Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book

by Terry Jones

Other authorsBrian Froud (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1998




Raincoast Books (1998)

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LibraryThing member LarissaBookGirl
I fell instantly in love with this book. It's beautifully illustrated with a cute and whimsical story based on the Cottingley Fairies. If you know nothing about the Cottingley Fairies I suggest you look it up to find out. In this story a little girl named Angelica Cottington has the ability to see fairies, and loves nothing more then to spend her days, squashing them between the pages of her books. It's a wonderful book for anyone in love with fairies or fairy art, and would make a wonderful gift or special treat for yourself.… (more)
LibraryThing member tapestry100
What started out as what I assume to be a bit of comic relief, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, and its subsequent volumes, turned into something of its own fairy tale. Through each volume, we gain a little more insight into the world of Angelica Cottington, who masters the art of pressing fairies in her books, to preserve them and show the world the truth. I give each book 4 stars, but really, the second book is what brings the three volumes together as something more than whimsy.

The first volume, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, I'm quite sure was meant nothing more than a bit of humor. We follow the adventures of Lady Cottington as a small girl as she begins to notice the fairies around her and as she discovers the pressing technique to preserve them in her books. In Lady Cottington's Fairy Album we learn a little more of Lady Cottington's heritage, and this is where I think the series, while still deep in it's whimsical foundations, takes a turn for the more "serious." With Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters, we are presented with letters from the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rasputin, Houdini, Helen Keller and more, as Lady Cottington continues her journey of discovery.

The artwork throughout remains consistently humorous, with each fairy pressing more ridiculous than the last. A truly unique reading experience.
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LibraryThing member MerryMary
Hysterical and beautifully illustrated - if you discount a slight "ick" factor! A young British girl manages to catch fairies between the pages of her pressed flower book and squish them for posterity. The diary entries are slightly risque in places when the enchanted folk make her do some things she thinks she doesn't want to do, but funny, funny, funny.… (more)
LibraryThing member kaelirenee
Imitating a flower press book, this amuzing, charming, and somewhat disturbing collection of stories and images of squashed fairies is a great addition to a mythology collection.
LibraryThing member Ravenari
Though this is widely believed to be the book that really launched Froud's commercial career, I have never particularly enjoyed the Lady Cottington series. The main character, Lady Cottington, is unlikeable, and the faeries that she demolishes never as flattering or as beautiful as the ones depicted by Froud in his other books.

What you're left with is a slightly amusing book which slightly amusing pictures, that otherwise doesn't really measure up to Froud's other works.
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LibraryThing member bookcrazed
A surprisingly adult text with hidden nuance and a great deal of humor.
LibraryThing member the1butterfly
I'm torn on this one- yes, it's an interesting story, and I definitely enjoy the pictures, but I can not condone the idea of pressing faeries. I only bought this because it was on sale and I have a hard time resisting any book about faeries on sale. Yes, generally disturbing.
LibraryThing member tapestry100
In addition to the original text, the new 10 3/4 Anniversary Edition comes with new cover art, a new foreword, 8 additional pages of story, a DVD mockumentary about Lady Cottington and her unique ability to trap fairies in her scrapbook and a new pressed fairy window cling (which I admit to having the first one in my car now - I have it on the corner of my windshield, so that it doesn't look so much as a pressed fairy as a fairy that has been smashed on my windshield whilst driving down the road). It's a very witty and clever book, and the drawings of the pressed fairies are hysterical.… (more)
LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
The story of a victorian young lady's adventures with fairies. She collects impressions of the fairies in her diary. Amusing but very slight, really not for children. I like how the handwriting develops over time.
LibraryThing member Czrbr
Book Description: NY: Barnes & Noble, 1998. This is the Barnes & Noble Reprint edition (published by arrangement with the original publisher, Pavilion Books Ltd.), hardback with faux leather boards, unread in MINT condition (no marks/flaws; issued w/o a dust jacket; Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.
LibraryThing member linda-irvine
Still not 100% sure what I thought of this book...
LibraryThing member turtlesleap
A friend passed this book along to me recently and, at first, I was charmed by the binding and the pages reproducing the childish handwriting and the (ick) squashed fairies captured in the pages. Still, novelty doesn't hold for long and while the writer introduces new levels of adult content into the material as the diarist grows older, I began to lose interest after a few pages. Definitely not for children, and worth a look. . . but a quick look.… (more)
LibraryThing member Murphy-Jacobs
I won't claim this is a great, wonderful, life changing book, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Sometimes that's all I want. The illustrations are lovely and fascinating. I can pull it out at any random time and fall right back into it.

Fairies are tricky like that.
LibraryThing member sraedi
haha! Love it. I have a calendar with pictures from this book from... 10 years ago?! I took them out and dedicated a picture frame on my wall to them. I like to switch them out every so often.
LibraryThing member Greymowser
Interesting. Not that I like squished fairies.
LibraryThing member lunaverse
Squashed fairies. It's true.
LibraryThing member Katie13
I bought this book off of a homeless person selling books at the Pike Place Market. He sold it to me half the price it was marked and I fell in love with it by just looking at the pages. Definitely a must buy!! A magnificent, and funny story. I feel I was blessed by the fairies themselves by finding this book.



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