A perfect reminder to always be on the lookout for magic and wonder. Sometimes, we need those two things the most (Brightly, citing Books That Teach Kids What It Means to Be a Kind Person).
In this breathtaking picture book, now in paper-over-board format, Neil Gaiman's lyrical poem guides a novice traveler through the enchanted woods of a fairy tale--through lush gardens, a formidable castle, and over a perilous river--to find the way home again.
Illustrated in full color by Charles Vess, Instructions features lush images of mythical creatures, magical landscapes, and canny princesses. Its message of the value of courage, wit, and wisdom makes it a perfect gift, particularly for graduation.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Charles Vess is an artist and comic book illustrator. Vess is known for working with Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, George R.R. Martin, Terri Windling, Ellen Datlow, and many other big names in the literary industry. Educated at Virginia Commonwealth University, Vess is primarily known for his work in fantasy, with many of his designs and drawings being implemented within major mythological-based comic books and pieces. Vess is perhaps best known for Sandman, Stardust, and Bone.
"Like a more impish version of Dr. Seuss's 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Gaiman's book offers riddling advice that could be for young or old."--New York Times Book Review
" Young readers should relish the chimerical vision while older Gaiman fans should grasp the underlying suggestion that the compass used to navigate fairy tales can also guide us in the real world"--Publishers Weekly
"A magical, incantatory poem. It could be instructions for a child, a writer, a newly minted adult or an elder. It strikes immediately at the place where stories live and provides a feast of archetypes. "--Kirkus Reviews