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Beautiful Darkness
by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët and Helge Dascher


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"Kerascoet render Aurora and her friends in the huge-eyed style of classic children's book illustrations, but cuteness is just another Darwinian survival strategy here. Even on her clover-high scale, as Aurora discovers, romance is decided by social pecking order and murderous deceit." Douglas Wolk, "New York Times"

Kerascoet's and Fabien Vehlmann's unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny.  Read more...


 
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Overview

BEST OF THE YEAR NODS FROM AMAZON.COM AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Kerascoet render Aurora and her friends in the huge-eyed style of classic children's book illustrations, but cuteness is just another Darwinian survival strategy here. Even on her clover-high scale, as Aurora discovers, romance is decided by social pecking order and murderous deceit." Douglas Wolk, "New York Times"

Kerascoet's and Fabien Vehlmann's unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoet's delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. "Beautiful Darkness" is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781770461291
  • ISBN-10: 1770461299
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 94
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 11.31 x 8.25 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

A whimsical tea-party in bright pastels turns bitter in the first pages of this macabre graphic novel for grownups. Pretty, cheery faerie Aurora and her band of tiny companions crawl out of a young girl’s corpse in the woods and quickly find themselves in a strange new world, starving as well as besieged and brutalized by insects, birds, and mice. Some of her companions are clueless, others are cruel, and their arboreal paradise quickly becomes a Lord of the Flies–style horror. Kerascoët’s lush illustrations of the tiny little fantasy people are highlighted against realistic natural scenes of the wood’s rich flora and fauna. This blend of imaginative characters in the physical world inspires gasps and shudders when nature overcomes them: the little people are savaged and preyed on not only by the animals but also by each other. A midbook full-page illustration of nature engulfing the long-dead girl in the woods is both heartbreaking and shocking. Aurora’s attempts to manage this society of self-obsessed little persons drive her into a brutal, feral state—her horrific retaliation against nature pushes her away from her fellow faeries, even when they invade her new safe place. This unforgettable graphic novel hovers on the edge of your daydreams and nightmares. (Oct.)

 
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