The Duchess of Whimsy
By Randall de Seve, illustrated by Peter de Seve
Published 2009 by Philomel
The Duchess of Whimsy is fancy and particular and extraordinary. The Earl of Norm is boring and plain and lackluster. But he thinks the Duchess is just wonderful and tries desperately to impress her. She never notices him until the fateful day that the chef is ill and the guests search high and low for ingredients to prepare a fanciful feast. But the Earl of Norm has something more straightforward in mind - and it just might catch the eye of the Duchess. This was an absolutely adorable fairy tale love story that I really enjoyed. I picked it up because it's a Bluebonnet Book here in Texas and I wanted to see what it was all about. The illustrations are indeed whimsical and delightful. A truly sweet tale that I think children will adore.