When a mysterious spell spreads across the lands and putting villagers to sleep, a certain queen decides to find out the cause. Venturing once again from her kingdom with her seven dwarf companions, the young queen travels to the heart of this dark curse…
Personal Take: The first thing to note about this book is– this is a visually stunning book. Beautiful, beautiful illustrations that you can’t look away from. But you do anyway, because it’s combined with an amazing story by Neil Gaiman. I don’t make it secret that I admire this writer so much. You never know what to expect with him, but you know you won’t be disappointed.
The Sleeper and the Spindle was just that– an unexpected fairytale, with somewhat dark elements. I won’t spoil it too much, but you can easily recognize the which fairytales Gaiman decided to weave in his retelling. And in Gaiman style, it’s otherworldly, funny and twisted.
Surprisingly, even though its illustrated, the story proves that it’s not for younger audiences (the language, at least), but that didn’t bother me much.
In the end, it both story and illustration leaves you nostaligic for more fairytales with deeper, hidden meanings.
I can’t recommend this book enough.
Audience: Definitely older readers.
Other recommendations: As I said, Neil Gaiman is my ultimate favorite, so I recommend American Gods, Anansi Boys and Neverwhere. If you’re looking for another collaboration between Gaiman and Chris Riddell, I recommend Fortunately, The Milk.