The Sleeper and the Spindle (Hardcover)

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By Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
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Bookseller: Julia
Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle


Cursed thorns are spreading outward and the surrounding kingdoms are now plagued with sleep. Three dwarves investigate these rumors and bring it to their queen. She decides to find out what's going on and discovers things are not what they seem.
This retelling is dark and twisty-- we don't get what we expect. The sleeper, the hero, and the adventure is all familiar and NEW at the same time.
I first read this story in Rags & Bones: New Twists On Old Tales, a compilation of retellings. I really had liked Neil Gaiman's take on Sleeping Beauty and his inclusion of Snow White. Then it was published solo in this great graphic edition!
This book is gorgeous, the illustrations are as enchanting, as tangled, as thorny, as haunting, and as eerie as the writing. 
I listened to the audio of this stunning book and was impressed again. This isn't a bedtime picture book-- this creepy creation is for older readers and the very brave!

— From Julia's Past Picks 2


In a beautiful collaboration, 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.

Praise For…

“Gaiman and Riddell’s greatest [collaboration] to date.”

“Told in a way only Gaiman can” and featuring “stunning metallic artwork.”

“A refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story.”

“Spellbindingly illustrated.”

“Magical, sumptuous, transporting.”

“Unforgettable, unpredictable and utterly enchanting for anyone between the ages of seven and seventy.”

“A genuine treat.”

“A spectacular art object...certainly a treasure.”

“Riddell’s spectacularly intricate ink drawings, gilded with gold, bring Gaiman’s inventive story to life...This highly recommended visually stunning twist on two classic fairy tales will be well received by fans of graphic novels and fantasy stories.”

“A wholly original reimagining...Riddell’s artwork is the reason a library should own this title in their collection. His details are exquisite.”

“A striking volume...thrums with malevolence and confounds our expectations...[the pictures] seem to writhe creepily on the page.”

“Unabashedly feminist...So sonically tuned that it breathes on its own from the very first line. Adding to the wonder are Chris Riddell’s dazzling illustrations.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062398246
ISBN-10: 0062398245
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Pages: 64
Language: English