REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaimain & Chris Riddell

REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaimain & Chris Riddell

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaimain & Chris RiddellThe Sleeper and the Spindle by Chris Riddell, Neil Gaiman
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on 23rd October 2014
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 68
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bloomsbury
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A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

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!


Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    16 January, 2015

    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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    16 January, 2015

    What a gorgeous book! 🙂 I think I need to read it! Great review, Lucy!
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    17 January, 2015

    This sounds so good! Will definitely be on the lookout for this. Great review, Lucy! 🙂 x
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    17 January, 2015

    Really glad you enjoyed this one. Heard so many good things about it, I think I’ll end up picking it up. Great review! 😀


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