Magic and mystery hide in the shadows of the rainy streets of Paris, kindness blooms in unexpected places, and a sad-eyed child journeys into the unknown. Renowned artist of the dark fantastic Victoria Frances first made a splash in the U.S. with her dreamy, sensual paintings in the Favole trilogy. Now, Frances returns with a gorgeous storybook for all ages. The tale of little Parisian boy Sasha and his poignant misadventures is at once heartwarming and melancholy, combining a sweetly gothic story with arresting, beautifully painted illustrations.
My Take: This is a heartwarming story of a young boy finding a place to belong. with magic and the circus Sasha finds a place to call home. This is a beautiful book and it has stunningly beautiful book illustrations. For me the combination of the two made this a must read. I will be buying this book as soon as it is available!
Frances was born in Valencia but spent much of her infancy in Galicia.
She attended the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where she studied Fine Arts at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. There she started working as an illustrator while also designing various book covers and other commissioned pieces.
Her first illustrated book, Favole, a remembrance of Verona, Venice and Genoa, was first released on 23 April 2003. It was moderately successful, but she returned to the University to continue to study art. She made her first public appearance at the Saló del Còmic fair in Barcelona on March 8, 2004. She toured Madrid and the U.S. the following year.
Soon after, Favole II and Favole III followed. Her most recent published work is called El Corazón de Arlene (Arlene's heart) in 2008. Her illustrations have also been featured on posters, calendars and jigsaw puzzles.
Release Date: June 25, 2013 Mark your calanders!