Instructions by Neil GaimanInstructions by Neil Gaiman


byNeil Gaiman

Hardcover | April 21, 2015

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"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 picture book, now in paper-over-board format, 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.

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:InstructionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 8 × 7.5 × 0.35 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061960322

ISBN - 13:9780061960321


Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUY THIS BOOK I run a home daycare and I give this book to every child when they leave daycare and go to school. I absolutely love this book, with it's fantasy and wonder and life lessons that can be extrapolated into our own world. The illustrations are wonderful and the book is sheer poetry. The only instruction I add to it for my daycare children is" never forget that even when you are grown, there is a red headed woman who will always be there for you and whose door you may always knock upon".
Date published: 2016-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Children's book by Neil Gaiman This is hands down my favorite book we have bought for our boys. It has a really great story. I think it has some really good messages for children as well. The illustrations are fantastic. My boys love it.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful & Charming This book took me completely by surprise. I was expecting something darker, with more of a twist. But Gaiman once again gives us something new and different. On the dust jacket it says it is for 'All Ages', and it really is. It is instructions given as you journey out in life and come back home. It is magical, whimsical, enjoyable and fun. Wonderfully illustrated and written, the words of Gaimen and art of Vess present a single story that complement each other completely.
Date published: 2010-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh the Places You'll Go for Fairy Tale lovers Life instructions for those of us who read fairy tales, with Gaiman's poetics and Vess's wonderful drawings. Excellent.
Date published: 2010-05-21

Editorial Reviews

“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. ”