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REVIEW: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

From the duo who brought us multi-award winning The Graveyard Book comes a darkly funny tale

Bringing together the talents of Gaiman and Riddell once more, you know this book is going to be special. It’s a unique fairy tale that brings together different strands – some old, some new – and recreates a dark and twisted tale that older kids will lap up. As you’d expect from Neil Gaiman – remember, he’s written Dr Who as well as books like Coraline –  there’s humour and magic at play in this fable which has a nod to both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Meanwhile Chris Riddell introduces a touch of gold to his black and white palette to create stunning illustrations to enhance this tale. Fantasy has never looked more fantastic, and this had to be the perfect antidote to panto for clued-up kids.

Bloomsbury, age: 10+

 

 

 

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