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Explore the secret world of trolls,
This review is from: Trolls (Hardcover)
Brian Froud continues to explore the fantasy world, this time looking at trolls. His previous books were on faeries (Faeries: Deluxe Collector's Edition and World of Faerie) and goblins (The Goblin Companion).
This is a 144-page hardcover with larger than A4 size pages.
The story is about a troll child who goes on an adventurous journey to collect tales from the different trolls he meets in the otherworld. The stories are interesting, such as a love story gone wrong, and there are also poems and text on the things trolls use.
Brian Froud's sketches and illustrations are beautiful, as usual. The troll creature designs look slightly whimsical yet believable, perhaps with the exception of the trolls with detachable heads.
Additionally, there are the puppets and accessories handmade by Froud's wife Wendy. The craftsmanship is great and they serve to add a different dimension to this mythical world. However, I feel that something is amiss although I can't pinpoint what. Perhaps it's because of the contrast in style. Graphite drawings will always have that mysterious charm that's difficult to duplicate elsewhere.
Nice book for fans of Brain Froud and fantasy art.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog, just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)