Instructions by Neil Gaiman

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Synopsis

Trust Dreams.
Trust your heart,
and trust your story.

A renowned storyteller whose words have transported readers to magical realms and an acclaimed illustrator of lushly imagined fairy-tale landscapes guide a traveler safely through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar . . .

. . . and home again.

 

About Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the nationally bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, the only book ever to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie Medals. He lives near Minneapolis, MN. You can visit him online at www.mousecircus.com.Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and novelist who has written, story-edited, or produced nearly four hundred teleplays for various series. He lives in California. You can visit him online at www.michaelreaves.com.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A magical, incantatory poem—or perhaps a homily—first published in the Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling collection A Wolf at the Door in 2000 is made new with Vess’s art.

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BC Books

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Gathering together elements and characters from throughout familiar imaginary worlds in one place, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess have created a world that is both recognizable and mysterious in much the same way the real world might look to someone when they prepare to set out into it for the firs...

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Not only have they created numerous fantastical worlds together in the past (worlds where almost everything imaginable and even some things unimaginable exist), both men have always seemed to have an intimate knowledge of the secret places where magic exists.

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The Bookbag

Summary: An interesting twist on fantasy and fairy tales, pitching the story as a set of instructions.

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Common Sense Media

Close Expand to see more details This is not really a story at all...more a poetic sounding to-do list for the Puss-in-Boots character, and the reader, who finds himself in the realm of fairy tales, trying to wend his way along the "twisting path through the wild wood."

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Seattle PI

Gathering together elements and characters from throughout familiar imaginary worlds in one place, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess have created a world that is both recognizable and mysterious in much the same way the real world might look to someone when they prepare to set out into it for the firs...

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The American Book Center Blog

One of the things that makes Neil Gaima n a relatively unique – and popular – writer is his subtle incorporation of mythological and fairy tale motifs in his fiction.

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Birmingham Public Library

the folly of presumption (“Do not be jealous of your sister: / know that diamonds and roses / are as uncomfortable when they tumble from / one’s lips as toads and frogs: / colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.”) For more reader’s advisory, visit our Bookletters page.

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