Weeks ago, I mentioned (here) reading and loving this book, Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins, and Other Nasties: A Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate, as told to Lesley M.M. Blume and illustrated by David Foote, released by this month by Alfred A. Knopf. Well, I knew I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. One day. When my schedule gets less hectic. Ahem. (Not gonna happen.)
But I see that Betsy Bird gave us one of her detailed write-ups of the book yesterday in her Review of the Day post, not to mention Monica Edinger covers it over at her “Refreshingly Nasty Fairies” post from the very beginning of this week. So, I decided to zippy-quick-like tell you about it today, after all. Or send you to them and let them do it: Monica calls it “fresh and different,” which, indeed, it is. And Betsy, who describes this one as fun and original, notes that Ms. Blume has the ability to make you believe in the impossible, no less. Which, indeed, she does.
So, I say: Shoo. Go over and read those well-written posts from those smart ladies. My job is to not only throw in my ringing endorsement for this fun book (which, as I mentioned in my earlier post, is a read-aloud for my girls, and we are having much fun reading this one), but to also showcase some art from it. So, here we go…Oh, wait! I managed to get this straight from Lesley herself. When I asked if she would be writing anymore—er, I mean, if Edythe would be relating any more tales to her, she responded:
It’s unlikely that I’ll write more about these specific creatures, although there are many others that have yet to get their moment on the stage — in NYC’s fairy world and elsewhere.
David and I are now turning our sights on the ancient world: our next book will be a collection of rather wild fables about extinct, fantastical creatures that once roamed the earth. Most of them are quite peculiar and even defy imagination — but they still offer important lessons about our world today.
Oh là là, my friends! Me likey.
Okay, right. Back to the art: Below are a handful of illustrations from the book, the successfully eerie, slightly macabre, smacking-of-Gorey art work from one David Foote. (Actually, the art is not unlike Edward Gorey runs into Jen Corace in a bar and buys her a drink, while still retaining its own David-Foote style.) Enjoy.
And….if you pick this one up for yourself and read it, come back and discuss!
they weave dresses and rugs and hammocks out of it.”
MODERN FAIRIES, DWARVES, GOBLINS & OTHER NASTIES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE BY MISS EDYTHE McFATE. Text copyright © 2010 by Lesley M. M. Blume. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by David Foote. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, New York.