The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Seve

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The great New Yorker artist Peter de Seve teams up with the author of bestselling Toy Boat in a slightly outrageous fairy tale.

The Duchess of Whimsy is fancy and fussy—and definitely not ordinary—surrounding herself with wild friends, fabulous foods, and fancy dress. The Earl of Norm (ho hum) is completely ordinary, but he adores the Duchess. She ignores him, until the chef gets sick, and her friends have to make a super supper—which includes tracking down truffles, spinning sugar stars, and looking for quail eggs.

But the Earl is hungry! He sneaks off to an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich—and suddenly takes the Duchess’s eye. Maybe there’s something to simplicity after all. Maybe there’s something to the Earl after all . . .

This deliciously told and illustrated love story by the remarkable de Sèves shows how utterly charming and extraordinary a picture book can be.


About Randall de Seve

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Randall de Séve is a New York Times bestselling author, and her book The Duchess of Whimsy is on the Bluebonnet and Charlotte Award master lists. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.Paul Schmid ( is the illustrator of a number of children's books and has had two chosen for the Society of Illustrators Art Show: A Pet for Petunia and Hugs From Pearl. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, Washington.
Published February 26, 2012 by PHILOMEL. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The free-spirited Duchess of Whimsy finds little to recommend the staid Earl of Norm, who is pragmatism personified.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Duchess of Whimsy

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Despite its witty tongue-in-cheek tone and quirky and exuberant artwork, this love story about an earl and an unconventional duchess blurs the line between “ordinary” and “extraordinary.” The narrator insists that the extravagant duchess of Whimsy is “the life of the party” while the earl of Norm...

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Randall de Seve brings together her odd couple with a sparkling story that evokes both princess fantasies and the grade-school cafeteria social order.

Oct 29 2009 | Read Full Review of The Duchess of Whimsy


The poor earl wants nothing more than to impress the duchess but all of his attempts fall flat...until the day the royal cook falls ill.Through the gastronomic delight of a simple grilled cheese sandwich the duchess discovers that the ordinary can be quite extraordinary.Peter de Seve is a BRILLAI...

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