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review 2018-03-02 16:32
Het woud is gevaarlijk
Ver voorbij het Diepe Woud (De Klif-Kronieken #1) - Paul Stewart,Chris Riddell,Jan Vangansbeke

Er gebeuren zo veel vreselijke dingen met de arme Twijg in dit boek. Eigenlijk, is het boek slechts een lijst van nare voorvallen dat met hem gebeuren in het diepe woud, nadat het pad verlaat en verdwaalt in het bos. Het tweede boek is beter, en heeft een interessanter verhaallijn met meer personages.


Maar nog steeds, vond ik dit eerste book in De Klif-Kronieken spannend met een meeslepend verhaal. Het was so fantasierijk - de woud-wezens, de monsters, de gedrochten. Zelfs de bomen en planten waren gevaarlijk en kleurrijk. En de zwart-wit tekeningen in de boek - zo mooi en gedetailleerd. Met deze uitstekende tekeningen komen de wezens en planten levensecht over.

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review 2017-10-05 15:23
Illustration Children book Goth Girl
Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright - Chris Riddell

Ada Goth is living in a mansion and member of the Attic Club.


There is going to be a dog show in her house.


Then there is a mysterious sound at night that she needs to investigate.


In the middle are funny details of many different characters named after real writers. 


Kind of fun. Probably is for children who could laugh at things like that. 


Still a good read. And the illustration is great. 


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Reading this for Gothic square. 


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review 2017-07-09 00:00
The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell I realized while reading the book that I had already read it before - probably as a short story somewhere - and I remembered it quite differently. I enjoyed it, especially the art, though I found the ending a bit lacking, especially compared to what I thought it would be.
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review 2016-12-13 13:32
#CBR8 Book 118: Fortunately, the Milk... by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Fortunately, the Milk . . . - Neil Gaiman

While Mum is away on business, it's up to Dad to make sure that his son and daughter have everything they need. Like milk for their cereal. Dad goes to the shops, but is gone for really rather a long time. When he returns, he explains to his children why he was gone for so long. It's a story of adventure, danger, space aliens, time travel, vampires, angry South American gods, pirates and the amazing Professor Steg. The entire thing is beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell throughout. 


I got this book back in spring of 2014, when Neil Gaiman was on a short visit to Oslo to talk about his work with refugees. He also did a very engaging reading from this book, which had just been translated into Norwegian. This was when my friend Ida was still pregnant with her first child (she's currently expecting her second). I mention this because my friend's baby bump was the reason we didn't have to queue for hours to get to meet Mr. Gaiman and get our books signed. As we were about to find our place in the long, long line, a nice lady came over and asked if we wanted to be fast-tracked, so to speak. I got this book, and my copy of The Kindly Ones signed.


Obviously this is a children's book, for slightly older children, who enjoy being read out loud to or who can read the book themselves. There's just enough silliness and adventure to keep a child interested throughout. I read it during the October Read-a-thon and it was a quick and entertaining read, a sort of palate cleanser between longer books. Not exactly as deep or as brilliant as some of Gaiman's other books, but a nice book nonetheless. 


Judging a book by its cover: The version I have is illustrated by the brilliant Chris Riddell, who has also done illustrations for the UK versions of Coraline and The Graveyard Book. I really like his art and there is certainly a lot happening on this very colourful cover. I think it's quite obvious that this is a children's book, and a rather eventful one at that. There's Professor Steg and the Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier. There's the Dad and his precious carton of milk. What you can't see in the picture is that the orange and gold on the cover is actually in metallics, so very shiny and extra psychedelic. It's a great cover.


Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-118-fortunately-milk-by-neil.html
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review 2016-10-29 00:00
The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell I finally got to read this and I loved it! I haven't read much of Neil Gaiman's stuff, but I don't think I've encountered anything I haven't really enjoyed, and this one was no exception. I didn't actually know much about it before I started (like the fact that it's illustrated omg!), but I knew that it was a retelling, and I assumed it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (which was correct).

I don't want to say a lot about it, so I don't spoil anything, but it was a very quick read with beautiful illustrations and a great twist on the tale. I think it took me less than an hour to read this and I didn't see the twist coming. I probably should have, but it surprised me...in a good way.
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