A few years ago I joined the Twit­ter for one very sim­ple rea­son. I want­ed Neil Gaiman’s tweets to go right to my phone.
Not too long after that I quit the Twit­ter because Neil Gaiman spent a lot of time talk­ing about his True Love, of whom I am incred­i­bly jeal­ous. (And also in love with. *sigh* Aman­da F-ing Palmer.)

<side note, did you know that we ALL still have a chance with the Gaiman/Palmer house­hold? They are in a very solid but Open rela­tion­ship, guys. They have told us this on the inter­net>

This was meant to prove to you that I may have quite an obses­sion with Neil Gaiman. Although in ret­ro­spect the Twit­ter thing prob­a­bly didn’t say that as loud­ly as that side note right there.….

Any­whoo.…

Here are some amaz­ing facts about Neil Gaiman that prove that he is a stel­lar human being, along with some pic­tures of Neil Gaiman so that you can look at his super awe­some face.

true love and fall leaves. awwwww

 

- Neil Gaiman and Aman­da Palmer col­lec­tive­ly wrote a very nice let­ter to their fel­low authors, ask­ing them to pret­ty please sup­port small local book­sellers. Want to read it? It’s here.

that sure is a face.

- Mr. Gaiman’s lat­est endeav­or is a children’s book called “The Sleep­er and the Spindle”, which pret­ty clear­ly is about Sleep­ing Beau­ty. (If you couldn’t fig­ure that out, .…we can help you.) This par­tic­u­lar ver­sion of the sto­ry fea­tures Sleep­ing Beau­ty being awok­en from her sleep by a kiss from Queen Snow White! You know how we were all real­ly excit­ed when we final­ly got to the end of Frozen and True love saved the day?? Yeah. It’s like that. Gosh I’m so warm and fuzzy right now.

He wants you to read books. He doesn’t care which books, just read them!

-When Mr Gaiman was asked to speak by The Read­ing Agen­cy, he gave a very long speech about the impor­tance of sto­ry, books, fic­tion and libraries. You can read it here. But just in case you don’t want to read it all, here is my favorite quote:

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for chil­dren. Every now and again it becomes fash­ion­able among some adults to point at a sub­set of children’s books, a gen­re, per­haps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that chil­dren should be stopped from read­ing.….… It’s tosh. It’s snob­bery and it’s fool­ish­ness. There are no bad authors for chil­dren, that chil­dren like and want to read and seek out, because every child is dif­fer­ent. They can find the sto­ries they need to, and they bring them­selves to sto­ries. A hack­neyed, worn-out idea isn’t hack­neyed and worn out to them. This is the first time the child has encoun­tered it. Do not dis­cour­age chil­dren from read­ing because you feel they are read­ing the wrong thing.” YAY BOOKS!

Seri­ous­ly. Look at his hair.

 

 

-Neil Gaiman has ridicu­lous­ly out of con­trol hair. So he wrote a children’s’ book about it. Crazy Hair. It’s so great. In fact all of his kids books are great. It’s pos­si­ble that this par­tic­u­lar 27 year-old owns all of them .

 

 

 

 

Ahh­hh, right. So the whole point of this is that it’s Neil Gaiman’s Birth­day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOOD SIR!
If you also love Neil Gaiman and want to do some­thing love­ly for his birth­day, I can tell you just what he’d like you to do. Read. A. Book. Any book. Prefer­ably that you picked up from the library of from that lit­tle dusty book­shop down the street. (heyyyyy look at that! We’re a lit­tle book­shop some­times! Although we are NOT dusty. We clean the heck out of this place.) Yeah. That’s all he wants for his birth­day. And you wouldn’t want to dis­ap­point him, would you? His hair might eat you.

He’s writ­ten two Dr. Who episodes, you know. They were both AMAZING.

 

So, what do you think?