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Edition: eBook, 72 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble*
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Rating: 4/5 Stars
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 is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty for those who love woman that save themselves and are not afraid to take on challenges.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one to begin with, but as soon as it became apparent that this was going to read exactly like a old fairy tale I fell in love. It has that style that one gets from oral tradition stories, where this is just enough detail to pull you in but not bog you down. The fact that it also pulls in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and puts them at the forfront is perfection, because Snow White really gets the short end with her own fairy tale. Cleaning, attempted murder, and sleeping until a guy wakes her up…so the fact that she’s going to go free Sleeping Beauty from the same fate is just awesome.
Add the awesome story to Chris Riddell’s illustrations and you have a unique little story that stands out. I love Riddell’s work. I read a series of middle grade books that he illustrated and immediately wished his work would be in more books. There is so much beauty in the details.
If you’re looking for a super short fairy tale retelling then definitely grab this one. It’s perfect for the retelling lover, and it has that charm that Gaiman is known for.