Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Neil Gaiman Children's Book Read-A-Thon Review: Instructions

(Part of my personal

Source: Library

Publication Date: April 2010

Short Synopsis (Goodreads)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.

My Review: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book (except for the obvious).

It ended up being not so much a story in itself, but an introduction/summary of other, older stories. However, I think the title gives fair warning to this. It's 'Instructions' on what to do during your adventures, not the adventures themselves, which is actually quite a clever idea (leave it to Neil Gaiman to come up with something like that...if you hadn't already been able to tell, I'm a fan).

When reading with children it could be a fun introduction to fantasy tales, what to be careful of when becoming a part of the adventures one reads about. Or it could be a good review, looking at the instructions listed and remembering examples in stories where the people followed the instructions or did not and what happened to them because of it.

The combination of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess was perfect for this book. The illustrations are well done. Both the tone of the book and the pictures are soft and gentle, so go together quite well.

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