Collaborating with award-winning fantasy illustrator Charles Vess, Gaiman is releasing a gloriously rendered book of his poem, Instructions, later this month. But this animated short promo, narrated by Gaiman, is awesome in and of itself.

The lush plumminess of Gaiman's voice mated with the gorgeousness of Vess' art makes this how-to-survive-a-fairy-tale primer more than a little hypnotic. So much so, I wonder if animation isn't the best medium for it...

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I'm just sayin'.