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The Resource Blueberry girl, written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Charles Vess

Blueberry girl, written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Charles Vess

Label
Blueberry girl
Title
Blueberry girl
Statement of responsibility
written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Charles Vess
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Publisher
Typographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Rhyming text expresses a prayer for a girl to be protected from such dangers as nightmares at age three or false friends at fifteen, and to be granted clearness of sight and other favors
Writing style
Illustration
Award
Goodreads Choice Award, 2009.
Review
  • PreS Up— Gaiman and Vess worked together on Stardust (HarperCollins, 2000), the award-winning fantasy that became a film in 2007. One can count on them for a fresh approach to the conventions of a genre. This New Age "prayer" for a yet-to-be-born child is no exception, although the combination of a picture-book format with concepts that require adult understanding may cause confusion or boredom in youngsters ("Keep her from…./Nightmares at three or bad husbands at thirty,/…. Dull days at forty, false friends at fifteen-"). Visually, the book also struggles with a split personality. One scene, in which animals peer at a girl in jeans and dreadlocks, is rendered in watercolor, defined by clean outlines, for a contemporary, realistic look. Another view of naked babies sleeping in flower petals is created with a hazy focus, calling to mind Jessie Willcox Smith or Elsa Beskow's Peter in Blueberry Land (Floris, 1988). The dedication indicates that this poem was written for a pregnant friend; it seeks to ward off all sorts of fairy-tale trouble: "Ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind…. Keep her from spindles and sleeps at sixteen/Let her stay waking and wise." The "ladies" are draped in clouds and cloaks, sunsets and rainbows. The racial characteristics, hair color, and age of the girl change from page to page, presumably for an "everygirl" effect. This may resonate with people purchasing baby presents, as Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Random, 1990) strikes a chord at graduation. The card, however, should read "Mother."—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library --Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed January 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 1, p74)
  • In a magical blessing for unconventional girls, Gaiman (The Graveyard Book ) addresses the “ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind,” asking them to shelter and guide an infant girl as she grows. “Help her to help herself,/ help her to stand,/ help her to lose and to find./ Teach her we're only as big as our dreams./ Show her that fortune is blind.” Sinuous, rococo lines—the flowing hair, drooping boughs, winding paths that inspired the pre-Raphaelites—spread their tendrils throughout Vess's (The Ladies of Grace Adieu ) full-bleed spreads, potent mixtures of the charms of Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish and Cecily Barker's flower fairies. An Art Nouveau–ish font in a blueberry color compounds the sense of fantasy. On each page a different girl—short, tall, white, brown, younger, older—runs or jumps or swims, accompanied by animals meant to guard and protect her. Fans of Gaiman and Vess will pounce on this creation; so too will readers who seek for their daughters affirmation that sidesteps traditional spiritual conventions. All ages. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 50, p52)
  • A rich and beautiful prayer for a girl. "Ladies of light and ladies of darkness and ladies of never-you-mind, / This is a prayer for a blueberry girl." Three women in flowing robes—the appropriately mythological Maiden, Mother and Crone—float in the sky over a small, dancing child trailed by numerous birds of the air. Free her from "nightmares at three or bad husbands at thirty," let her run and dance and grow, teach her and help her find her own truth. The verse is lovely, sinuous and sweetly rhyming, piling on blessings. Vess's precise line-and-color illustrations fill each spread with velvet colors and the iconography of myths and fairy tales, a good match to fantasist Gaiman's words. Plants, animals, sun and meadow appear in elegantly drawn detail, their realism tempered by floating trees and magical flowers. The girl transforms from stanza to stanza and spread to spread, blond or burnished, child or nearly teen. There is nothing cute or cloying here, just beauty, balance and joy. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
314181
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaiman, Neil
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
All ages
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Vess, Charles
  • HarperCollins (Firm)
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prayer
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Girls
  • Nightmares
  • Friendship
  • Girls
  • Prayer
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Friendship
  • Girls
  • Nightmares
  • Prayer
  • Stories in rhyme
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Blueberry girl, written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Charles Vess
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Manufactured in China ; Typography by Charlie Vess"--Col
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
729897
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060838089
Lccn
2006100441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060838089
  • (OCoLC)80456920
Label
Blueberry girl, written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Charles Vess
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Manufactured in China ; Typography by Charlie Vess"--Col
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
729897
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060838089
Lccn
2006100441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060838089
  • (OCoLC)80456920

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