Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has written numerous books for kids, teens and adults – many of which have skyrocketed in popularity and even hit the big screen as Hollywood blockbusters. These weird and wonderful Neil Gaiman books are bound to be a success with your kids as they are creative beyond belief!
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Carnegie and Newbery Medal award-winning author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.
Gaiman’s first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, was published in May 1997. Since then he has written numerous popular children’s books, including Coraline, which was a New York Times and international bestseller and an enormous critical success later turned into a hit animated movie, and the magical story Stardust, which was similarly turned into an all-star movie.
From picture books to stories for tweens and teens, Neil Gaiman’s wit and wonder will intrigue young readers.
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Neil Gaiman Books for Kids
1. Chu’s Day
Even the youngest fans can enjoy Neil Gaiman’s books as they discover the adorable tale Chu’s Day.
Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze. When Chu sneezes, bad things happen. But as Chu and his parents visit the library, the diner, and the circus, will anyone hear Chu when he starts to feel a familiar tickle in his nose?
2. Blueberry Girl
Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl, turning the deeply personal wish for a daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up.
Illustrated with gorgeous art by Charles Vess, whose work can also be seen in Susanna Clarke’s The Ladies of Grace Adieu.
3. Fortunately, The Milk…
Fortunately, The Milk features Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, a disorganised dad, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk…
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Coraline is one of Neil Gaiman’s most famous books, particularly after it was made into a popular animated movie in 2009 starring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane and more.
There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.
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5. The Wolves in the Walls
The Wolves in the Walls is a brilliant, witty and inventive picture book with cutting-edge art, which is sure to be a hit with existing fans of Neil Gaiman as well as young readers.
When Lucy hears noises from behind the wall she tries to warn her parents that there are wolves banging about. But her parents don’t listen. When the wolves finally take over the house, and Lucy and her family are evicted to live in the garden, her parents realise perhaps they should have listened.
But Lucy is no shrinking violet and pretty soon she has the wolves out and the family back in the house. So what was that noise Lucy heard coming from behind the wall?
In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak.
People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk.
7. Crazy Hair
Crazy Hair is a fantastically fun tale from the author-illustrator duo behind The Wolves in the Walls.
In Crazy Hair, Bonnie makes a friend who has hair so wild there’s even a jungle inside of it! Bonnie ventures through the crazy hair, but she may need more than a comb to tame her friend’s insane mane.
8. The Dangerous Alphabet
The Dangerous Alphabet is an alphabet book with a story about two children and their pet gazelle who head off, treasure map in hand, on an underground journey into a place where monsters and pirates roam. Will they find the treasure? Will they get out alive? Will the alphabet ever be the same again?
In Instructions, Neil Gaiman’s lyrical poem guides a novice traveler through the enchanted woods of a fairy tale – through lush gardens, a formidable castle, and over a perilous river – to find the way home again.
Illustrated by Charles Vess, Instructions features lush images of mythical creatures, magical landscapes, and canny princesses. Its message of the value of courage, wit, and wisdom makes it a perfect gift.
10. M is for Magic
M is for Magic is a collection of wonderful stories, which range between fantasy, humour, science fiction and a sprinkling of horror.
Be prepared to laugh at the detective story about Humpty Dumpty’s demise, spooked by the sinister jack-in-the-box who haunts the lives of the children who own it, and intrigued by the boy who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard in this collection of bite-sized narrative pleasures.
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11. Odd and the Frost Giants
With Neil Gaiman’s typical wit and style, Odd and the Frost Giants transcends the everyday and becomes a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.
Odd’s luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change.
The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they’re actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods?
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12. The Graveyard Book
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.
The Graveyard Book is a stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?
13. The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle is a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.
Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Stardust is an enchanting and enthralling tale that will delight fans of Terry Pratchett and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as those who loved the feature film starring Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett and Michelle Pfeiffer among others.
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall – named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond all imagining.
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Neverwhere is an extraordinary modern classic about a world lying under the streets of London that most people could never dream of.
When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. There’s a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights aplenty.
Which Neil Gaiman books have your children enjoyed? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!