Yesterday Henry and I went to Oxford partly because Henry has never been to Oxford before and I wanted to show it to him, and partly to see my Grandmother who lives there. One of my favourite things to do in Oxford is visit Blackwells bookshop because I always discover something new and exciting in there when I go. This time was no exception!
I have been a fan of Su Blackwell's work for some time. I am as you know very interested in 3d/photographed illustration and she does it so beautifully. I am always charmed and amazed by her paper sculpted scenes. When I saw this book sitting on a shelf in Blackwell's bookshop my jaw literally dropped. I had no idea that she had illustrated a picture book! All I had ever seen of her work before were isolated pictures on the internet. I was entranced!
Here are just a few little scenes from it. There are bigger, double page scenes in the book too but they wouldn't fit in my scanner...
'The Fairy-Tale Princess is a lovely, heavy, 96 page, illustrated book. It features seven fairy-tale princess stories: Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.
It's a fascinating book. I was lucky to be able to take it home with me yesterday as my bank account is still recovering from Turkey so Henry bought it for me for Christmas instead. He's taken it away again now (boo!) so I will have to wait until Christmas to look at it again.
So yes that's that. I wasn't expecting to review any books that wern't Halloween-y this month but I couldn't resist this one!
We had a lovely time in Oxford. Henry liked it as I thought he would. We both said that we would be quite happy to live near Oxford sometime in the future. It is a beautiful city. Have you ever been there?
We stopped in for a cup of tea at my Grandmother's house before we went home. She got out some photo albums and we looked at lots of old pictures. It was very interesting. I especially enjoyed seeing a picture of my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather who I don't think I ever even met. It's funny seeing pictures of people you are blood related to so far in the past and who you never even saw- especially if they are a direct line to you.
On the right is my Grandfather who lives in America and the other two are his parents, so my Great Grandparents. The one on the left, my great Grandfather was Claude Muncaster who was a real proper, sort of famous artist! here's one of his paintings. He liked painting boats.
Anyway that's enough for now I think! Hope you have a good day! xox