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Instructions Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
This will be classified as a "children's book," and it is, but it's also an adult's book and a reader's book; something that I expect will charm anyone who's ever read a fairy tale.
"Walk through the house. Take nothing. Eat
However, if any creature tells you that it hungers,
If it tells you that it is dirty,
If it cries to you that it hurts,
if you can,
ease its pain."
If you're a Gaiman fan like myself, this is a must-have for your collection.
"Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never saw before. Say please before you open the latch, go through, and walk down the path." Gaiman follows a cat-man in vaguely medieval clothes as he follows the various instructions. Obviously he starts off going through a mysterious door in a stone wall, which leads him into a world of ogres, palaces, wild woods, magic wells, princesses and red dragons.
Moreover, he gives you tips on the proper places to go and what you should do when you get there. For instance, he informs you what giant animals you are going to ride, what you shouldn't do (example: touch an imp doorknocker), and precisely what to say to whomever you meet.
Technically "Instructions" is a children's picture book, but it feels more like a whimsical poem with equally charming illustrations. Gaiman manages to make you feel like you wandered into a slightly tongue-in-cheek fairy tale and are just an observer rather than a full participant. It's a little like he's taking you by the hand and showing you the most interesting sights of the Fairy Tale World -- including some of the darker edges, like a haunted wood full of imps, or the incarnations of the year's months.
And Charles Vess' illustrations really give the book a magical air -- lots of gnarled trees, crows, clinging flowering vines, floating mists, green tinged forests and golden skies.Read more ›
I read it about once a week. It's a nice reminder of what's important when the outside world wants all your attention, energy, and focus. The artwork is outstanding.
I bought a copy for a baby shower for the son of my niece. I intend to make it a tradition for all my grand nephews and nieces.
Text supplies just enough fantasy, oddity, and mystery to keep it in the realm of the fairy tale. Superb illustrations show a little anthropomorphic fox leaving home to see the world, and although the journey is fraught with dangers and threats, the instructions give hope for how to avoid them and hints for how to make use of those odd strangers he meets.
In essence, it is a book with some important philosophic hints and practical advice. Manners, trust, being brave in the face of adversity and unknown faces. These and more are all bound into a story kids love to hear again and again. My toddler (22 months old) grandson cannot get enough of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More like a long poem. 6 year old son did not like it all. Neither did I.Published 23 days ago by A. Hershdorfer
This 'story' appeared in Fragile Things, but the illustrations really flesh it out. My kids and I like to take our time and extrapolate on the story and speculate about why the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harmonious Cacophony
Total Neil Gaiman fan. This book is unique and fun. It's small in size.Published 1 month ago by SS Sally
I work at an Elementary school, and all the teachers LOVE this book. Truly a great message for young readers, with brilliant illustrations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Brune
My rating of 4 stars is my attempt to rate it on its own (in a void). However, it is not in a void: it is referential to other of Gaiman's works. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adrian E. Fields
I love trying to figure out what other stories he is referencing.Published 6 months ago by Leslie D Bradley
I would categorize this story/poem as meta-fiction setting in a familiar fantasy wold. Great illustrations. Perfect book for both children and adult! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Magical Potato (a.k.a. Mahou Shousho)
excellent book.. arrived quickly. My husband loves to read it to our daughter.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another birthday present for my sister who loves Neil Gaiman. So does her 8 year old grandson. They were thrilled.Published 9 months ago by Janet Patterson