Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cool New Book and Trailer: Instructions by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess


Amazon Book Data:

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061960306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960307
  • Genre: Children’s Fantasy Picture Book



    About the Book via Amazon:

    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.


    Can you believe I have not read anything by Neil Gaiman? John has read one book by him – Anansi Boys.

    Interestingly, there's a local event coming in May held in Mesa, AZ. Its called Leprecon 2010. The guest of honor will be the artist Charles Vess, whose art graces this edition and whom I first recognized via this post on Stainless Steel Droppings where he does a lovely review for Drawing Down the Moon, with Vess’s gorgeous drawings included in the post. I then found this trailer on Vess’s site. I am sure many of you have seen it, but if not its wonderful, and well worth the 4 minutes. Highly recommended.

    From a teaching perspective it has verse sequences with illustrations which children love, where both are great for memory since youngsters remember the verse and associate it with the words, which in turn helps with leaning. It is also a wonderful introduction to fantasy, which is fun for everyone. Enjoy!

    Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

    We are hoping to locate a version at our library soon. Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.


    Unknown said...

    I can believe it! I haven't read any books by him either. But I do have American Gods on my shelf so i guess I'll start with it.

    Unknown said...

    Lilly -
    I was going to read Anansi Boys but John only gave it three stars...

    I have American Gods on my list too. I understand several of his graphic novels are brilliant.

    Soon very soon....

    Laurel-Rain Snow said...

    I haven't read anything by this author, but the video was fabulous! Not only the art work, but the voice that told the story was almost hypnotic.

    Unknown said...

    Laurel -
    Neil Gaiman has a lovely deep voice and an English accent.... I am so glad you watched it.

    I skipped over it several times in posts as well until I found it on Vess's site.

    ibpurpledragon said...

    Pretty cool, well done!

    Unknown said...

    Thanks Bill :)
    Glad you enjoyed it.

    Alexia561 said...

    I can't believe you haven't read anything by Neil Gaiman! He's one of my favorite authors, plus one of my author crushes (love the accent!) *L*

    Neverwhere is one of my favorite books, and American Gods is good as well. Anansi Boys wasn't my favorite, so maybe start with something else.

    Hope you like him!

    Unknown said...

    Alexia -
    The accent is one of the many reasons I married John, so I totally get you.

    Neil Gaiman is not as cute as my hubby though. ;)

    So which one do YOU recommend I start with? Besides this one.

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