Brian is without doubt a great illustrator, and has a wonderfull imagination so it is with some regret that I post a less than enthused review of one of his books.
In fairness to him, many will no doubt love and treasure this book, but here is the quandry, for the avid Brian Froud fan who is more than familiar with his full repertoire of works, there is in fact comparatively little new here.
The bulk of the illustrations come from his earlier out of print 1977 book "The Land of Froud" with a minority of contributions from more recent publications, indeed many of these earlier prints have already been reused at least once. Whilst some may quite rightly welcome the insight into his illustrations of yester year others will find little new and be disappointed.
The reprinted 1977 illustrations themselves are brighter, more vibrant and the paper is better quality than the original yet strangely this takes takes away some of the charm, the contrast being a little too exaggerated. They may indeed be more true to the originals yet they don't quite work.
There is also a sad lack of the more involved and detailed set piece illustrations which Brian is so good at.
The pictures are joined by a number of Wendy Froud's dolls, which will work for some and not for others. They do bulk up the book however, personally I would prefer to see these two distinct portfolios of work kept separate.
This book may be for you but equally it may not quite hit the button. Come on Brian, I know you can do better!