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Mirrormask (Children's Edition) [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman

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Sept. 15 2005

Helena is about to embark on a most amazing journey.

Raised in a family of circus performers, she's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

MirrorMask is a breathtaking film written by bestselling author Neil Gaiman and brought to life through the vision of acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean. This original novella is Helena's tale in her own voice, written by master storyteller Neil Gaiman and accompanied by original art by Dave McKean and images from the film; it is a stunning and magical journey.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Grade (Sept. 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060821094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060821098
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,441,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6-9–Coraline fans too young for The Sandman series (DC Comics) form the most likely audience for this novella of the film MirrorMask. A fitful dream the night before her mothers surgery takes 15-year-old Helena to a world split into light and darkness. The queen of the White City is ill, and only the stolen MirrorMask can save her and her kingdom. As Helenas quest to find the Charm wears on, she realizes that she might not be dreaming after all. McKeans stark but lively pen-and-ink drawings perfectly reflect the narratives sinister humor. The images from the film, however, are drab and unclear. While entertaining, this scant story is less developed than Gaimans other work and, being a movie tie-in, threatens to join the growing pile of pop-culture ephemera all too soon.–Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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'This book is quite extraordinary. Extraordinary and scary. But also madly inventive and madly funny. It illustrates two things that it is quite crucial to remember for this age group: you are never, ever too old for picture books and that even when you can read quite fluently - which many at the top end of this age range will be able to do - a story shared is a story that doubles in pleasure.' Guardian 'This spectacular book, with its stylish blend of photography, paint, collage and drawing does not look like most children's picture books. It bypasses the cosy, simplified cliches of child appeal, which makes it absolutely intriguing for youngsters. It is atmospheric, sinister, scary and funny This is a book for cool kids who will grow up to be fearless.' Sunday Times one of the most stylish picture books for 5+ a strange, cathartic, visually original book about a scary prediction that comes true, and is also classy and cool.' Sunday Times Books of the Year Gaiman's words and McKean's pictures are a match made in some dark damp inspirational place. With gems like this and 'The Wolves in the Walls' the pair are extending the audience for picture books" Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let them join the circus. I want to join real life." April 9 2006
By Clarissa Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
I personally found the fantastical MIRRORMASK to be an enjoyable read. The story itself wasn't too terribly gripping but I loved the way in which it was written. Neil Gaiman is a master at creating new worlds and painting vivid imagery with his captivating words. But please note that while this is called the "children's edition" I'd have to say it is more like a young adult read. Granted it's a short book with only 80 pages of storytelling intersperced with pictures taken from the movie as well as illustrations from Dave McKean, in a sense it is too grown-up for real young kids to enjoy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An appealing, visually vivid format is presented. Jan. 6 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Helena has been raised in a family of circus performers and dreams of a normal life - until haunting music leads her far from home to a magical world where her real life is stolen. Her only hope is to rescue her new home from a threat - if she can. MirrorMask is a film: Gaiman's story here pairs with artist/director Dave McKean to provide a blend of novella and art, supplemented by images from the film. An appealing, visually vivid format is presented.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "One day you'll be the death of me." "I hope so." Feb. 11 2010
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
When I saw this book and looked through it, I thought one thing.
"Wow - for a "children's edition", this thing really has a lot of words. I think I'll take a peek inside."
The next thing i know, I'm inside the house with my head stuck to a small book, looking through it as if it held something amazing. I've always had this thing for fairytales and, well, mirrormask is a modern day telling of something worthwhile. It has its harrowing portions for the young and it has the funny little portions for the not-to-young, and it has the drawings that one can expect along the way. It really was more than I thought I would EVEr find in a book like this. It had the dark side and the light side and the point to all the sides. Altogether, it was like the movie and yet it was its own thing.

If you do not know mirrormask, it rests in the hands of a young girl. She is part of a circus, her father's pride and joy, and everyone would think she would love it there. Her mothe rloves to point out that kids would love to run off and be part of this world, but all she wants to do is "run off and join Real-life." This provokes her mother, who says "you will be the death of me." And then her mother becomes ill and, truly, it seems like she might be the death of her mother. While her mother is sick, she finds herself pulled into this othe rworld, where the queen there is sick and no one knows why. They only know that light is faltering and darkness is arising. So the girl, consumed by enough darkness, tries to cure this world of its affliction.

The book is a thing that is a child inside, and I like that. I liked the movie, too, but thebook has more of the fairytale feel to it. It is light in places and dark in others, and it teaches a system of notions and emotions to people who perhaps don't know them or need a nice reminder. Me - I enjoy the reminders and I enjoyed this book, liking the characters and the fact that darkness has a lot of the same reasons as light does.
This is uplifting and, at the same time, dark and Gaimanesque.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a test run July 6 2013
By Nemo - Published on Amazon.com
It's been a few weeks since I listened to MirrorMask, and while I enjoyed it, the book felt like it was a testrun for "Coraline," in which the themes are repeated, but fleshed out further.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To scattered for me... Oct. 20 2012
By Abbey - Published on Amazon.com
I "get" the kooky dream-world scenarios. I enjoyed Coraline, but I didn't like Mirrormask. My issue comes with the lack of action. It seems like all the action is so twisted that it makes it unenjoyable. I know this isn't a typical thriller author, but his dream-world action simply got too muddled.
He tried to create a fantastical world in my head... but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was all the other cars distracting me... I listened to the audio while driving down the highway. Usually, audiobooks make my trips faster. This one, however, did not speed up my drive. -SG

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