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The Sleeper and the Spindle

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author 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…

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A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author 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. Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

  • The Sleeper and the Spindle
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Illustrated: Chris Riddell
  • ISBN: 9781408859643
  • Children’s fiction
  • Published by:¬†Allen & Unwin
  • Hardcover

9781408859643

¬†Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work – The Graveyard Book. The L.A. Times has described his multi-million-selling graphic novel series Sandman as ‘the greatest epic in the history of comic books’. Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films, Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio and American Gods is in development as a major HBO series. He has also written two amazing episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself. In 2013 he published his first adult novel for seven years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which received stellar reviews and was a bestseller around the world.

 

Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He won the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Prize for Goth Girl and has won the Nestle Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller The Edge Chronicles.

 

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We are privileged enough to be able to offer this great book to one lucky reviewer.

Our Lucky Reviewer is Melanie

 

One comment

  1. Melanie Peterson

    The Sleeper and the Spindle is a take on the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, but with a few darker and un-pc twists.
    The book is beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell, the pictures have a gothic feel are all black and white with hints of gold, full of detail and are just gorgeous.
    The “prince” in this version of the story is a female and “princess/sleeping beauty” is not the one that needs awakening.
    This was an very unusual book to read, being that it was a large hardcover book with only 69 pages it has the feel of a children’s book but the story itself is definitely not what I feel is suitable for a child. It felt strange reading a young adults genre book that looked like a young child’s story book.
    The story to me seemed very rushed and seemed to jump and miss periods of time, and I did find it was hard to follow at times, especially towards the end when trying to work out who everyone ended up being in relation to the original well known fairy-tale.
    Overall I enjoyed the book, but mostly for the illustrations.
    I give it a 7/10

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