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

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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. Shortlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 72 pages
  • 184 x 246 x 14mm | 419.99g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill. by Chris Riddell
  • 1408859645
  • 9781408859643
  • 693

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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 *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. The L.A. Times has described his multi-million-selling graphic novel series Sandman as `the greatest epic in the history of comic books'. Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films, Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio and American Gods is in development as a major HBO series. He has also written two amazing episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself. In 2013 he published his first adult novel for seven years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which received stellar reviews and was a bestseller around the world. www.gaimanbooks.co.uk @neilhimself http://www.gaimanbooks.co.uk/ Chris Riddell is a much loved illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He won the 2013 Costa Children's Book Prize for Goth Girl and has won the Nestle Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller The Edge Chronicles.show more

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