I read The Sleeper and the Spindle one evening near Christmas and I became totally absorbed. For the half an hour or so I spent reading it, all of me was invested in the characters and plot as the story weaved on.
It’s hard to perfectly describe The Sleeper and the Spindle and do it justice at the same time. A darker version of Sleeping Beauty, it’s steeped in mythology and ancient tale.
The illustrations by Riddell are beautiful – black and white with gold highlights. The double page spreads were magnificent and I believe the illustrations added a side to the book that wouldn’t be picked up on otherwise.
I loved how dark The Sleeper and the Spindle was! Gaiman has written a modern day Brothers Grimm that targets an older audience than younger fairy tales.
The Sleeper and the Spindle was everything I hoped for and more. A perfect wintery read!
Bruna16 January, 2015 at 3:13 pm
This book has gorgeous illustrations. I already bought it, but haven’t read a chance to read it yet. I’m glad you enjoyed it. =)
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Chrissi Reads16 January, 2015 at 7:32 pm
What a gorgeous book! 🙂 I think I need to read it! Great review, Lucy!
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Kyra17 January, 2015 at 1:20 pm
This sounds so good! Will definitely be on the lookout for this. Great review, Lucy! 🙂 x
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Rachel17 January, 2015 at 2:07 pm
Really glad you enjoyed this one. Heard so many good things about it, I think I’ll end up picking it up. Great review! 😀