"This trilogy of children's picture books follows the adventures of a young root faery, Sneezle, living in a Dartmoor woodland. The pitch-perfect stories are
by Terri Windling, who needs no introduction in the fantasy field. The enchanting art is by Wendy Froud, sculptor of magical creatures for film (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth) and television (The Muppet Show). All three books are sure to be treasured by faery lovers young and old alike." - Fantasy Review
The process of creating Old Oak Wood was a true collaboration. Sometimes my story ideas came first, and sometimes Wendy's art came first -- all mixed together with the faery lore of Dartmoor, where we both live. Wendy's artworks are three-dimensional. Whether you call them "sculptures" or call them "dolls," the magical creatures she created for the books looked like they could spring to life at any moment -- particularly once they were arranged into scenes from the stories by Wendy's husband Brian (no stranger to faeries himself), then photographed by John Lawrence Jones (a specialist in film photography).
Go here to read an interview with Sneezle (the hero of the trilogy), conducted by Professor Arnel Rootmaster of King Oberon's Royal Library, in which they discuss the genesis of this human/faery book collaboration.
Go here to see more of Wendy's art.
And go here to learn more about the faery lore and legends of Dartmoor.
A Midummer Night's Faery Tale
"Of all the denizens of Faerie, surely one of the most charming has to be Sneezlewort Rootmuster Rowanberry Boggs the Seventh, a hawthorn root faery with a heart as large as the sky and an unfortunate penchant for getting into trouble. Windling's prose has all the delight and resonance of a tried-and-true fairy tale, the kind of storytelling that is simple but sometimes soars, and always holds the promise of some greater mystery lying just beyond the edges of the words. Froud supplies the wondrous dolls that illustrate the tale, while her husband Brian built the sets and directed the photographs that bring them to life." - Charles de Lint
The Winter Child
"I love Sneezlewort Rootmuster Rowanberry Boggs the Seventh and have been checking my garden just in case he is sleeping under one of my crabapple trees. This second adventure of Sneezle & Co is even more satisfying than the first, full of charm, myth-stakes, wickedness, heroics -- and a lost child." - Jane Yolen
"The Winter Child reminds us of the profound importance of the things we take for granted: the changing of the seasons, the continued renewal of life. Terri's writing combines the graceful flow of fairytale with wry characterizations and unexpected humor. Wendy's charming art underscores the nature of the Old Oak Wood, coaxing us to come with her beyond the world we know." - Patricia A. McKillip
The Faeries of Spring Cottage
"I think that I can give the book no greater praise than to say that when I received my review copy I had to retrieve it three times from my pre-teen kids who kept on snatching it up every time my back was turned. I had told them that I was going to be getting a copy of the next Sneezle adventure, and they asked if they could read it first. My sons have read Lord of the Rings and are working their way through the historical adventures of G.A. Henty, yet amid all that sophisticated reading, they still identified with the simple beauty of The Faeries of Spring Cottage."
- Matthew Scott Winslow (The Green Man Review)
Simon & Schuster, Publishers, US & UK
The Old Oak Wood trilogy was packaged & designed by Robert Gould.