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The sleeper and the spindle

The sleeper and the spindle

Gaiman, Neil, author; Riddell, Chris, illustrator

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

Hardback, Book. English. Fairy tales. Fiction 9+. Children's stories. Traditional.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Chris Riddell
ISBN: 1408859645, 9781408859643
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 66 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm

Author note

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. 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 Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals. He is co-creator of the hugely successful New York Times bestseller The Edge Chronicles .


Spellbindingly illustrated
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
The Guardian||Magical, sumptuous, transporting
The Big Issue||Unforgettable, unpredictable and utterly enchanting for anyone between the ages of seven and seventy
The New Statesman||Will hold the reader spellbound from start to finish
The Guardian