Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell are a match made in heaven. They are my favourite illustrator/author combo. I don’t have many, but they are certainly top of the list. The Sleeper and the Spindle is two fairy tales smashed together to make one awesome tale of girl power. Snow White seeks out a princess to rescue her from dark magic. Throwing aside her wedding dress, she takes up her armour and her sword to rescue Sleeping Beauty.
This novel makes me really happy. It is a perfectly timed tale of independent women who don’t need a prince. Fans of Neil Gaiman can imagine the ease of which he wrote this novel. The reimagining of the characters make them larger than life, and could only be illustrated by Chris Riddell. The stunning black and white drawings are punctuated with metallic gold ink. It is beautiful.
This book is aimed at younger readers, between nine and twelve years old but this book is for anyone that is a fan of twisted fairy tales. A book you’ll pick up time and time again, to cherish, and to love.