Featuring such classics as Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Prince, Snow White and Rapunzel (seven stories in all), each abridged version features a truly eye-boggling feast of paperworked images, from a delicately-crafted Cinderella, her pumpkin coach and white steeds, to the multi-layered bed hiding a pesky little orb in The Princess and the Pea.
Each hand-crafted image (and there are many) is beautifully lit and photographed by award-winning talent Tim Clinch, and covers a variety of detail - from full castle scenery and forests, to a teensy paper crown.
Blackwell has not only used the pages of books (or perhaps type-printed paper) in her creations, she has delicately embellished each piece with extraordinary detail, from gold leaf to internal light.
A stunning book that can either be enjoyed now or secreted away to fulfill its obvious heirloomability. Best get two copies.
Title: The Fairytale Princess
Retellings: Wendy Jones
Illustrator: Su Blackwell
Publisher: Thames + Hudson, $29.95 RRP
Publication Date: October 2012
For ages: 7+
Type: Picture Book