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Trust Dreams.
Trust your heart,
and trust your story.

A renowned storyteller whose words have transported readers to magical realms and an acclaimed illustrator of lushly imagined fairy-tale landscapes guide a traveler safely through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar . . .

. . . and home again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061960321
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 84,097
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Charles Vess's work has graced the pages of numerous publications and has been exhibited internationally. Some of his other books include Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman, a circle of cats and Seven Wild Sisters with Charles de Lint, a new edition of Peter Pan, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu with Susanna Clarke. His awards include a Mythopoeic, Ink Pot, two Chesley, two World Fantasy, and two Eisner awards.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Instructions 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Bright_Raven More than 1 year ago
This book maybe intened for children but the wisdom contained is for people of all ages. Those, like myself, old enough to understand and rememeber the Fairy Tales referenced, and those who have yet to hear the tales. Here is hopping that those Fairy Tales will be shared with the young ones, so that they may know the wonder, joy, and magic I did upon hearing them. Mr. Vess's illustrations remind me of the Fairy Tale books I was lucky enough to grow up with, the images will last a lifetime in memory and the stories they evoke will echo for years to come.
kit10cm More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. Everything he writes is fascinating! "Instructions" is no different. I bought this book to read to my daughter. Reading it draws me back to my childhood where I would go on adventures. I wish I'd had this book then. Open a child's imagination, and help them return home safe, with this book.
NSZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pretty poem complemented by the excellent work of Charles Vess. However being just a short poem I have a hard time understanding why the list price is $15. For me it works very well in the same vein as "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and is an excellent gift for a graduating Gaiman fan, granted you get it on Amazon for less than $10.
babsji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I like this book more for it's whimsy, or because I was fortunate enough to hear him read it at The Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa. And Charles Vess's fantastical illustrations fits in perfectly with the fairytale theme.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a short, adorable instruction manual to the fantasy world. Someone returned it to the library and I snapped it up, based on the cover alone. It's sort of a reader beware kind of book, but aimed at kids. It's a great introduction to the fantasy genre and will hopefully have kids looking for more fantasy as they get older.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very spare book, but inspiring. How to live your life by following what you've learned by reading fantasy---fairy tales and legends. Be kind to everyone, no matter how strange; trust, but do not be too trusting. Realize that what seems desirable from a distance may not be.There are references to many stories, including answers to riddles and questions without the original context, and pictures of famous characters. The River Styx and the tower from the Arthurian legends make guest appearances along with many fairy tale creatures.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a slim volume, so I will keep my thoughts brief.Neil Gaiman¿s poem ¿Instructions¿ has been appearing in various anthologies and short story collections for going on ten years now. I¿m not always the greatest fan of this fantasist¿s writings—Stardust produced mixed feelings in me, and I was downright repulsed by a couple of his short stories—but this is a charming piece, informing the reader what he must do if he stumbles into a fairy tale. (¿It¿s always best to be prepared for these things, after all,¿ Gaiman wrote in his author¿s note for one anthology.) The prose is somehow both plaintive and witty, and the author manages to make something original out of the patchwork of folklore, myth, and legend he¿s brought together. In short, ¿Instructions¿ reminds me of all the reasons I admire and respect Neil Gaiman, and contains none of the elements that sometimes disturb me.I¿m not sure I find the picture book format the best mode of presentation for this selection—there¿s just something about letting the words speak for themselves—but I¿m grateful that this latest publication is bringing ¿Instructions¿ more attention. And Charles Vess¿ illustrations are delightful in themselves. Recommended.
EustaciaTan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't normally understand poetry, unless I've studied it for a long time, such as Robert Frost or Wilfred Owen (I'm sorry Mr Soyinka, I still don't understand Background and Friezes). But Instructions? I understood it perfectly. I love the references to the different fairy tales, and how Neil Gaiman interweaves them together to form a coherent narrative. This short book is well worth the expensive price I paid for it (well, when you think of the price to pages ratio). The illustrations by Charles Vess is so suited for it, and reminds me of why I will not buy Stardust until I find the version that he illustrated. The pictures enhanced the content, and makes it easier for everyone, especially young children to enjoy this book. I think this is an excellent book to encourage a friend, or as a present, or to just keep for yourself. The instructions lend themselves to so many situations and are very encouraging, especially during difficulties.
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me_chelle54 More than 1 year ago
Open the book, walk through the page, and never look back....that is how I felt when beginning this book. Mr. Gaiman has exquisitely taken us on a journey to safely pass through a fairytale. Mr. Vess (illustrator) has manifested this world for us to journey through as the pages flip past us. Before we know it, we are safely home...or safely making a home....or safely resting..... I love this book....Fairy tales sparked my love for literature when I was very young. Left with the tattered page books that were hand-me-downs from my older siblings, my imagination was the only thing to take me on my travels. In the finely crafted picture book by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess the "fairy tale world" is brought to life and made for us to enjoy as never before. For young and old alike this title is perfect for storytimes for groups of children or for a cozy storytime between parent and child. I recommend this title to book lovers everywhere. Follow me on my blog for more reviews:
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