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Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook h/c

Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook h/c

Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook h/c back

Jill Thompson


Page 45 Review by Stephen

A watercolour wonder as exuberant as Delirium herself!

From the artist on BEASTS OF BURDEN and the creator of MAGIC TRIXIE, SCARY GODMOTHER etc, this sees the return of the diminutive versions of The Endless from the mythological majesty that is Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN: Dream, Death, Destiny, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium written and painted as children.

While settling down to bed one night with her pet pooch, Barnabas, Delirium is struck by the revelation that she has never seen one of her sisters smile: not Death, for she is always such kind and considerate company; nor Desire who smiles perhaps too much of the time and in very odd ways; but Despair! She has never seen Despair smile!

A poster child for Attention Deficit Disorder, once Delirium gets a bee in her bonnet she cannot stop buzzing and, undaunted by the pretty tall order, pulls out all the stops to plan and host a dazzling party for all her siblings to bring joy to heart of her sorrowful sister.

Delirium, as her name suggests, is totally crazy and you have to see the half-baked cake to believe it! Decorated in a flurry of whims with books and boats, garden plants and a doll's house sticking out the side, I have no idea what flavours it might be. I really don't think that's sponge. Jill's attention to detail throughout is staggering. Delirium's get-up changes on every single page and I loved idea of representing Barnabas' wish list of favourite things as paintings pinned to a cork board.

There's even an art lesson in the back - a very useful art lesson if you enjoy using watercolours - and as the title suggests this is suitable for all ages, though I guarantee that 95% of the copies sold will be to adults, for adults.
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