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by Neil Gaiman

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.

Download MirrorMask (children's edition) epub
ISBN: 0060821108
ISBN13: 978-0060821104
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Neil Gaiman
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 1, 2005)
ePUB size: 1365 kb
FB2 size: 1609 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 496
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Even though this book is described as the "Children's Edition," it's long narrative and artful layout are sure to hold the attention of readers of all ages. The book has the same artistic quality of the movie and blends illustrated elements and movie stills together to create a unique and intriguing style. The text layout is also very artistic, with typography occasionally increasing in size or wrapping its way around pages.

If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, this book is truly a must-have!
It's one of my favorite books.
If you don't already know, neil is one of the best authors living today that does fantasy for both children and adults. His style is unique, addicting, surprising, and funny. Anything he has written is a 5 star. His best are probably "neverwhere" and "american gods" but he has a lot of books (many turned into movies and more coming) and they are all worth reading!
One of the best stories by Neil Gaiman. FANTASTIC.
Great book.
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.
MirrorMask is an Alice-in-Wonderland-style tale about a girl who works in her family circus and wishes to escape to real life. Instead, she dreams that she becomes part of the elaborate, nonsensical world she has drawn on her walls. There, she find that her life has been taken over by another, and her only way of escape is bared by beautiful and grotesque figures like floating giants, rainbow-winged sphinxes with human faces, and a selfish juggler named Valentine.

In part, it's a coming-of-age story, but sparkling or shadowed by the fantastical, twisted, and lovely incomprehensibility of a dark dream. It is also charming to adults and children alike because it is a picture book, in which the lines of words themselves grow or shrink, twist and entwine with the illustrations, or change colors from light to dark. Simple, unexpected - everything one who loves Neil Gaiman has come to appreciate about his work.
I love Gaiman's works, Corilane was one of my favorite children's books. I had high hopes for Mirrormask, we own the movie, and though it's a bit dark for the younger children, it's still a very creative and visually stunning film.

After reading the book I'm glad that the movie was visually stunning. For some reason the book does not flow, or hold together well. Had I not seen the movie I would be completely lost in attempting to follow this book. The concept of standing on the books to cross the gorge, or the giants locked together, or the darkness and what it is doing - is all lost. Now you can say that it was for the simplicity of making it a children's book - but I don't buy it. The concepts involve possible death, a brain tumor, and an evil girl willing to sacrifice the entire world she lives in to try something new (not our main character - the bad guy).

The book follows a young girl who has grown up in a circus, she want's to live a normal life and gets in a argument with her mother about it. Her mother then collapses and is hospitalized with a brain tumor. Feeling quilty, Helena withdraws into a world of her strange artwork. That night she wakes up to find herself drawn into a world of her own creation - someone has stolen the mirrormask and traded places with her. Now she has to travel through a strange and hostile world ruled by a Queen of Light and a Queen of Darkness, to find the only way home - the stolen mirrormask.

The artwork was good and the concept is great - but to read it without having seen the movie will leave the reader a bit perplexed. If reading to children, go with one of Gaiman's other works before this one.