The Sleeper And The Spindle by Neil GaimanThe Sleeper And The Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper And The Spindle

byNeil Gaiman

Hardcover | September 22, 2015

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In a beautiful collaboration, New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and Kate Greenaway-winning illustrator Chris Riddell have created a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale, "told in a way only Gaiman can" and featuring "stunning metallic artwork" (GeekInsider.com).

The result is a beautiful and coveted edition of The Sleeper and the Spindle that the Guardian calls "a refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story."

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White's (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty's (almost) stories.

This story was originally published (without illustrations) in Rags & Bones (Little, Brown, 2013). This is the first time it is being published as an illustrated, stand-alone edition, and the book is a beautiful work of art.

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
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Title:The Sleeper And The SpindleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.4 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062398245

ISBN - 13:9780062398246

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short & Sweet I knew absolutely nothing about this book when I started it (other than the obvious, that it's a Sleeping Beauty retelling)... and I think that's the way you have to do it. I hadn't seen that one illustration that other reviews mention - or if I had, I'd forgotten it by the time I read the book - so I wasn't expecting LGBTQ+ rep or anything else. The only expectation I had was that it would be weird and great and have beautiful illustrations, because I love both Gaiman and Riddell. And guess what? I was RIGHT. Weird, check; great, check; beautiful illustrations, supercheck. This book was nice and short, but still managed to have fully-formed characters and a mostly-engaging plot (and a great plot twist). I found myself a little confused in parts; I think this is because the book was so short, and there wasn't much room for explanation. In general, though, I really enjoyed the story. It was fun, a quick read, not too emotional*, and an interesting twist on an old story. *a big plus for me lately, since every single book seems to make me cry...
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favorite Books Beautiful, stunning and well-written. A gift that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Illustrations Good story with beautiful illustrations.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely This is a beautiful story with stunning illustrations. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Artwork I stumbled across this today, and was pleasantly surprised. The artwork is lovely - think black and white minimalism with subtle, and elegant gold leaf touches here and there. The story is a fairy-tale retelling with a great tone that gracefully mimics contemporary epic fantasy. There are several twists, gender reversals, and witty commentary about what society often considers "traditional". All in all, this is a great read.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Artwork I stumbled across this read, and was pleasantly surprised. The artwork is lovely - think black and white minimalism with subtle, and elegant gold leaf touches here and there. The story is a fairy-tale retelling with a great tone that gracefully mimics contemporary epic fantasy. There are several twists, gender reversals, and witty commentary about what society often considers "traditional". All in all, this is a great read.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have a new favorite author! amazing book such a new twist to the classic tale
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whimsically refreshing Good twist on a classic fairytale(s)! Love the illustrations
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Visually stunning The perfect illustrations to go with Gaiman's unusual brand of narrative. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath taking Such a beautiful story paired with stunning illustrations. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06

Editorial Reviews

“Unabashedly feminist...So sonically tuned that it breathes on its own from the very first line. Adding to the wonder are Chris Riddell’s dazzling illustrations.”