The Duchess of Whimsy

The Duchess of Whimsy

An Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale

By Randall de Seve; Peter Deseve (Illustrator)

Philomel Books, Hardcover, 9780399250958, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2009

The great "New Yorker" artist Peter de Seve teams up with the author of bestselling "Toy Boat" in a slightly outrageous fairy tale.

The Duchess of Whimsy is fancy and fussy and definitely not ordinary surrounding herself with wild friends, fabulous foods, and fancy dress. The Earl of Norm (ho hum) is completely ordinary, but he adores the Duchess. She ignores him, until the chef gets sick, and her friends have to make a super supper which includes tracking down truffles, spinning sugar stars, and looking for quail eggs.

But the Earl is hungry He sneaks off to an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich and suddenly takes the Duchess's eye. Maybe there's something to simplicity after all. Maybe there's something to the Earl after all . . .

This deliciously told and illustrated love story by the remarkable de Seves shows how utterly charming and extraordinary a picture book can be.

About the Author
Randall de SEve made her debut as an author with the "New York Times" bestseller "Toy Boat", illustrated by Loren Long. She is also the author of "The Duchess of Whimsy", illustrated by her husband, Peter de SEve. Randall lives with him and their two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter de Seve's illustrations have appeared on the cover of "The New Yorker", and he has created characters for Disney and Dreamworks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.