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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140880865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808658
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,485 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 lyrical fairytale treat. Gaiman is extremely collectable
- The Bookseller


An extraordinarily original reading experience which is both fascinating and unsettling . . . This is a book that stands many readings: it amazes, perplexes and entertains --- School Librarian

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Neil Gaiman, author, scriptwriter and creator of graphic novels, is British and lives in the USA. His diverse catalogue of books includes the Teenage Book Prize winning and Carnegie Medal winning novel The Graveyard Book, Stardust (now a major feature film), the bestselling novel for young readers Coraline (now a major 3D animated film), and the picture book The Wolves in the Walls, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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In addition to Blueberry Girl, Charles also collaborated with Neil on Stardust, for which Charles's paintings won the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 1999, and on Neil's acclaimed Sandman comics series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wilson on 12 Dec. 2014
Format: Paperback
Negative reviews aren't normally my thing, but I think fans of Gaiman and Vess's earlier collaborations deserve to know that this book is thin gruel indeed compared to their previous ventures into the realm of faerie.

Many of the same readers might already have the text of Instructions, which appears as a poem in Gaiman's short story collection Fragile Things. It's fine in and of itself, but it could only be considered a story in the loosest and most tenuous sense of that term.

I purchased this book hoping that it would be a storybook. Even at just 40 pages long, I have enough regard for the work of Gaiman and Vess to think them capable of weaving a bit of magic in that space. Unfortunately, despite the quality of the illustrations, this just didn't do it for me. The book didn't transport me into another world because there was - in my view, and maybe that reflects a lack of imagination on my part - not sufficient story to work with the pictures.

On the plus side, however, this slight disappointment has spurred me to dig out my old copies of Stardust, The Books of Magic and The Sandman, which are absolutely terrific. Timeless fairy tales for adults that are as good as anything ever produced in the genre. Gaiman's universe, as illustrated by Vess, is a truly wondrous place. Can't wait for their next full-scale collaboration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drew on 31 Dec. 2013
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You might not get all of the references to the folktales and fairy stories but you will love the atmosphere created by the poem and delightfully supported by the illustrations.

My only reason to withhold the fifth star is that this edition was somewhat smaller in format than I had expected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Myatt on 8 Feb. 2014
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I used this book to teach Instructions to a Year 1 class. The children loved the illustrations, their magical quality (we had just done a topic on fantasy) and they enjoyed finding 'bossy' verbs, of which there are many! The only improvement I would make would be to make it bigger!
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I teach students with special needs and used this with older children as a visual introduction to writing instructional texts. The fantasy creatures and settings also sparked ideas for creating their own computer games.
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