The Sleeper and the Spindle by by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell Review

The Sleeper and the Spindle Book Cover The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman
Fairy Tales
September 22, 2015

New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and Kate Greenaway-winning illustrator Chris Riddell have created a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale, "told in a way only Gaiman can" and featuring "stunning metallic artwork" (

The result is a beautiful and coveted edition of The Sleeper and the Spindle that the Guardian calls "a refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story."

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White's (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty's (almost) stories.

This story was originally published (without illustrations) in Rags & Bones (Little, Brown, 2013). This is the first time it is being published as an illustrated, stand-alone edition, and the book is a beautiful work of art.

In my Opinion, It’s difficult to review a short story and even more so to review a retelling of a classic. I’ve read this one twice, just because I love short stories; I swear it has nothing to do with my obsession with Neil Gaiman, because it doesn’t….not even a little…..

I really enjoyed this twist on sleeping beauty. With the title, I’m sure you could already guess that was the story it was inspired by. It didn’t go the way I expected at all. The Sleeper and the Spindle felt like it’s own story in a whole. It’s hard to retell a fairy tale while making it feel fresh, and as always, Gaiman did a great job. I really hope they team back up to put a few more of these out. I felt the artwork was fantastic and would love a few prints of the artwork in the book for around my house.

TL;DR – It’s Neil Gaiman, you know it’s going to be good. Just read it.

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