Thursday, May 20, 2010

Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Charles Vess

 He must surely  be the hottest property in children's literature today? Neil Gaiman I mean.
What would you do if you found yourself in a fairytale? In this stunning picture book he guides you through a fantasy world where anything is possible.

Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never saw before,
say 'please' before you open the latch, go through,
walk down the path...

The reader is invited on a lyrical journey peopled by a cast of mythical characters, with a set of instructions that is both intriguing and reassuring. The advice for travelling through a fairytale landscape might just save you from being eaten by wolves or being lost forever, but it is also a charming metaphor for living courageously and taking risks. The expressive and stylish prose resonates with Gaiman's distinctive voice and will captivate readers of any age.

Illustrated throughout with gorgeous art by Charles Vess, whose work can also be seen in Neil Gaiman's Blueberry Girl and Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu.
Neil Gaiman, author, scriptwriter and creator of graphic novels, is British and lives in the USA. His diverse catalogue of books includes the Teenage Book Prize winning and Carnegie Medal shortlisted novel The Graveyard Book, Stardust (now a major feature film), the bestselling novel for young readers Coraline (now a major 3D animated film), and the picture book The Wolves in the Walls, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

In addition to Blueberry Girl, Charles Vess also collaborated with Neil on Stardust, for which Charles's paintings won the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 1999, and on Neil's acclaimed Sandman comics series.      

PUBLICATION: 31st May 2010
IMPRINT: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
RRP: $29.99

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