Phantasmagoria by Melanie Rose Huff
Phantasmagoria is a unique collection of moments as described by the author, Melanie Rose Huff. Brief glimpses of thoughts one might have after reading a story or experiencing a cherished memory in which a whimsical or solid thought might follow. In her writing, she has captured the essence of those moments and shared them in a light fun manner which sometimes takes a dark twist.
My favorite is To Whom It May Concern. The witch who cursed sleeping beauty – perhaps she wasn’t really bad, just cantankerous and felt left out … “I may be reclusive, but I still have feelings.” The snark in this “unique moment” is priceless! Huff has captured what some of us see beyond the actual fairy tale or societal norm and she has given voice to those thoughts! Huff’s use of words creates vivid imagery that flows well with the artwork.
The book comes across as a collection of poetry until one reads the introduction by the author – it is small snippets of moments that the author shared with us about common everyday situations, memories or stories we all read as young children/adults. There is something for everyone in this book – something that will make you smile if not burst out laughing. This is a book of moments that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Traci Manley, the Illustrator, did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the moment being captured by Huff. Her artwork is beautiful, poignant and lines up perfectly with the words of each piece. The choice of colors to draw one’s eye to something important is subtle. The pictures are clear, exact and wonderfully done.
Huff and Manley are a magnificent pair that works together seamlessly in this book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – for young adults to more mature ones.
The book was a gift, one that I will cherish!