Synopses & Reviews
Master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a breathtaking collection of tales for younger readers that may chill or amuse, but that always embrace the unexpected:
- Humpty Dumpty's sister hires a private detective to investigate her brother's death.
- A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls finds himself at a rather unusual party.
- A boy raised in a graveyard makes a discovery, and confronts the much more troubling world of the living.
These eleven stories illuminate the real and the fantastic, and will be welcomed with great joy by Neil Gaiman's many fans as well as by readers coming to his work for the first time.
"A modern master of fantasy....Although all but 'The Witch's Headstone' have appeared elsewhere, this well-chosen collection is sure to create a new generation of Gaiman fans who will not need to understand all the allusions to enjoy the stories." Booklist
"Gaiman is at his best when the ordinary and the extraordinary bump up against each other in unexpected ways....Science fiction and fantasy fans will find much to delight them in this wealth of finely crafted stories." Children's Literature
"Although the stories are creepy, funny, and clever on the page, they are even better when read aloud." School Library Journal
In his first volume of short stories intended for younger readers, a national bestselling author presents 11 breathtaking tales some never before collected that can chill or amuse, but embrace the unexpected and illuminate the real and the fantastic. Illustrations.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children, including the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and Make Good Art, the text of a commencement speech he delivered at Philadelphias University of the Arts.
He is the recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter.
Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.