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Blueberry Girlby Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
Synopses & Reviews
This is a prayer for a blueberry girl...
A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.
Let me go places that we've never been, trust and delight in her youth.
Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them.
Give her all these and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.
"In a magical blessing for unconventional girls, Gaiman (The Graveyard Book) addresses the 'ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind,' asking them to shelter and guide an infant girl as she grows. 'Help her to help herself,/ help her to stand,/ help her to lose and to find./ Teach her we're only as big as our dreams./ Show her that fortune is blind.' Sinuous, rococo lines — the flowing hair, drooping boughs, winding paths that inspired the pre-Raphaelites — spread their tendrils throughout Vess's (The Ladies of Grace Adieu) full-bleed spreads, potent mixtures of the charms of Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish and Cecily Barker's flower fairies. An Art Nouveau — ish font in a blueberry color compounds the sense of fantasy. On each page a different girl — short, tall, white, brown, younger, older — runs or jumps or swims, accompanied by animals meant to guard and protect her. Fans of Gaiman and Vess will pounce on this creation; so too will readers who seek for their daughters affirmation that sidesteps traditional spiritual conventions. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A rich and beautiful prayer for a girl....There is nothing cute or cloying here, just beauty, balance and joy." Kirkus Reviews
Bestselling author Gaiman wrote this story of a much-loved baby who grows into a blessed young woman especially for his friend musician Tori Amos, who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Full color.
A large, loving family in the 1930s Dust Bowl finds a andldquo;tumbleweed babyandrdquo;andmdash;a wild babyandmdash;in the plains near their cozy farm home. The babyandrsquo;s new siblings discover the ways she fits and doesnandrsquo;t fit into the family, ultimately deciding that her wildness makes her one of them. The rhythm and voice of the text make this feel like a classic tall tale, and it pairs perfectly with the dreamy, warm art from master illustrator Charles Vess.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's books Coraline and The Graveyard Book, which won the coveted Newbery Medal; and of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean. He wrote the script for the film MirrorMask and is also the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories for adults, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
Charles Vess is one of the most acclaimed artists in the field of illustration. He is the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist. A critically acclaimed fine artist, he has had numerous gallery showings in this country and abroad. He lives in southwest Virginia.
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