by Danny Garrett
This page is rich in illuminations and has one very nice small illustration with a decided horizontal bias.
The illuminations are standard, with two dramatic exceptions. We have two coronets accompanying two “Princess”, and one evil ‘coronet and black star of “Fairy Misery.” The other two illuminations are spectacular.
The first is the stunning illumination of two trees meant to represent the shadowed forest. These are just beautiful – though dark – water color renderings and dominate the page, illumination-wise.
The second is the rainbow with rays at the bottom of the page, signaturing a slide to “Fairyland.”
The illustration easily carries the visual weight here – both because it is centered, and because it is framed. Even though the frame is a light blue, it sets the image off from the others on this page. It is just a beautiful little illustration of Misery at twilight searching the forest and fields for April. Flowers, weeds, stars and a distant landscape combine with Fairy Misery to really set a mood.