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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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review 2016-10-20 15:18
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

I only wanted this book because of the beautiful illustrations.  A twist on Snow White and Sleeping Beauty; the story was pretty mediocre.

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review 2016-07-31 18:11
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

A beautifully written and quaintly illustrated retelling (sort of) of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.  The story telling is delightful and the tale has several unusual and surprising twists.  This book can be enjoyed by children and adults and I suspect the author wrote it with parents reading to their children in mind.

 

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review 2016-04-05 23:50
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

The retelling is clever and funny and the art is engaging and a little old-fashioned feeling, but in a good way. Loved it.

Library copy

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review 2016-01-05 15:33
The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

As a sleeping curse hits the kingdom, the queen postpones her wedding and sets off with three dwarves to free the sleeping princess and end the curse...

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell team up yet again to present this short fairy tale, a dark combination of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.

As dark fairy tales go, it had its moments. I loved the sleepers talking and eventually sleepwalking after the heroes. I've said it many times before but Gaiman's tales for kids are way creepier than the ones for adults. The art by Chris Riddell added to the tale and reminded me of old woodcuts at times.

I liked the ending quite a bit, not nearly as pat as I was expecting. However, at the end of the day, this was pretty average. It was a little too short and not as fleshed out as I would have liked. I guess I expected more from Neil Gaiman this time out. Three out of five stars.

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