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Thursday 6 December 2012

Review: The Fairytale Princess

Love fairytales? Love paper crafting? Enamored by paper sculpture? Then this stunning book by paper talent Su Blackwell (with tales retold by Wendy Jones) will both fold and float your paper boat.

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
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780500650066
For ages: 7+
Type: Picture Book