Instructions (Hardcover)

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By Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
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Neil Gaiman's INSTRUCTIONS is a delightful little fairy tale adventure that parents can enjoy along with their kids! Written in the second person as a set of instructions for a journey to the farthest reaches of an imaginary realm, INSTRUCTIONS also doubles as a list of helpful hints on how to lead a kind, bold and fulfilling life. It's fun and touching in equal amounts, and Charles Vess' wonderful illustrations will capture your heart as well as your imagination! On a personal note, ever since I got my one-year-old son INSTRUCTIONS for Christmas, it's become an indispensable addition to our bedtime story rotation! The perfect read for adventurers of all ages!

— Keaton


"A perfect reminder to always be on the lookout for magic and wonder. Sometimes, we need those two things the most" (, citing "Books That Teach Kids What It Means to Be a Kind Person").

In this breathtaking jacketed picture book, 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.

Praise For…

“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.”

“ 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”

“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. ”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061960307
ISBN-10: 0061960306
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 27th, 2010
Pages: 40
Language: English