The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Book - 2015 | First U.S. edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062398246
Branch Call Number: GAIMA
Characteristics: 66 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris - Illustrator


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bandblair Oct 05, 2016

The illustrations and language are excellent.

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DPLSaraQT Jan 27, 2020

It’s amazing what you can find in the Libby app. For example, this one-hour, full cast, short story audiobook written by Neil Gaiman... twisting not one, but TWO fairy tales together into a delightfully creepy little nugget.

JCLBeckyC May 28, 2019

Before Queen Snow White marries her prince and settles into a properly dull life, she sets off with her dwarf buddies to find Sleeping Beauty and break the sleeping sickness that is attacking the villagers throughout the kingdom. This dark Snow White and #woke Sleeping Beauty mashup is a fun, fast read.

Apr 25, 2019

This is a fantastic interpretation of a well known fairy tale with a few unexpected twists and turns. A solid and fascinating short read. Anyone who enjoys Neil Gaiman and faerie tales will likely enjoy this.

Chapel_Hill_SharonD Feb 21, 2019

I know I should not have been surprised, considering the talent behind "The Sleeper and the Spindle" -- Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell need to introduction from me -- but still I was amazed at the new creation they made of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairytales. From the gorgeously intricate pen and ink illustrations, artfully ornamented with gold, to the subtle changes in personnel, they have created a beautiful new story. And it is as much fun to look at as it is to read.

Jan 10, 2019

5 Stars - I highly recommend if you enjoy fairy tale retellings, fantasy, or are looking for a change of pace.

When the dwarves learn that a sleeping spell is spreading across the kingdoms, and a rumor of a sleeping princess and a witch reach their ears they take the queen to investigate.

I loved this graphic novel. For one thing the art is gorgeous! Every picture is so detailed and stunning in black, white, and gold. The story instantly reminded me of a D&D adventure. Dwarves walk into a tavern, hear about a problem, and set off on a quest to save the kingdom. I liked that it was part quest, part fairy tale retelling, and as always Gaiman's writing is fantastic. Everything is so vividly imagined and described, which really brought the story to life. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking to spice up their reading.

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.

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.

Jun 20, 2018

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

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.

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.

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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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