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The Sleeper and the Spindle: WINNER OF THE CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2016

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In a mountain kingdom far away, a young queen prepares for her wedding, believing her future is sealed. The art and the words weave a web of imaginative power, an inspiration for those of us who are tired of princesses marrying to be forgotten. A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish. The story gives a new slant on two well known fairy tales but leaves the reader to work out what is going on and who the protagonists are. Queen Snow White doesn't seem too happy in her current situation, she is to be wed and have babies and do this and do that.

The story is about a young queen (Snow White) who is given word by three of her loyal followers (dwarfs) about a sleeping sickness that fell over a neighboring kingdom decades before, but has begun to spread. A nearby Queen, along with three dwarves heads into the castle to find out what has caused this sleep sickness, and how it can be stopped.

Originally published in a collection of short stories, Neil Gaiman’s novella The Sleeper and the Spindle was reissued as a separate book in 2015, this time with lushly intricate black and white illustrations by Chris Riddell. I'm sure you've all seen the Chris Riddell illustration of Snow White kissing Sleeping Beauty awake by now, and will have seen this book lauded as LGBT representation. Postoji onaj Gaimanovski "twist" koji mi svi jako volimo i odličan je crossover Uspavane lepotice i Snežane. You can listen to it FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD on the BBC page or (possibly more reliably) through the BBC sounds app.

This had me engaged, but in the end, felt too short and simple with more room to grow, which left me craving more. And yes - there's a cool twist to the traditional Sleeping Beauty tale, as well as a new spin on the Snow White story.

And now, that I've read it, I can safely say that this book was just as good as I expected it to be. Finally, I'm giving it four stars because there is a truly EPIC twist that I would have absolutely loved if I hadn't been so thirsty for proper lesbian representation. OH when you think your not going to bother with something, that you might not like it or have the time. The story is not only seductively told but gorgeously enhanced by the black and white illustrations, framed and adorned in fairy gold, which bring out the humour and the horror in the tale. The lust for beauty, power and youth underlies this story and the concept of life threaded into a roll of yarn is unique.

To anyone reading this, at this point of time you still have 12 more days to listen to this dramatisation of The Sleeper and the Spindle. The novella ends with the queen abdicating her throne, leaving the kingdom in the capable hands of her top minister, and deciding to go hunt more evil with her dwarf companions.Neil Gaiman took one of his twisted, rather creepy fairy tale stories and turned it into a 66 page picture book with wonderfully whimsical and detailed illustrations by Chris Riddell (who also did the amazing illustrations in the illustrated version of Neverwhere).

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. If you think you know where this story is going (as I thought I did, early on) you will probably be mistaken. Since I've read The Graveyard Book I wanted to read more books by both Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. Recomiendo este libro a aquelles que busquen un nuevo enfoque a los clásicos a los que estamos acostumbrades, y a quien le gusten los libros ilustrados. And I can't say I'm all that sympathetic to the queen's feeling that, because she's getting married and ruling a kingdom for the rest of her life, she has "no choices" and "the path to her death, heartbeat by heartbeat, would be inevitable.It has elements of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, set in an echo of Middle Earth, led by the women who are largely absent in Tolkien's world, plus (male) dwarfs. When her loyal dwarf companions bring word that a princess, who at some point had pricked her finger and fallen victim to evil magic, is at the heart of the sleeping enchantment, the queen decides to take action. Međutim, glavni i jedini problem ove knjižice je u tome što se Gaimanov tekst jednostavno gubi i postaje minoran u odnosu na Riddellove grafike (a malo je reći da su grafike fenomenalne).

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