Friday, September 23, 2016

Brian and Wendy Froud's The Pressed Fairy Journal of Madeline Cottington by Brian Froud, Wendy Froud

She sees things out of the corner of her eye.  We all do at times but hers seem to resemble fairies.  Could it be true?

Abrams allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th, so you can grab a copy then.

I read Lady Cottington's book so this was a natural choice for me.  I liked it even better than the first book.

When Maddie mentions what she's seeing, her father gets very angry and tells her he doesn't want to hear about it.  He won't tell her anything about his parents or grandparents or where he grew up.  It's like he's hiding his past.

She locates an old journal that gives her hints about the past, but he confiscates it.  They are in England because he has a new job there, so she snoops as much as she can.  She's seeing more fairies.  She knows something is going on.  When she finally finds a reference to their old home, she makes up her mind to go see it.  After all, the fairies are helping her.  They want to go.

What she finds is a partially burnt down building.  She finds a place to make her own and worries a bit about food but somehow she finds food in the kitchen each day.  She begins to explore...

She finds correspondence from the past and a secret portal.  She also finds that you can get stuck in the fairy world.  She's preparing carefully so she can go but she'll be able to get back home again.  But will it work?

There are illustrations of pressed fairies, photographs of people, the letters are handwritten in a fancy text, the typewritten letters look like they're from an old manual Royal typewriter, and you never know just what you're going to find on the next page.  You could spend a few hours just admiring the illustrations.

This is a fun read for fairy lovers, and you know I'm one of them.  Give it a try.

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