BLUEBERRY GIRL by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess

March 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm 1 comment

blueberrygirlA kind of new age prayer for a child waiting to be born is aimed more at mother than child. Many of the wishes, concepts and referents are over the heads of children. The dedication suggests it was written for his friend and songwriter Tori Amos who had just learned she was to have a baby girl. That said, its lyrical language and fantasy illustrations could well engage children—especially if mom refrains from over explaining and just lets the sounds and images wash over the child. Nice for parenting collections, too. A lovely book. Picture Book.  Judith Rovenger (WLS)

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  • 1. Michelle Meltzer, YPL Riverfront  |  March 20, 2009 at 3:52 am

    As a long-time fan of Tori Amos, I have a little more insight into this friendship. Charles Vess also illustrated Gaiman’s Stardust, which included a talking tree (left out of the movie) that is based on Tori. Then she wrote a song that includes the line, “but will you find me if Neil makes me a tree?” Another song she wrote says, “if you need me, me and Neil’ll be hanging out with the dream king… Neil says hi, by the way” — the Dream King is a reference to Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series. And there are other connections, some of which are on his wikipedia page.

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