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review 2018-10-01 18:46
Retelling of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

Not much to say besides how much I adored this one. It's fairly short, about 80/90 pages with illustrations (e-book version). The illustrations are really what sold this book to me though. They make the story come alive. 


"The Sleeper and the Spindle" begins with some dwarves who have gone into a neighboring kingdom and heard about a castle where everyone is sleeping. Through the years the sleep spell has spread and now many people feel they are all doomed to sleep. The dwarves go back to their own kingdom and meet with the Queen (otherwise known as her Majesty) and she is told about the sleep spell. Though she's to be married (like the next day) she decides to ride off with the dwarves to see about breaking the spell.


I loved that Gaiman never gives you anyone's name. He pretty much treats it as if you should know who people are at this point.

Hint, it's Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. What I thought worked really well is that it is heavily implied and then shown that Snow White's battle with her stepmother and all that entails has left her marked in a ways. She's not exactly jumping up and down to rule. 


I loved the twist ending since I thought it was heading in a different direction. Now I need a follow-up to this story. 


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text 2018-09-30 23:40
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

What a great story giving us a look at what happened to Snow White after her kiss. The highlights are the illustrations though.



It it really makes me want to run out and buy this in hardback.





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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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