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Mirrormask [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman , Dave McKean
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 Oct 2005
"MirrorMask" tells the story of a girl from a family of circus performers who finds herself in a strange new world populated by mysterious creatures - a dreamworld in which she is about to embark on a most amazing journey. A funny, scary, and magical fantasy for young readers.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747581118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747581116
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 24.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book is quite extraordinary. Extraordinary and scary. But also madly inventive and madly funny. It illustrates two things that it is quite crucial to remember for this age group: you are never, ever too old for picture books and that even when you can read quite fluently - which many at the top end of this age range will be able to do - a story shared is a story that doubles in pleasure.' Guardian 'This spectacular book, with its stylish blend of photography, paint, collage and drawing does not look like most children's picture books. It bypasses the cosy, simplified cliches of child appeal, which makes it absolutely intriguing for youngsters. It is atmospheric, sinister, scary and funny This is a book for cool kids who will grow up to be fearless.' Sunday Times one of the most stylish picture books for 5+ a strange, cathartic, visually original book about a scary prediction that comes true, and is also classy and cool.' Sunday Times Books of the Year Gaiman's words and McKean's pictures are a match made in some dark damp inspirational place. With gems like this and 'The Wolves in the Walls' the pair are extending the audience for picture books" Time Out

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Neil Gaiman is the author of the bestselling children's books The Wolves in the Walls and Coraline, as well as of such award-winning adult novels as American Gods, Neverwhere, and Stardust. He lives near Minneapolis, in the US. Dave McKean has created illustrations and photographs for hundreds of CD, book, and comics covers, and is probably best known for his graphic novels. He also illustrated the bestselling children's books Coraline and The Wolves in the Walls, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice book - but not what I was after 22 Dec 2007
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I ordered this thinking it was the graphic novel and was quite annoyed when I realised it was "The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from the Jim Henson Company". Fine is that's what you are after, but it should state this clearer in the item description. It doesn't feature any of the gorgeous illustrations from the graphic novel which is what I was after, so I sent mine back!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Badly Misleading 25 Mar 2008
Amazon - shame on you! This item is listed twice, once under the correct title of "film screenplay", but you can't order it, and secondly here without any description whatsoever. Most disappointed that this is not the actual book.
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28 of 44 people found the following review helpful
if you don't want to know the story of Mirrormask before you see the film, don't buy this book.
if however you do want
a)to experience a tittilating insight into the creative proccesses that went into developing it
b)to see the story in the fractured dimension of itself that it was, is and never will be
c)to appreciate concept work that is far more than your average storyboard
d)to read and see a good tale irrelevant to the fact that it is also a film
e)all of the above,
then you might as well, it is a very pleasing weight.
if you have seen the film or never heard of it then the above is as relevant as you think it is.
This is just one of several books being brought out around the film Mirrormask, think of them as extras on the second DVD that, because neither creator has ever been afraid of working in different mediums have been brought out in book form, before the theatre release of the film. And a book is a far nicer thing to own than a disk that you won't get round to watching for ages and will probably get scratched anyway.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let them join the circus. I want to join real life." 9 April 2006
By Clarissa Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
I personally found the fantastical MIRRORMASK to be an enjoyable read. The story itself wasn't too terribly gripping but I loved the way in which it was written. Neil Gaiman is a master at creating new worlds and painting vivid imagery with his captivating words. But please note that while this is called the "children's edition" I'd have to say it is more like a young adult read. Granted it's a short book with only 80 pages of storytelling intersperced with pictures taken from the movie as well as illustrations from Dave McKean, in a sense it is too grown-up for real young kids to enjoy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An appealing, visually vivid format is presented. 6 Jan 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Helena has been raised in a family of circus performers and dreams of a normal life - until haunting music leads her far from home to a magical world where her real life is stolen. Her only hope is to rescue her new home from a threat - if she can. MirrorMask is a film: Gaiman's story here pairs with artist/director Dave McKean to provide a blend of novella and art, supplemented by images from the film. An appealing, visually vivid format is presented.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "One day you'll be the death of me." "I hope so." 11 Feb 2010
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
When I saw this book and looked through it, I thought one thing.
"Wow - for a "children's edition", this thing really has a lot of words. I think I'll take a peek inside."
The next thing i know, I'm inside the house with my head stuck to a small book, looking through it as if it held something amazing. I've always had this thing for fairytales and, well, mirrormask is a modern day telling of something worthwhile. It has its harrowing portions for the young and it has the funny little portions for the not-to-young, and it has the drawings that one can expect along the way. It really was more than I thought I would EVEr find in a book like this. It had the dark side and the light side and the point to all the sides. Altogether, it was like the movie and yet it was its own thing.

If you do not know mirrormask, it rests in the hands of a young girl. She is part of a circus, her father's pride and joy, and everyone would think she would love it there. Her mothe rloves to point out that kids would love to run off and be part of this world, but all she wants to do is "run off and join Real-life." This provokes her mother, who says "you will be the death of me." And then her mother becomes ill and, truly, it seems like she might be the death of her mother. While her mother is sick, she finds herself pulled into this othe rworld, where the queen there is sick and no one knows why. They only know that light is faltering and darkness is arising. So the girl, consumed by enough darkness, tries to cure this world of its affliction.

The book is a thing that is a child inside, and I like that. I liked the movie, too, but thebook has more of the fairytale feel to it. It is light in places and dark in others, and it teaches a system of notions and emotions to people who perhaps don't know them or need a nice reminder. Me - I enjoy the reminders and I enjoyed this book, liking the characters and the fact that darkness has a lot of the same reasons as light does.
This is uplifting and, at the same time, dark and Gaimanesque.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a test run 6 July 2013
By Nemo - Published on Amazon.com
It's been a few weeks since I listened to MirrorMask, and while I enjoyed it, the book felt like it was a testrun for "Coraline," in which the themes are repeated, but fleshed out further.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To scattered for me... 20 Oct 2012
By Abbey - Published on Amazon.com
I "get" the kooky dream-world scenarios. I enjoyed Coraline, but I didn't like Mirrormask. My issue comes with the lack of action. It seems like all the action is so twisted that it makes it unenjoyable. I know this isn't a typical thriller author, but his dream-world action simply got too muddled.
He tried to create a fantastical world in my head... but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was all the other cars distracting me... I listened to the audio while driving down the highway. Usually, audiobooks make my trips faster. This one, however, did not speed up my drive. -SG
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