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Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook

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Award-winning writer and artist Jill Thompson returns to these kid-friendly versions of the characters from the bestselling SANDMAN series. Upset that her sister Despair is unhappy, Delirium throws her a party and invites her Endless siblings. Each sibling brings a gift that’s unique to his/her/its realm in an effort to cheer up Despair. But what could possibly cheer up the anthropomorphic representation of hopelessness?

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Overview

Award-winning writer and artist Jill Thompson returns to these kid-friendly versions of the characters from the bestselling SANDMAN series. Upset that her sister Despair is unhappy, Delirium throws her a party and invites her Endless siblings. Each sibling brings a gift that’s unique to his/her/its realm in an effort to cheer up Despair. But what could possibly cheer up the anthropomorphic representation of hopelessness?

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Publishers Weekly
The Endless—six quasi-mythological figures created by Neil Gaiman in the pages of the Sandman comics—return in their child-size versions in this whimsical tale of sibling dynamics by acclaimed artist Thompson (Scary Godmother). Delirium, accompanied by her loyal dog Barnabas, is hell-bent on throwing her dour sister, Despair, the most wonderful birthday party ever. The little girl stays true to her name, and Thompson's illustrations capture the manic energy Delirium pours into party planning. When the rest of the family arrives—brothers Destiny, Dream, Destruction and sisters Despair, Death, and Desire—Delirium promises a party they won't soon forgot. But nothing cracks Despair's grim facade (even presents) or move her to utter anything other than "..." It isn't until Delirium puts aside her own assumptions about what makes the perfect party and sees the event through her sister's eyes that she realizes what's missing. Thompson's watercolors bring this eccentric family to life, from the frenetic Technicolor whirlwind of Delirium doing everything in her power to coax a smile out of her sister to her cloaked and hooded siblings presenting Despair with increasingly elaborate birthday presents. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Delirium, the youngest of the seven Endlesses, throws a party for her sister Despair after realizing that she has never smiled. The story is a spin-off from a "mature readers" comic book illustrated in semi-chibi style featuring a naked, depressed, obese character. The main character is the personification of addlepated whimsy, and the pages are filled with appropriately imaginative fancies and absurdities. The characters, despite their childish reductions, hew recognizably to their established grown-up personae. And the predominant narrative voice is one that chimes with the cheerful ease of a read-aloud. But the ultimate message is that some people are only happy when other people are unhappy. This is certainly character-appropriate, but one must question the audience. It seems clear that Vertigo thinks of the book as something that will appeal to both veteran readers of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" as well as their nerd-indoctrinated offspring, but, despite Thompson's excellent craftsmanship and well-honed tone, this enjoyable and clever story is more likely to inspire giggles than raise disturbing questions. It may be too insular to be truly accessible, and is likely more of a lark for adults.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Gr 6 Up—Delirium, the youngest of the seven Endlesses, throws a party for her sister Despair after realizing that she has never smiled. The story is a spin-off from a "mature readers" comic book illustrated in semi-chibi style featuring a naked, depressed, obese character. The main character is the personification of addlepated whimsy, and the pages are filled with appropriately imaginative fancies and absurdities. The characters, despite their childish reductions, hew recognizably to their established grown-up personae. And the predominant narrative voice is one that chimes with the cheerful ease of a read-aloud. But the ultimate message is that some people are only happy when other people are unhappy. This is certainly character-appropriate, but one must question the audience. It seems clear that Vertigo thinks of the book as something that will appeal to both veteran readers of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" as well as their nerd-indoctrinated offspring, but, despite Thompson's excellent craftsmanship and well-honed tone, this enjoyable and clever story is more likely to inspire giggles than raise disturbing questions. It may be too insular to be truly accessible, and is likely more of a lark for adults.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401224776
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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