Spellbindingly illustrated -- Gaby Wood, Saturday Telegraph Suffused with joy and melancholy and underpinned by the knowledge of where it comes from and where it wants to go . It is absolutely a retelling for our age, but also for ages still to come -- Lucy Mangan, The Guardian Magical, sumptuous, transporting, The Big Issue Unforgettable, unpredictable and utterly enchanting for anyone between the ages of seven and seventy -- Amanda Craig, The New Statesman Will hold the reader spellbound from start to finish, The Guardian A richly nuanced tale with a contemporary slant that will fire your imagination - and haunt your dreams, Times Educational Supplement. 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; American Gods and Good Omens have been adapted into major TV 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. gaimanbooks.co.uk / @neilhimself For more on Neil Gaiman and his award-winning children's books, visit www.gaimanbooks.com Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller the Edge Chronicles.. *WINNER OF THE 2016 KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL* Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell are both at the height of their powers as they weave together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic. Utterly enchanting, this glorious new edition is a volume to treasure - a larger format, packaged in a bespoke slipcase containing a beautiful print of a stunning illustration from the book. 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.
Precioso Como todas los escritos de Neil Gaiman es una maravilla. Aparte las ilustraciones y el montaje del libro lo hacen único. Un pequeño tesoro.
It got great reviews as an alternative fairy tale and I'm a ... Haven't read this all the way through to my daughter yet. It got great reviews as an alternative fairy tale and I'm a massive fan of Neil Gaiman but it's a bit creepy and I don't want to scare my child before bed! I love the book and the spin on the traditional tale. It helps to know the stories its talking about though which has been another problem for my daughter. As beautiful as the illustrations are, she also finds them a bit scary so this is a book for her when she's that bit older. Buy it though because every girl needs to know she doesn't need a prince to save her!
and I think this might be my favourite of them all so far I've made my way through a small portion of Neil Gaiman's books now, and I think this might be my favourite of them all so far. My love of Fairy Tales (especially when they have a slightly creepy twist to them) obviously contributes to that, but I think most of all it was in this book that I really found myself unable to draw my eyes from Gaiman's writing. He has a serious knack for re-tellings with a twist. I was completely engrossed from start to finish! What's more, his unique take on the stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were a joy to read, and I was really taken aback by the surprise twist at the end. It's a really good one! The characters were memorable, I loved the idea that Snow White wanted more than just her 'happily ever after' and really enjoyed reading from her perspective (for the most part). The only thing that lost this one half a star was the fact that it was a mere 70 pages long! Yes, I know it was a book aimed at children, but I would have loved this one to be turned into a three hundred page, padded out adventure! Still, this is a wonderful story and Chris Riddell's illustrations were absolutely divine and really helped to enliven the imagination.
Such a gorgeous book and story! This is a brilliant book. A wonderful retelling of a well-known fairy-tale but with a twist or three along the way. The illustrations are sumptuously drawn and almost tempt the reader to colour them in because they look as though they are from a mindfulness colouring book. The only real low point about this book is getting to the end of it. I read it on a journey to see my Dad the afternoon after it arrived and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the illustrations. If you're a Neil Gaiman fan (which I am anyway) I think you'll love this story, but this isn't essential to enjoy the story. It's just a shame it's such a short one. However, I can't recommend it highly enough. You can't tell from looking at the book in the illustration here, but the image of the girl on the front? It's on the book jacket itself and on the back there's a skull. The dust jacket itself is a little like thick tracing paper so it gives the images on the book itself a little of a dream-like quality, which is very fitting for this story. I found that you can make the picture on the back appear and disappear, depending on how close the dust-jacket is to it (but that soon gets a bit boring).
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell are like the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp of the literary ... Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell are like the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp of the literary world. Everything they produce is wonderfully weird and a tad creepy, and The Sleeper and the Spindle is no different. Now I'll admit the main reason I picked this up is that stunning cover, which the picture above does no real justice. Seriously if you find this book in your local bookstore just pick it up and try not to buy it. I dare you. Gaiman's prose is lovely and peculiar, and accompanied by Riddell's illustrations the entire story comes to life; reading this was like going back to my childhood and reading the fairy tales I read then, each one beautifully illustrated with stunning princesses and ghastly crones. The plot itself I loved. I don't think it spoils anything if I say the main protagonist of this tale is Snow White, and it was great to see a Snow White who'd already defeated her stepmother, a Snow White who was already Queen and whose people were in need of her help. Having said that, I guessed what was coming at the end which is the main reason I didn't give this story a full 5 stars. I was hoping to be completely surprised as so many other readers had mentioned the big twist at the end, but it wasn't quite twisty enough. I still thoroughly enjoyed the read, though. If you're a lover of fairy tales then this is a must read for you, and even though the story is included in Gaiman's latest short story collection, Trigger Warning, I highly recommend getting your hands on this gorgeous illustrated edition. If you're looking for an LGBT* fairy tale, however, you will be disappointed. I've seen quite a few people describing this as an LGBT* retelling and it's really not, so if that's the main reason you want to check this story out I'm afraid it won't meet your expectations. But as I said this is a beautiful story, and I'm so glad to have this beautiful book on my shelf.
