Monday, June 6, 2011

Backlist files - "The Duchess of Whimsy"

The Duchess of Whimsy lives up to her name. She throws "extravagant soirées", she wears "elaborate attire", holds an "uncommon conversation" and has the "most peculiar pets and acquaintances". She is the hostess with the mostest. The Earl of Norm, on the other hand "is as normal as they come". His clothes, his dog, his conversation, everything was normal, except his love for the Duchess of Whimsy. The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève, with illustrations by Peter de Sève is a picture book of pure delight. The story is charming, whimsical (of course) and ends with a beautiful touch of heart. The language is advanced (foliage! flamboyant! huzzah!) but is incorporated perfectly in the storytelling. The artwork is extraordinary, with sumptuous two page spreads and intricately detailed drawings. I especially love the folds and ripples in the Duchess' clothes. This is a simply delicious book, and a perfect readaloud for story time.

The Duchess of Wimsy by Randall de Sève (ill. by Peter de Sève)
2009, Philomel
Library copy

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