East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon (Works in Translation) - Naomi Lewis

A Scandinavian variant of Beauty and the Beast.

 

Now THIS is how you do a fairy tale picture book - fantastic, lush illustrations combined with engaging, flowing text.  Pretty much perfection.

 

I can't get over the princess with the nose 3 'ells' long!  What is an 'ell' you ask?  I didn't know either, but PJ Lynch (the illustrator) explains on his wesbsite: An ell is a medieval unit of measurement taken from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow.That's one damn long nose. 

 

And there's a bow on the end!!!  I may die!

 

 

For more fabulous images from the book (and others): http://www.pjlynchgallery.com/books/east.html