The Sleeper and the Spindle: WINNER OF THE CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2016
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They fall asleep whatever they are doing, and they do not wake up,” said the sot. “Look at us. We fled the towns to come here. We have brothers and sisters, wives and children, sleeping now in their houses or cowsheds, at their workbenches. All of us.” Pre svega moram da kažem da sam se oduešvio što je Laguna odlučila da objavi ovo u Srbiji. Nekako mi je delovalo kao previše rizičan korak i čak sam se plašio da će (da prostite na izrazu) zgovnati knjigu i da će ona izgubiti svoju draž. Na svu sreću, ono što imam u rukama je apsolutno WOW! Tehnički i grafički knjižica je odrađena fenomenalno.
Here, the story takes a turn toward the unexpected. As the queen soon finds out, the sleeping beauty isn’t Sleeping Beauty at all. Instead, she is the evil witch who has made a thrall army out of the whole kingdom using her sleep magic – by remaining asleep, she was able to keep the spell going, puppeteering all within its boundaries. The only person not affected by the spell is the original princess. She has been forced to wander the castle for the past seventy years, trapped inside, all alone, slowly aging into the old woman the queen had seen by the sleeper’s bedside. You don’t need princes to save you. I don’t have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men”. The queen (Snow White) is preparing to marry her prince and to live happily in her kingdom until she’s informed of a sleeping enchantment that’s taken over everyone in a nearby land. She takes matters into her own hands, alongside her dwarves-at-arms, and leaves on a journey to see what this enchantment is all about. A diferencia de los cuentos tradicionales, aquí no hay un caballero que salve a la princesa, sino que es la reina la que toma el mando y va al rescate de la bella durmiente. Al fin un cuento en el que las mujeres se muestran valientes e inteligentes.!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼There are subtle changes to this adaptation of The Sleeper and the Spindle that make it far more magical. Part of it is the performances - you really can't go wrong with Gwendoline Christie - but also a few extended scenes that make the Queen all the more heroic by reminding her of what she's left behind and by giving her more of a challenge. There are also a few more details that make the story more of a journey and that make the ending feel far more wide with possibility. El giro que le da a las historias de Blancanieves y La Bella Durmiente son muy interesantes y me pillaron por sorpresa, pues no es hasta el final que entiendes lo que verdaderamente está pasando. Igualmente, se me hizo corto, y entiendo que es una historia corta, pero el final se me hizo muy repentino. As dark fairy tales go, it had its moments. I loved the sleepers talking and eventually sleepwalking after the heroes. I've said it many times before but Gaiman's tales for kids are way creepier than the ones for adults. The art by Chris Riddell added to the tale and reminded me of old woodcuts at times. Words we love to hear and, a generation later, read aloud. Snuggled in a comfy chair, adult wrapping child in loving arms, sharing the journey through enchanted worlds.
Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his forties and still tends to need a haircut. The pictures by Chris Riddell were FANTASTIC. But then I always knew they would be since reading The Edge Chronicles, he is an amazing illustrator. I've read so many versions of fairy tales that it takes a really interesting spin(dle) (ha) for me to enjoy. I liked this very much. I think I liked this very much. I'm almost positive I liked this very much . . . o.OTheir reading added a different dimension to the words that I remember reading from the print version and made it sound almost new to me, and I love that.