr. Froud (with Ms. Windling's distinctive touch and guidance) is splendid, the pictures are fascinating. I highly recommend this book for the library of every fan of myth, legend, and nature lore. I would also recommend the lovely children's book by Mr. Froud's wife, Wendy Froud, also in collaboration with Ms. Windling. I give my thanks to all three of you for opening the door to this wondrous world.
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