Hip Deep, edited by Abe Louise Young (Next Generation Press, 2006)

The Big Picture Hip Deep is a collection of essays written by American teenagers, told in their own voices and drawing on a wide variety of experiences. Alternately heartbreaking and inspirational, it’s a reflection on the matters and issues teens … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time When the Princess Rescued the Prince, by Rosemary Lake (Dragon Tree Press, 2002)

I’m of mixed opinions where Once Upon a Time… is concerned. On the one hand, I really, really, really wanted to like this. I am a sucker for retold fairy tales; nothing draws me to a book quicker than the … Continue reading

Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book, by Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon (Chicago Review Press, 2003)

He’s a shameless huckster, an unrepentant storyteller, a charming old man, a never-say-die opportunist whose career has spanned decades, following the ebb and flow of the comic book industry in America. He’s a modern-day P.T. Barnum, part writer and part … Continue reading

J.K. Rowling: A Biography, by Sean Smith (Michael O'Mara Books, 2001)

Thanks to the phenomenal popularity of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling has achieved a fame seldom attributed to authors, especially those who write children’s books. Ironically, as Sean Smith points out, Rowling is someone uncomfortable with fame, the sort … Continue reading

Another Fairy Tale Omnibus Review

The Faeries, by Suza Scalora (Joanna Cotler Books/Harpercollins, 1999) The Faeryland Companion, by Beatrice Phillpotts (Barnes and Noble, 1999) The Leprechaun Companion, by Niall Macnamara with Wayne Anderson (Barnes and Noble, 1999) Gnomes, by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet (Peacock … Continue reading

Three Brian Froud Books

Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book (With Terry Jones) (Turner Publishing, 1994) Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells (With Terry Jones) (Simon and Schuster, 1996) Good Faeries, Bad Faeries (With Terri Windling) (Simon and Schuster, 1998) Brian Froud is one of those … Continue reading

Three Josepha Sherman Folklore Collections

Jewish American Folklore (August House, 1992) Trickster Tales (August House, 1996) Once Upon A Galaxy (August House, 1994) I’ve known Josepha Sherman for over a decade now, ever since my high school days. I was originally attracted to her writing … Continue reading

The Way of Wizards, by Tom Cross (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2001)

Undoubtedly inspired by the wave of wizardphilia that’s swept the world ever since Harry Potter hit that magical zeitgeist switch, The Way of Wizards is a full-color coffee table art book in the same tradition as Brian Froud’s Faeries, except … Continue reading

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Journal, by Brian Froud and Terry Jones (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1999)

Not to be confused with Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book, the Journal was inspired by the same material. Written by Terry Jones (of Monty Python and Labyrinth fame), and illustrated by Brian Froud, the Journal gives us a year’s worth … Continue reading

History's Last Stand, by Gerard and Patricia Del Re (Dorset Press, 2001)

Quick! Name the last marriage or last day of life of King Henry VIII! Or the last day of the Spanish-American War! Bugsy Seigel’s last crime? Glenn Miller’s last appearance? The last monarch of Egypt? Ronald Reagan’s last film? The … Continue reading