Blueberry Girl

Blueberry Girl is a book written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. The book came about when Tori Amos who was about to give birth to her daughter Natasha. She asked her friend Neil Gaiman to write a poem as a prayer for his goddaughter to-be.[1] Neil wrote the poem, and kept a copy at his house, taped to a filing cabinet. When Neil’s friends read it, they asked for a copy and he wound up copying it out for people, over and over. He had no plans of publishing it, but when his friend Charles Vess read it, it all came together. They decided to make a donation to RAINN, taking the poem as a starting point, with Vess adding in the paintings.[2][3][4]

The book was published in 2009 by Harper Collins.[5][6]

Just before the book was released, a video was posted on YouTube, which served as an animated trailer. In the video, Neil Gaiman himself read the poem, while Charles Vess’ animated illustrations were shown. Watch the video below.

The book is available online from the following websites:

[1] Sacks, Ethan (March 15, 2009). “‘Blueberry Girl’, Neil Gaiman’s favor for friend Tori Amos, is now a sensation”. Daily News. New York. 

[2] “Neil Gaiman’s Journal: listening to unresolving”

[3] “Neil Gaiman’s Journal: Blueberry Girls”

[4] “News from Green Man Press » Blog Archive » Blueberry Wanderings”

[5] “Neil Gaiman’s Journal: This is a Prayer For A Blueberry Girl…”

[6] “Blueberry Girl, By Neil Gaiman , Illustrated by Charles Vess: HarperCollins Children’s Books”

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