Blueberry Girl started life as a poem in performance, written and read by Neil Gaiman for his friend Tori Amos, on the birth of her daughter.
It eventually gained illustrations by the artist, Charles Vess and ended up on Youtube. Something I blogged about on this post, which has an embedded sequence of the poem at the end of the post.
Blueberry Girl is now available as a hard copy text, in picture book format, alongside the illustrations by Vess, a departure from Gaiman’s favourite picture book collaborator, Dave McKean.
McKean’s work is usually quite dark and has a surreal element which I think would be interesting if aligned with such a joyous and celebratory poem as Blueberry Girl, but not to everyone’s liking, and I can see why the publisher chose to stay with Vess’ more simple, traditional illustrations for this most child friendly of poems.
This is a beautiful book. I bought it for my daughter when she was christened, and it would make a perfect book to gift or share with someone on the arrival of a new baby in the house. It would also make a lovely book to share in school when discussing topics like baptism, celebrations, birthdays or the children’s own birth.
It is suitable for both boys and girls from the age of five to about the age of eight or nine. It would be a lovely present for new parents too.