The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher

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The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher
Written by David Ellwand
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780763620967
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The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher

author/illustrator: David Ellwand

Some say the English Downs are haunted by fairy creatures and that those who find a flint stone with a hole through it can look into the fairies' realm. It is just such a stone that leads photographer David Ellwand on a dark journey to the past, one that starts with a musty wooden chest and a nineteenth-century journal and ends with a disappearance as sudden as a vintage camera's flash. In this journal-within-a-journal, illustrated by Ellwand's exquisite photographs, lies a tale of archaeologists and fairies, human hubris and otherworldly revenge, the magic of the natural world and the mystery of the imagination.

"Beautiful photographs are juxtaposed against subtly quiet text in this unusual fantasy." Kirkus Reviews
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Mystery / Hardback
age range:
10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
104 / 7 7/16" x 9 1/16"
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
Legends, Myths, Fables; Mysteries & Detective Stories; Fantasy & Magic;
author’s comments:
Ruth Ellwand, a children's publishing specialist, previously collaborated with her husband, David, on Midas Mouse. She lives with him in West Sussex, England.
illustrator’s comments:
David Ellwand, creator of the internationally renowned Fairie-ality, Cinderlily, and many other acclaimed books, is a photographer, artist, and printmaker whose home in West Sussex, England, is located very near the mysterious happenings in this book.
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