May 26, 2014

Brian Froud's Faerielands Book 2

Something Rich And Strange
by Patricia A. McKillip
illustrated by Brian Froud

A Heart Linked To The Sea!

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Megan has always been attracted to the sea, spending her days drawing its many faces from its roaring white caped waves to its calming living tidal pools. But now something is different, something had crawled out of the sea and into her life. More and more the sea is encroaching on her life, overtaking all she loves, and if she is not careful she will lose all she loves to the sea.

Jonah's passion is for the past, it lies in the rocks and fossils of the sea that crowd his thoughts and litter his home. But now the sea has offered up a new passion to Jonah, one that he cannot escape from, hard as he might try. For the song of the sea has captured his heart blinding him to all things but her song, and with this song in his heart he is in danger of losing himself to the sea he loves.

Something Rich And Strange has emerged from the sea, bewitching, enthralling, demanding to be heard. But the sea sings not just for love but for salvation for the seas are dying, pollution clogging its heart and killing its soul. A story of love and enchantment, this second book in the Fairyland series is passionately written by an expert storyteller bringing to life the dreamy images of a much loved illustrator.
On sale: 01 October 1994
ISBN: 9780553096743
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Siren
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

May 19, 2014

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet by Charles and Mary Lamb
illustrated by Brian Froud
"That She Must Love Her Enemy"
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Once in Verona there lived two families who held a great quarrel between them, these were the families Capulet and Montague. Nothing could persuade these families from their hate for each other, a hate they passed on to their children. But as it happened, however, Romeo of the family Montague one night gazed upon the image of Juliet, a Capulet, and the two were at once in love. But with their family's hate against them, this was a love that was fated to end in heartbreak.

Romeo And Juliet, the famous romantic tragedy by William Shakespearean has been here transformed into a story that embodies the essence of this play in both word and spirit. These feuding families are again the cause of so much loss and sorrow, as their children pay the price for the parents' animosity. A story that blends soft romantic imagery with poetic words of an immortal, bringing new life a timeless tale of love and woe.
On sale: 1971
SBN: 851661521
Recommended age: 12+
In a word:
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

May 12, 2014


Tarot by Mystic Meg
cards illustrated by Caroline Smith
"Prediction Made Easy By The World's Best-Known Fortune Teller"

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In the history of just about every culture around the world there have been those who have looked to signs and interpreted their meanings to show them the way. From shooting stars, chicken bones, ogham staves and tarot cards, there has always been those who can see what destiny lies ahead. In times past people would visit oracles, seers, shamans and wise women to consult and advise on matters great and small. Modern times have now allowed that we see for ourselves, read our own destinies and follow our own paths and tarot cards such as these have made that possible.

Tarot is the first tarot/oracle card set I ever owned and is still one I come back to. In this set the traditional names of some of these tarot cards have been updated and changed, for example the names for each suit of the Minor Arcana, Pentacles, Swords, Cups and Staves have been replaced instead with the elements of Earth, Air Water and Fire. There are also a number of other name changes including the Fool card which is here called Beginning and the Death which is now called Changing. All these changes help to bring a deeper clarity to each card, revealing its true meaning and purpose.

(includes 78 Cards + 128p Booklet)
On sale: 24 October 1997
ISBN: 9781858683317
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Tarot
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

May 5, 2014

Fairy Board Books In Case

The Tooth Fairy/The Enchanted Woods/
The Fairies' Party/Fairy Verse

by Shirley Barber
"4 Beautiful Books"


The Tooth Fairy
When Tom's baby tooth fell out his sister Holly told him all about the Tooth Fairy who would come to collect it. Unfortunately Tom lost the tooth while playing in the garden. That night the Tooth Fairy arrives to collect the tooth and takes both Tom and Holly on an adventure to Fairyland.

The Enchanted Woods
When Sarah Jane stepped into a fairy ring while walking in the forest, the fairies immediately flew her away to Fairyland for a magical adventure. There she met the Fairy King and Queen, she had a wonderful time but all too soon it was over and she was home again.

The Fairies' Party
Once again Sarah Jane meets fairies while in the woods, and once again she is taken to Fairyland. This time it is to attend a beautiful party for the fairy prince and princess. After much fun and a magical feast the party comes to a close and Sarah Jane is returned home safe once more.

A Book Of Verse
Enter the magical world of fairy; do not stay long for it can be quite scary. What with dragons walking about, but hush now and do not shout. For the fairies are shy when at play, but come along now for it's the end of day.

Fairy Board Books In Case is a collection of four sweet board books by Shirley Barber. The simple stories will delight any little one and with their carry case they are fun to take anywhere.
On sale: 31 August 1996
ISBN: 9780867887648
Recommended age: 3+
In a word: Fairy
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five