Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book

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by Terry Jones, Brian Froud
     
 

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This perennial bestseller never loses its charm. It really happened-a hoax perpetrated by two girls who claimed to have photographed actual "fairies"; among the people caught up in the popular hysteria were Arthur Conan Doyle (who fell for it) and Harry Houdini (who did not). This remarkable parody, written by a former member of the Monty Python troupe, takes a

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This perennial bestseller never loses its charm. It really happened-a hoax perpetrated by two girls who claimed to have photographed actual "fairies"; among the people caught up in the popular hysteria were Arthur Conan Doyle (who fell for it) and Harry Houdini (who did not). This remarkable parody, written by a former member of the Monty Python troupe, takes a riotously witty, visually extraordinary, and wildly original look at what went on. In every respect, this "handwritten diary" captures the look of the age-though the fairies, it is true, do sometimes have a more malevolent aspect than one might expect...
A fresh-and funny-take on the true story that inspired two movies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760726884
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
65

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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title itself is enough to immediately draw your attention, ¿Pressed Fairy Book.¿ It sparks your curiosity doesn¿t it? This book is filled from cover to cover of beautifully drawn illustrations of smashed fairies, sounds a bit morbid but I assure you there were no fairies intentionally harmed, I¿d rather say the fairies were all voluntarily smashed. This book starts out like a journal of a little girl written in that sloppy writing we all had at seven years old. The little girl explains how as she was sitting in her garden writing in her journal she has these bugs (which she later found out were fairies) flying all around her head and she used her book to smash one and oops! It was a fairy, but oddly the fairy was making faces as it was smashed in her book, almost like it though it to be fun or a game. Through out the years the little girl collects any fairy she runs across in her book catch many different varieties of fairies. This book has throughout the years been my favorite book, and I often give it as a Christmas gift because it is most decorative and amusing for everyone who lays their eyes on it. This book is exceptionally rare and becoming increasingly hard to Find at many book stores, which is an even better reason to give this as a gift to the art or fairy lover in your family. It serves as a great coffee table book and will entertain even the grumpiest of in-laws visiting your home. I give this book a rating of Five Stars in illustrations, four stars in story line, and Three stars in availability. I recommend this book for all ages, and highly recommend this book as a gift. You can find this book at WWW.barnes and noble.com. This book price ranges from $16.99 - $24.99, there are also many alternatives to the book its self there is a calendar, pocket book and a new version of this book called ¿Lady Cottington¿s Pressed Fairy Letters¿ which gives you additional hilarious illustrations of smashed fairies. This author and illustrator really know how to put a smile on anyone¿s face. Overall rating: 5 stars Based on 5 star rating scale
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok,just to tell you,this book is sick.i mean,who even wants to see things that are squished.hated this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading the first review. I will not let my family read it because the illustrations are pornographic. It's beyond me why anyone would need to put such illustrations into a book which (according to other reviewers) has a good story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was interesting to read through once. This is not for children, though. Teen-agers might be able to handle this, as there is illustrated nudity on the top of the fairies and some bare bottoms. These fairies are not the cutesy, cartoony ones that wear wispy clothing. I liked the story that was written by Terry Jones of Monty Python. It is a fun and non-stressful, escape-from-reality type of book. This is a full-size 64 page soft cover book. Each person that reads it will have a different way of looking at it as to whether this is horribly offensive or not. Some people may not enjoy the squashed fairies in the book. This does not have the DVD in it as the hardback 10th anniversary edition does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and so does my daughter. I bought it for her many years ago as a gift, (she is now 18) and it has always been one of our favorite. When reading it you find yourself wondering if the story is real or not! Great gift for any child with an imagination!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. When I read it, it made me feel like I was a kid again. It is so imaginative! The Frouds are amazing. Anyone that has anything to do with such a book should be thanked....so thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a rilly good book. its exciting and its cool i like the fairys thay are my favorite part and its just cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone with an open mind. Some may think it's vulgar but as with any fairy book there is bound to be some nudity. I loved the story and the pictures. No one that I've recommended it to has been disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
PLEASE remember that this particular version of the book is the MINI version and NOT the large size version, which is why it is priced at $6.98 and not higher. The small version is great, but for a great deal, do get the large version as its on sale and is also fast on its way to becoming Out of Print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. Fairies always catch my eye, but this one's a classic! Makes you wonder if fairies are out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple of months ago on the way back from a shopping trip when I bought the book. At first, I was taken aback by the graphic pictures and the realistic looking faces. But then, as I thought about it (I coulden't get the book out of my mind, I've never seen anything like it before) I began to like the story better and have grown to love it. The reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5? I didn't like the pictures too much; they were too grusome for me. But the writing, diction, structure, and plot of this book is well worth buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a very whimsical, creative book, but was spoiled by the gratuitous portrayal of nude breasts and hips, and allusions to rape and molestation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was very realistic: the story, writing font, and pictures were convincing! Its mystical and curious...I loved it from beginning till end. Its a book ill definately save forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!!! it's very 'realistic' in a sense. The first few pages are written much like a 6 year old would right them, and the handwriting and terms mature with Lady Cottington. It also comes with a window decal, that i still have, this book is hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great collectable for Froud fans. I ordered this book thinking I would be getting the normal sized hardcover copy. Instead I was gleeful to find a pocket-size hardcover copy. It is adoradle and even comes with a mini decal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when it first came out--always good for a smile!! If you always wished faeries were real--you must have this book!!!