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The Witches and Wizards of Oberin
by Suza Scalora
$19.95 / Joanna Cotler / 2001
If you love the mystical, the magical, and the mysterious, you
will thoroughly enjoy The Witches and Wizards of Oberin,
for photgrapher Suza Scalora's picture book is a stunning example
of how a written work can captivate one's senses on many levels
simultaneously. (Even though its slick, almost Teflon-feeling
pages-although surely chosen to showcase the photo's stunning
colors and special visual effects-was viscerally unsatisfying).
The paper notwithstanding, Scalora opens the book with a news
report of a recently discovered anthropological site that contains
mysterious markings. From there, she introduces us to the possible
makers of those marks, utilizing the illustrations, font, and
writing style to share different supernatural individuals with
her readers. Unfortunately, while most of these artistic interpretations
are in keeping with the flavor of the supernatural beings they
describe, some of them are distracting-subtracting from, rather
than adding to the readability of the work as a whole.
However, do not fail to read the delicately scripted invocation
surrounding the next-to-last page. This charming little poem
caught in my mind, repeating itself in the way that only the
rarest lyrical weavings do. (Because of the way it is written,
I missed it on my first reading; do not make the same mistake!)
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