LESLEY M. M. BLUME spent much of her childhood sitting in her
backyard, willing fairies to appear. These days, she is an author
and journalist based in New York City. Her books for children
include Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset
Sisters, The Rising Star of Rusty Nail, and Tennyson, which the
Chicago Tribune praised for its "brilliant, unusual writing."
You can learn more about her at www.lesleymmblume.com.
DAVID FOOTE envisions the world through a fantastical
black-and-white looking glass.
He is a fine artist, filmmaker, and animator who left his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela, at eighteen to study at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he currently lives. Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties is his first children's book.
Visit him on the Web at www.davidfootestudio.com.
Gr 4-8-Miss Edythe McFate's guidebook, "as told to" Blume, gives advice and answers to various questions about fairies, dwarves, goblins, etc. She also tells eight "true" stories set in modern New York City about children with fairy sight. The first tale is about the historic Algonquin Hotel, which for years has been the home of brownies until a new owner takes over. Olive, the daughter of the hotel chef, must help them relocate before Mr. Rex Runcible ruins them. In another tale, George sees a door in the Lincoln Tunnel that leads to a secret tunnel where dwarves pick rubies off trees. He decides to take one and turns into an old man. Miss Edythe McFate sagely warns that one should never steal from fairies. One of the later tales is about an ugly mermaid who can't sing very well. She convinces the girl to help her catch the attention of the Staten Island ferry captain with disastrous consequences. Blume's conversational narrative style is both entertaining and informative, if often on the darker side. Foote's expressive, black-ink illustrations haunt every page and add to the magical feel of the book.-Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.