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Brian Froud is a fantasy artist who draws all kinds of mythical creatures but mostly he creates these wonderful, magical looking creatures called faeries. I first found out about Brian Froud through school when we were looking at fantasy art in our art lessons. I have always loved fantasy and unusual, magical things like faeries so was drawn to this book straight away.
The book has got two sides to it. When you flip it over, there is no back cover but instead there is a front cover on both sides, each leading to a different part of the book. One side is "good faeries" and the other side is "bad faeries", my personal favourite side is the one with the bad faeries in it, but the other side is just as interesting and enchanting. On both sides there are loads of amazing drawings of these beautiful faeries which you could spend ages looking at. They are mostly very unusual and unique looking but they are still fascinating to look at.
The book starts with a short piece of writing by Froud about his work and how he feels about faeries. He seems to be absolutely in love with this fantasy world of faeries and seems to believe he is a part of it. I think he believes it is real and that the faeries talk to him! His enthusiasm about his work is contagious, however, and you can't help being captivated by this book and you just have to stop to admire his work.
After these few pages of writing the book is mainly made up of pictures of his art. There is a commentary on all of it though, in which he tells us a story about each of the faeries he has drawn.
His art is very unique and he has some very interesting ideas. Some of his faeries are small, rounded creatures which look quite friendly but others look scary! Some don't look like faeries at all, for example there are hooded figures, and there is an 'old hag faery' in this who just looks a bit like an evil old woman! Well more than she does how you would imagine a faery to look anyway.
Overall this is a great book and I think perhaps children will enjoy this more than most adults. However adults who enjoy fantasy art are sure to love this, too. I would advise checking out the World Of Froud website to have a look at what kind of work Froud produces.
Since he illustrated the Faeries in 1978, Brian Froud has been fascinated by faery lore. Now, 20 years later, this book describes and illustrates the faery folk who still crowd his imagination.