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5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazingly beautiful and original. Like nothing else., 16 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Key to the Kingdom: An Enchanted Deck of Transformation Playing Cards (Running Press Book Plus Kits) (Hardcover)
The Key to the Kingdom: An Enchanted Deck of Transformation Playing Cards (Running Press Book Plus Kits)

This is a hard product to categorise. It is a box set comprising a deck of playing cards (full deck, you can play card games with them if you like) and a hardback book with an illustrated plate of each card on the right hand page and an accompanying rhyme or poem on the left. The poems and cards are nursery rhyme in feel, but with a slightly dark feeling, like the best Grimm's fairy tales, or maybe Tim Burton.
The product quality is top notch, the illustrations are compelling and fascinating, and without exception are beautifully executed and the rhymes and the images are humourously appealing.

I stumbled across my set in my middle teens, and could not resist it. I've looked it up on Amazon now to purchase another set for a gift for a girl of a similar age as there is no way I would give away my set! I think it makes a wonderful and very original gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb gift, 22 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Key to the Kingdom: An Enchanted Deck of Transformation Playing Cards (Running Press Book Plus Kits) (Hardcover)
Amazing illustrations, really beautiful.
This is such a wonderful book and deck of cards, a real head turner at the local bridge club
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5.0 out of 5 stars best cards ever, 20 Dec 2013
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A really lovely deck of playing cards, book going with it as a bonus.
Look at the cards read the poetry forget, bridge or poker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't be in better condition, 9 Sep 2013
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Excellent - I have a set of these amazing cards and wanted a set for some friends - the condition was marvellous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Exquisite., 22 April 2012
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This review is from: The Key to the Kingdom: An Enchanted Deck of Transformation Playing Cards (Running Press Book Plus Kits) (Hardcover)
Here's something genuinely intriguing and exquisite; within a sturdy slipcase is housed a neat little hardcover book and a deck of `transformation' playing cards.

Each card depicts a beautiful, if sometimes eerie, design which ingeniously incorporates the suite into the pictures; the Three of Clubs, for instances, becomes the Three Blind Mice scurrying across a tabletop. The entire deck is given this treatment, with each card being unique.

The book reproduces each card face, page by page, accompanied by an appropriate piece of short, witty prose or poetry.

Together both elements make for a very high quality, beautifully crafted and very enigmatic item. As much a work of art as a book and the perfect gift for a loved one, but once The Key to the Kingdom is in your hands you might not want to part with it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Key to the Kingdom, 11 July 2010
This review is from: The Key to the Kingdom: An Enchanted Deck of Transformation Playing Cards (Running Press Book Plus Kits) (Hardcover)
Tony is a genius of symbolic art. The thought and detail of each card is unique and supurb. I enjoyed the poetry of the book and those Poets I recognized and those I didn't. A great present to give... even to yourself.
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