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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 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2010]
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780061960307
Branch Call Number: JP Gaima 9254mv 1
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Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Vess, Charles


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Jul 08, 2017

I LOVE this book! My son and I had to read it and reread it for a week straight!

Aug 24, 2015

I don't understand why this book is such a big deal. I really only got one quote out of it; the rest of the story is strange.

Apr 13, 2015

Wanted to read this to see if it was good enough to add to my book buys for new parents.

Wish this was around 18 years back, it would have been added to my son's favorite books list.

FindingJane Sep 30, 2014

The aptly-titled “Instructions” plays with the typical fairy tale structure. Mr. Gaiman uses very spare prose to remind readers of all the twists and turns that await those who travel on the path or stray from it. This is a book that is and isn’t a story, is whimsical and sober at once, playful and cautionary. The illustrations by the incomparable Charles Vess are a wonderful accompaniment, with surprises and secret details sprinkled here and there throughout the pages. A tree does not merely shelter an old woman but harbors crows above her head and hidden creatures with glowing eyes in its roots. Take heed, travelers, and beware of wolves.

Jul 30, 2014

An excellent book that is the instructions and themes in every story ever told, any fantasy ever held and every RPG ever played. I recommend it to all.

This book, tragically, is probably overlooked in the Neil Gaiman catalogue just because it's a short picture book. Rather than depicting an entire epic narrative, it is instructions (possibly directed at the reader) to be followed before one's own journey. It is certainly a very charming book that awakens the imagination of any reader who has ever wanted to go on an adventure.

Jun 22, 2011

Some of the very best advice I've heard in a long time coming. It's supposedly instructions if you find yourself in a fairy tale. Perhaps it also works if you find yourself in reality.

Jul 29, 2010

Originally a poem by Gaiman, this book is beautifully illustrated with soft colours.

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Aug 24, 2015

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Aug 24, 2015

"Trust dreams, trust your heart, and trust you story."


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