The Sleeper and the Spindle

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

3.89 (47,092 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Illustrated by 
3.89 (47,092 ratings by Goodreads)

List price: US$15.53

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


WINNER of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016

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.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future - and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 72 pages
  • 175 x 238 x 17mm | 409g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill. by Chris Riddell
  • 9781408859643
  • 918

Review Text

Spellbindingly illustrated Gaby Wood Saturday Telegraph
show more

Review quote

Spellbindingly illustrated -- Gaby Wood * Saturday Telegraph * Suffused with joy and melancholy and underpinned by the knowledge of where it comes from and where it wants to go... It is absolutely a retelling for our age, but also for ages still to come -- Lucy Mangan * The Guardian * Magical, sumptuous, transporting * The Big Issue * Unforgettable, unpredictable and utterly enchanting for anyone between the ages of seven and seventy -- Amanda Craig * The New Statesman * Will hold the reader spellbound from start to finish * The Guardian * A richly nuanced tale with a contemporary slant that will fire your imagination - and haunt your dreams * Times Educational Supplement *
show more

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work - The Graveyard Book. Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films; Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio; and American Gods and Good Omens have been adapted into major TV series. He has also written two episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself.

Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He has won the Costa Children's Book Award, the Nestle Gold Award is the only artist to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, most recently for his illustrations in The Sleeper and the Spindle. He was Waterstones Children's Laureate from 2015 to 2017 and has illustrated the work of many celebrated children's authors, including five Neil Gaiman titles and J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard. He is the author of the bestselling Goth Girl and Ottoline series and co-creator of The Edge Chronicles.
show more

Rating details

47,092 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 30% (13,991)
4 39% (18,359)
3 24% (11,228)
2 5% (2,471)
1 2% (1,043)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X