Fairy-tale mash-up bon-bon Firstly - a word of warning. Do NOT get this as an ebook. As Chris Riddell's illustrations are 50% of the delight of this, you will rue the day if you do eread. (I did, and I do) And secondly, this is not really for children - at least not young ones, its too sophisticated and unsettling. Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and The Spindle, is a kind of mash-up hybrid of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves (except that austerity has obviously hit fairy-land too, as we are down to only 3) and The Sleeping Beauty - though there are sly little nods to several other fairy tales which creep in as well - it's a bit like `spot the fairy celebrity!' and I won't reveal them because it would spoil a reader's enjoyment and `aha'! moments Part of the delight of an earlier Gaiman novel, The Graveyard Book (which I have in paper version) was Riddell's illustrations, so I was expecting good things with this one. Sometimes illustrations fare reasonably well in the ereader format, but this is not the case here, as Riddell's style is so full of fine details, which can't really be seen properly, as if you try to zoom in, to get detail, you then lose the whole. This story (it is a mere 72 pages long, with several pages of illustrations) though full of some lovely little twists and spooky strangenesses, not to mention redundancies of princes, who needs them! - is a moderately long short story, a mere mouthful of a read. It seems overpriced on eReader, purely because those lovely illustrations, black, white, gold, which you can see on the Look Inside, don't translate into the dedicated eRead format The story on its own is probably a little slight; unillustrated, I'd probably have felt a little cheated and wished that Gaiman had published several different shortish fairy tale mash-ups in one volume. 1 star for eReader version : however, if I HAD got it in the proper format, 3 ½ so I have rounded up to 4
A Clever Fairytale Mashup I don't really know what to say. My initial rating was four stars, but knowing this is Neil Gaiman, five stars it is. I'll be musing over this story awhile, and that rates five stars. What I do know is this: don't go into any Gaiman book with expectations (I didn't in this case, but he still surprised me) because whatever they are, he WILL defy them. A clever mashup of Sleeping Beauty and another fairytale I won't mention (spoilers, you see...), with excellent illustrations from Chris Riddell. A very, very good book.
Finally a fairy tale without the steriotypes The book arrived on time and was in excellent condition. A rather grim tale of a queen who calls off her wedding and travels to another kingdom to wake a princess from an enchanted sleep, which is spreading like a plague. This is a fairy tale retelling of a combination of sleeping beauty and snow white. I read this book cover to cover in less than a week and absolutely loved it. Neil Gaiman's stories are cleverly plotted with plenty of unexpected twists and there’s something about his writing style that’s very unique and enjoyable. Gaiman said in an interview that he doesn’t “have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men” and that really shows in this story. The main character is a strong female who knows her own mind and doesn’t let anything hold her back from her goals. Disney take notes, us girls don’t need men to rescue them from anything. This book is beautifully illustrated with detailed hand draw pictures that almost tell the story on their own.
Sleeping Beauty retold It’s a relatively short (72 pages on my Kindle) retelling of the classical fairy tale; every other page cleverly illustrated by pen and ink drawings that, as with all good fairy tales, will frighten young children. The two kingdoms are separated by an impassable mountain range except, that is, for the three dwarfs who know the dark paths beneath the mountains. One kingdom is ruled by a benevolent Queen, the other plagued by a magical sleep that, as expected, traces back to an annoyed witch who, many years ago wasn’t invited to a christening ceremony. In this version of the fairy tale the magical sleep is slowly extending outside the castle (it’s encircled, of course, by rose bushes sporting extremely dangerous thorns) and is progressively putting everyone to sleep. The annoyed and extremely evil witch – now very old – is still in residence and highly protective of the sleeping Princess; the traditional spindle is now a bit dusty and the sleeping young lady can only be woken (of course) by a kiss. Since there’s a reasonable chance that the magical sleep will extend to the Queen’s own kingdom she, and her dwarf companions, decide to sort things out, once and for all. The tunnels under the mountain help and, with a bit of lateral thinking, those nasty roses are easily disposed of. We’re missing the handsome Prince and, when the Princess wakes, there’s a final twist (good versus evil, ruling the world, redemption and a slight change in plan) to the story. It's different and quite clever – but the ending?
I love that the Queen is proactive A very enjoyable take on what happens once the fairytale is over. A young queen – a not quite Snow White – goes on an adventure to save her kingdom. A sleeping curse is spreading throughout a neighbouring realm and only a thin line of mountains exists to keep her people safe. The day before her planned wedding the Queen dons her armour and sets off on an adventure. I love that the Queen is proactive, that she goes out to fight the problem. It’s great to see a fairytale character with some existing outside of the mechanism of the traditional plot. If there’s one thing that Gaiman never is, it’s conventional. The writing is as strange and lovely as ever and is definitely complemented by the images. The illustrations in this slim volume are breath-taking and remind me why Riddell’s illustration in The Edge Chronicles had such a profound effect on me as a child. The colour scheme is incredibly effective; black and white with slight metallic hints of gold that seem to jump off the page. The pages of text are smoothly interspersed with integrated images and amazing double page spreads. I know some people thought that this would be an LBQT fairytale (largely due to a beautifully illustrated panel of Ridell’s), but I don’t think it is really. Sexuality doesn’t really come into it. It’s more about learning to save yourself and making your choice about when you are ready for the adventure to end. I suppose the only reason this isn’t quite 5 stars is that I had a niggling feeling about the twist, so it wasn’t too much of a shock and I wished the story was just a little longer.
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