Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

Blueberry Girl

Written by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Charles Vess

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Feisty in its hopes and wishes for a modern baby girl, this is also an enchanting lullaby which is warmly illustrated. The hopes for the baby girl include, “let her have brave days and truth”, “trust and delight in her youth” as well as “Grant her the wisdom to choose her right path, free from unkindness and fear.” Taken together, it is a heart-warming guide to life. A gorgeous book to share with your toddler and for children to be inspired by as they grow in confidence as young readers.


Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. He has turned the deeply personal wish for a daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up. Illustrated throughout with gorgeous art by Charles Vess, whose work can also be seen in Susanna Clarke's The Ladies of Grace Adieu.


'A great baby present'

'It is really a book for mothers and daughters (whatever their ages) as it celebrates the glory of growing up ... very moving'

'Highly unusual picture book, which would make a good gift for new parents'

'The skilful poetic rhythms and phrases of the word pictures, together with the artfully designed pages and the paintings of the renowned Vess, create a charmingly idealised feel-good factor'
The School Librarian

About the Author

Neil Gaiman

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

Gaiman was the creator/writer of monthly cult DC Comics horror-weird series, Sandman, which won nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Norman Mailer said of Sandman: "Along with all else, Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time."

A self-confessed “feral kid who was raised in libraries”, Author of the Month Neil Gaiman, spent much of his childhood devouring the books of J.R.R. Tolkein, Edgar Allan Poe, C.S. Lewis, Michael Morcock and a host of others. Once the biographer of Douglas Adams and Duran Duran, he has achieved cult status in the world of Science Fiction with his award winning, unpatronising writing for young people.

Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his forties and still tends to need a haircut.

See Neil speaking about his new novel, Fortunately, the Milk, a time-travelling adventure for young readers featuring aliens, dinosaurs, volcano gods and a pint of milk that saves the universe!

To download a teachers' guide to the Fortunately, the Milk... - of interest to parents too! - click here!

Author photo © Kimberley Butler

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32 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st March 2010




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