Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Duchess of Whimsy: an absolutely delicious fairy tale

The Duchess of Whimsy: an absolutely delicious fairy tale
By Randall de Sève; illustrated by Peter de Sève

The Earl of Norm is completely smitten with the flamboyant Duchess of Whimsy. The only problem is the duchess herself is smitten with all things extravagant, exciting, and extraordinary...and the earl is just about the most "norm-earl" person one could meet. The duchess considers him a complete bore and much too ordinary...but could there be more to the earl than his seemingly mundane appearance suggests?

Perchance related to the well-known "Fancy Nancy," the duchess is a bright and memorable character, as is her humble earl. Although the text was perhaps a bit over-the-top for younger children, the story itself was still fun in concept, and the illustrations were absolutely delightful.
Peter de Sève's work really shines in this beautiful book.

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