Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Fairytale Princess

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

I purchased this book solely for the art. What bookworm doesn’t want a collection of fairytales illustrated with paper sculptures made from the pages of books!? The artwork is beautiful and the photographer did a great job of capturing the textures and shadows.

The story adaptations themselves are nothing special. They’re all likely familiar – The Frog Prince, 12 Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, etc. – but highly simplistic. It would have been nice if the writing was as beautiful as the art, but let’s face it, most of us are probably buying this book for the art alone.

If you’re looking for a fairytale collection with a lot of staying power, in terms of the stories, this might not be it. But if you just want to admire the art, definitely pick up this book!

The retellings are by Wendy Jones and the paper sculptures are by Su Blackwell, with photography by Tim Clinch, front and back cover images by Aaron Hayden, published in 2012 by Thames & Hudson, Ltd. ISBN: 9780500650066.

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