The Sleeper & the Spindle, or Wow This is Beautiful

The Sleeper & the Spindle, or Wow This is Beautiful

In which I gush unashamedly over the work of art that is The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. Because it’s, like, beautiful. Like, really, really beautiful.

I also surprise no one by not knowing the correct way to pronounce Chris Riddell’s name.



Do you like fairy tale re-tellings? What would you recommend to someone who got most of her fairy tales from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes…? Let me know in the comments!


2 Replies to “The Sleeper & the Spindle, or Wow This is Beautiful”

  1. That’s gorgeous! And having the picture on the hardcover as well is like getting two cover designs . . . like a secret bookcase that swings out of the library wall to lead to another room.

    When our kiddos were little, there was one year we decided to look for every version of Cinderella we could find: Appalaccian (Cindy Eller, lol), Chinese, Hungarian, you name it. And we found not only a treasure of Cinderella stories, some of them quite beautifully illustrated, but the search yielded one of my favorite children’s/young people’s authors, Gail Carson Levine. Her version of Cinderella was actually called Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, and it was about a boy named Ellis who had two brothers who just didn’t get him. It was so cleverly done that we started looking for more of her work (if you’ve never read her stuff, you may know of Ella Enchanted, which was made into a movie that only resembled the book by its title and not much else). Anyway, she has a whole series of fairy tales called The Princess Tales that were hilarious, clever versions of fairy tales as we know them. They’re short, so a fast read, but well worth looking up. Even a dozen years later, our kids still remember and quote them.

    1. Those books sound brilliant! I’ve not seen Ella Enchanted, either, so I can go in with no preconceptions 🙂 And such a cool idea, to look for all the different versions! It must have been fascinating to see the different interpretations.

      And isn’t that cover just stunning? I love it so much, and the whole book is just beautiful. But I particularly love that Neil Gaiman always has princesses that save themselves 🙂

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