The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2014
ISBN: 9781408868539
1408868539
9780062398260
0062398261
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (66 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris - Illustrator

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A fantasy tale weaving in multiple beloved fairytales.

A fantasy tale weaving in multiple beloved fairytales.

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ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

A great new take on multiple fairy tales for modern times. Beautifully illustrated.


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VPAL7
Sep 20, 2018

I had pretty high expectations for this book because I absolutely love Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell; thankfully they delivered. I was very charmed by the writing and I spent extra time on each page taking in every detail of the illustrations. I really enjoyed the twist because I did not see it coming. I only wish the ending was a little less vague but otherwise it was a fantastic book in every way.

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MissWrittenWord
Aug 26, 2018

I cannot praise Neil Gaiman enough his work always amazes me. But this is also not the typical fairy tale. Forget damsels being saved by men and prepare for something different. The imagery was also beyond gorgeous. I highly recommend this one.

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zpare
Jun 20, 2018

A beautiful twist on a classic fairy tale. The illustrations in the book really made the story.

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Linyarai
May 13, 2018

This was a great combination of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, and I really enjoyed the twist with the queen and the witch.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

A very interesting reimagining of two classic tales: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. It ties together the obvious similarities of the two tales seamlessly and is well done, though the climax is rather short and uneventful. Overall, it was an engaging and intriguing short story that I really enjoyed. The illustrations by Chris Riddell are very well done and integrated with the text very well.

kobrien3 Feb 01, 2018

As a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and fairytales, coming across this book was a dream come true! This dark reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White has some delightful twists, a strong heroine, and absolutely gorgeous illustrations. A quick and engaging read, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fairytales, fantasy, or Neil Gaiman!

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becker
Nov 10, 2017

Neil Gaiman has re-imagined the story of Sleeping Beauty and in true Gaiman style, he has done it beautifully.

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The_Zookeeper
Oct 02, 2017

This was a great twist on a classic tale. The twists that Neil Gaiman weaves into the story really show off his storytelling ability and the pictures that accompany the story are truly wonderful.

JCLChrisK Sep 21, 2017

A wonderfully illustrated fairy tale that is part Sleeping Beauty, part Snow White, and part surprising new twists.

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STMES
Aug 16, 2017

Gaiman interweaves "Snow White" with "Sleeping Beauty" in this illustrated short story. This is a tale about waking up; about choosing a story that continues rather than to disappear into the obscurity of a happily-ever-after. Gaiman's haunting story is well complemented by Riddell's black & white illustrations in this -- not a retelling, but a new fairy tale, grown out of old ones.

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andreareads
Dec 06, 2015

The queen felt something stirring in her heart. She remembered her stepmother, then. Her stepmother had liked to be adored. Learning how to be strong, to feel her own emotions and not another’s, had been hard; but once you learned the trick of it, you did not forget.

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