"A cloth of rare delight."
--James Gurney, author of Dinotopia, on The Book of Ballads
"[Vess's] exquisitely detailed art delightfully recalls the Pre-Raphaelites here, Aubrey Beardsley there and elsewhere Winsor McCay or Gustave Doré…Here Vess reaches the peak of his art, standing proudly with the 19th- and early 20th-century illustrators who influence him."
--Publishers Weekly on The Book of Ballads
"If you're a fan of both traditional folk music and comic books, there's no way you should miss Charles Vess' Book of Ballads."
"Vess's work is as slyly subversive as the young Rossetti, Morris, and Burne-Jones . . . and it has captivated large audiences for many of the same reasons. By wedding mythic and folkloric material to a distinctly modern form of visual storytelling, this artist is keeping myth alive, and creating a magic all his own."
--Terri Windling on The Book of Ballads