Children's author Crystal Walters, who confesses to having an obsession with fairy tales, has crafted a story about a young girl who dreams of what it would be like to live in one of the fairy tales she loves so dearly.
The most remarkable thing about the book is how Walters chose to illustrate it. Each page comes alive in a series of wonderfully-crafted cakes. Fantasticedible characters swim in the sea, sail on a pirate ship, hang out on the moon with the sandman, and enjoy many other fairy tale adventures. Walters painstakingly created nearly eighty sugar sculptures, each one acting out a part of the story. Then every scene was meticulously photographed and laid into a beautifully illustrated background.
The result is a charmingbook with remarkabledetail on every page. Every character is unique. The cascading braid of a princess's long blonde hair drapes over the main character's little dog, while a mermaid relaxes in a waterfall of frosting. A friendly dragon sits on a chocolate boulder with a slice cut out of it and sitting on a plate with a fork - just to remind us that it really is all made of cake.
"When I finished writing the story," said Walters, "I was thinking about how the book should be illustrated. I knew exactly how I wanted each page to look, from the chocolate colored tree stump where the fairies lived, to the cotton candy clouds where the unicorns played. I complained to my mother that while I can sculpt sugar paste and carve out cake, I couldn't very well make a children's picture book out of cake. She said, 'Why can't you?' and the rest is history."
Asked if she ate all her artwork after the photography was done, Walters smiled and said, "Well, of course. Wouldn't you?"
About Crystal Walters:
Raised on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, children's author and illustrator Crystal Walters attended the University of San Diego where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English. A self-taught baker, she loves bringing stories to life through cake.
Ms. Walters splits her time between California and Hawaii. When she's not writing or baking, you can find her hoarding books, watching classic movies, and swimming in the ocean, where she has a funny habit of turning into a mermaid.
Walters is currently working on three additional works of children's literature.
I Wish I Were a Fairy Tale, (ISBN 978-1-54394-632-1) Hardcover $21.99, 32 pages.Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as: iBook for $1.99. View the book trailer here: http://bit.ly/FairyTaleTrailer