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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: BOOKDEPO (2010)
  • ASIN: B003LNLMFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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By T. Simons VINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book contains a set of instructions for wanderers into the realms of Faerie. Those instructions come in the form of an evocative poem, written by Neil Gaiman, and illustrated by the illusively charming drawings of Charles Vess (who has some experience depicting those lands beyond the fields we know, having also illustrated Gaiman's _Stardust_ and Susanna Clarke's _The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories_, among many other works).

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

nothing.

However, if any creature tells you that it hungers,

feed it.

If it tells you that it is dirty,

clean it.

If it cries to you that it hurts,

if you can,

ease its pain."
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First things first: this is a poem, not a children's bedtime story as the cover art might suggest. I just wanted everyone to know that before they buy. That said, it is an absolutely charming poem about how to survive in a fairy tale and is fabulously well-done by Neil Gaiman. Fans of his work (the latest award-winner being his novel The Graveyard Book) will instantly recognize his invention on these pages. It's really quite charming and the illustrations are wonderful. If you're looking at this for your kids, it's appropriate for those who are old enough to understand the concept of entering a fairy tale, at least in my opinion....my four year old certainly understands it (and enjoys it!).

If you're a Gaiman fan like myself, this is a must-have for your collection.
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By Vanderwoman on September 16, 2013
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This is not a proper book, but rather a instruction book in case one finds one's self in an adventure, especially of the fairy tale variety. It's charming and well illustrated. To my surprise, it has become one of my 6 year old's favorite books to read on her own. She's very much enamored with stories, and convinced that one day, she'll find herself in the middle of her own fantastical adventure with her two pet dragons and her dog...and find pirate treasure, of course.
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Don't deny it. Everybody has had fantasies of wandering into another world, or at least a magically-enhanced pocket of our own -- and Neil Gaiman is an expert on both. His "Instructions" is a delicately illustrated, whimsical little picture book that takes you on a guided tour of a fantasy world, and Charles Vess' delicate, elegant illustrations mesh perfectly with Gaiman's words.

"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.
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The perfect little book. Well not little because the book is rather large. The story length is short, but the message is huge. I'm not sure I can call this a little book. But it's about darn near perfect.

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.
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Delightful story of an unnamed journey, although you may recognize it as life itself.

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.
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