The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève and Peter de Sève
Oh, I like this. I like the lavishly insouciant colored pencil and watercolor illustrations. I like the fun, fancy Duchess, with her penchant for "elaborate attire" and "uncommon conversation." I like the Earl of Norm, who, although he is an intrinsically rather quiet guy, really enjoys the Duchess's spirit, and tries to spice himself up with fancy clothes and a giraffe. And I like that, in the end, he wins her over with a grilled cheese sandwich, and they find that they have more in common than they knew. I love that Randall and Peter de Sève are married and live in Brooklyn with their two daughters. Sigh. Love!Aaaand... now I'm hungry.