New Picture Book: The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Heads up, Gaiman aficionados. Here’s a picture book children will love and adults will want for their collections. This previously published story is perfectly enhanced by the drawings of frequent collaborator, Chris Riddell. In a starred review, Kirkus called it [a] spectacular art object…certainly a treasure.”

“[A] filigreed elaboration of Sleeping Beauty that, before long, reveals itself as something more. Three dwarves discover a realm in which everyone has fallen asleep, and they cross into the next country to warn its queen of the great plague that threatens her people….Traveling to the cursed kingdom, the queen and dwarves encounter threatening zombie sleepers and more, but the storyline is still recognizable underneath the new details. It isn’t until the travelers penetrate the castle that things tilt sideways. Something new is going on, and readers will be carried to the end by the whirlwind force of Gaiman’s imagination. Riddell [pours] his energy into myriad, spidery lines and delicate cross-hatching that recall Aubrey Beardsley’s eerie set pieces. It’s a genuine treat.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

The Sleeper and the Spindle (9780062398246) by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. $19.99 hardcover. 9/22/15 on sale.

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