By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Charles Vess
Harper Collins, 2009
This is a prayer for a blueberry girl . . .
A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.
Let me go places that we’ve never been, trust and delight in her youth.
Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them.
Give her all these and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.
I have been on a mission the last few months to either read or listen to him read (and sometimes both) everything Neil Gaiman has written. I am very far behind. I am very much enjoying the ride. Since I love both his writing and Charles Vess’s artwork, I knew as soon as I saw the cover of Blueberry Girl that it would be mine in very short order. And once someone had it in stock, it was. The two have created here what will surely be a classic, one that is sure to be cherished for many years in this little family.
What a lucky little girl Tori Amos’s young daughter is. To have such a magician with words as Neil Gaiman create this lovely little prayer, just for her, is astonishing. Thankfully, Neil grew tired of copying it out and decided to share it with all of us. The alchemy of Gaiman and Vess always creates magic and Blueberry Girl is no exception. This “prayer for a blueberry girl” is moving and gorgeous, in words and in pictures. It addresses all ladies; the ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind, and bids us to shield and guide this new infant girl as she grows.
Vess’s full page spreads that accompany Gaiman’s gorgeous verse are reminiscent of Arthur Rackham in their fairy tale quality. Each page features a different girl; short, tall, white, brown, young, old; who runs, skips, jumps or swims through grand adventures and is accompanied by different tableaus of animals and nature. Go here to get a better glimpse. My own daughter loved the look of the book immediately. I expect we’ll be reading this one over and over and over again for quite awhile.
If you need anything more to persuade you to go pick up this lovely little book; part of the proceeds from the “Blueberry Girl” signing will go to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Now if only he’d write a “huckleberry boy” (or some other variation) for the other set, as I’d love to have one for my boy.
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