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Blueberry Girl [Paperback]

Neil Gaiman , Charles Vess
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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1 Mar 2010
Neil Gaiman wrote "Blueberry Girl" for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. He has turned the deeply personal wish for a daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up. Illustrated throughout with gorgeous art by Charles Vess, whose work can also be seen in Susanna Clarke's "The Ladies of Grace Adieu".

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0747595984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595984
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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'A great baby present' Guardian 'It is really a book for mothers and daughters (whatever their ages) as it celebrates the glory of growing up ... very moving' The Bookseller 'Highly unusual picture book, which would make a good gift for new parents' Jewish Chronicle 'The skilful poetic rhythms and phrases of the word pictures, together with the artfully designed pages and the paintings of the renowned Vess, create a charmingly idealised feel-good factor' The School Librarian

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`Highly unusual picture book, which would make a good gift for new parents'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical book of good wishes. 19 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I happen to have a friend who has just had a baby girl and it gave me the excuse to buy this book, which is lucky as I wanted to buy it anyway. It's a lovely book, the illustrations are lively and inspiring and Neil Gaiman's poem, which feels like a lyric, is sweet, and charming and sometimes moving, obviously written from the heart of one who has daughters and wishes wonderful things for them. This is all sunlight, none of Gaiman's usual darkness, so if that's what you're expecting, you'll be disappointed. It's not about that.

It feels more to me like a modern day prayer, a celebration of femininity and whilst I'm not claiming that Mr Gaiman has magical powers, it reminded me of the good fairies in the tale of Sleeping Beauty and that can't be bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect keepsake 30 April 2009
By whipmeupsomecream VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Before buying this, I did read reviews on other websites/fansites of Neil Gaiman just out of curiosity. The general consensus from die-hard Neil fans is that this is a little bit "fluffy" compared to his normal edgier style. As a life-long Gaiman fan myself, I would whole-heartedly agree, as this is indeed on a different level to his previous books. However, Blueberry girl is a children's book, so it's not going to be of the same ilk as something like Neverwhere. You just can't compare them.
But anyway, why pigeon-hole the guy?

This book is as whimsical as the synopsis states. It's dreamy, fantastical, innocent and hopeful. After all, it was written as a prayer/blessing/poem for Tori Amos' then unborn daughter. So one would hope that the message contains wishes of bright futures and desires fulfilled. This is the whole point.
But if you're worried that this might be just a sugar-coated book full of too many cliches, then don't panic. This is not your average fairy-tale, (nor is it the length of one). Blueberry girl represents strength, independence, courage and finding your own way in life. More Tatterhood than Cinderella.
In my opinion this book is absolutely perfect as a keepsake for a daughter. It's the type of book that I would want to keep as some sort of modern day heirloom, a message to be passed onto different generations of girls.
I have just bought two copies, one for each of my friends' new born baby daughters.

It's very short (I can now see why it was originally pinned up to a wall on one piece of paper). But this doesn't matter in the slightest. The illustrations by Charles Vess are incredibly beautiful and are (in my opinion) what turns this short verse into an actual book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newborn gift 15 Sep 2013
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This is a great present to give for a newborn girl. The words are beautiful and send good wishes to those who read it. I highly recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this and my daughter love this! 20 Aug 2014
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Brilliant. Read it as a poem at my daughters naming ceremony. Split the crowd as some people get it and some people don't. I saw other internet reviews describing it as weird, pagan and blasphemous. That must be why I love it so much!!! Not so keen on some of the illustrations but the sentiments are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for friends baby 7 April 2014
By Stevie
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I bought this as a present for my friends baby girl after seeing my niece love her copy of it.

It's a really lovely book, Neil Gaiman is a fantastic childrens author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 6 April 2014
By Suzanne
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Love reading this to my little girl - lovely illustrations also. Never read Neil Gaiman before but will do now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars they love it 13 Dec 2013
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given it to 2 diferent little girls and they both love it. On was waiting for new brother to be born, felt very apprpriate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutest book ever! 18 Oct 2013
By angel
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Great present for expectant and new mothers of baby girls, beautiful pictures and a great poem both the parents and the child can enjoy (in their own time, obviously!).
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