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