For this post, I will be reviewing the book, The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman.
The story starts with a spell being cast throughout the kingdom, causing the villagers to fall asleep. Once word reaches our main protagonist, our heroine slips into her armor and sets out determined to lift it.
Neil Gaiman has cleverly put together a crossover between Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Instead, of waiting for prince charming to save the day, Snow White takes matters into her own hands.
The first thing that grabbed my attention about this book is, the illustrations. They’re very stylized and pretty to look at. Some people complain that the main character is bland, I personally didn’t have a problem with her. In the past, characters in fairy tales have been left bland on purpose, so we could place ourselves in their shoes. I really liked the twist toward the end of the story.
I would recommend this story for anyone who enjoys illustrations , and people with an open mind for modern fairy tales. I would not recommend it for small children, because some scenes may be a little too intense, but no worse than the original fairy tales themselves.
I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.