Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle
Intricate highly detailed illustrations with lots of lines in them accompany this rather creepy Gaimanified fairy tale that is a cross between Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.  A week before she is to be married, something she did not view as a good thing, the queen is told by 3 of her devoted dwarves that a sleeping sickness is creeping across the land, so she goes off with the dwarves to defeat the sickness which is accompanied by spiders spinning webs all over everyone and everything.  Due to her background, having been Snow White, the queen is familiar with magic and sleeping spells and she is tough and can handle this - she believes.  Interesting story and illustrations.

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