'Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland' by Siobhan Parkinson and Olwen Whelan is a beautiful library find that really knocked me out. Julia read it in one sitting and we did a great deal of oooohing and aaaahing over the art. It takes a lot to knock me back a pace and really lose it over some art in a book these days, but this one totally did. All this color you see on the pages? This was not enhanced by me in any way, by the by. It's really this vibrant!
'The Land Under the Waves' is a bit like an Irish version of the Japanese story, 'Urashima Taro', if you're familiar with that story of a traveler who visits a magical palace deep in the ocean and falls in love with the princess who lives there, only to lose her when he feels like he MUST return home for a visit.
(why do they always feel like they must return home for a visit? everyone knows that once you go to a magical land, you either stay there or you don't, none of this flitting back and forth nonsense. fairy tale dudes are a bit slow on the uptake, compared to fairy tale female heroes, I find.)