The Sleeper and the Spindle CD

By Neil Gaiman


It was the closest kingdom to the queen's, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it. You may think you know this story. There's a young queen, about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.

But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing. . . .

Praises & Awards

From Neil

Behind the Book

The Sleeper and the Spindle began life as a short story about fairytales. Two fairytales in particular: Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White.

I wondered what would happen if a queen went off to wake the sleeping princess in the tower. And if the Queen in question knew a lot about magical sleeping, perhaps from having spent a year asleep in a glass coffin, having consumed a poisoned apple . . .

The story I wrote was funny and odd and (I have been assured) feminist, mostly because all of the active people in it, except dwarves, are women.

Chris Riddell is a remarkable illustrator. We started working together in the UK in 2008, but none of his illustrated work on my fiction has been seen in the US until now.

Chris’s black and gold illustrations for The Sleeper and the Spindle were a whole new magical world, from the tracing paper cover to the final endpaper.

I’m so thrilled that it’s coming to America. Chris Riddell’s art, one of the most beautiful books you will ever put on your shelves, and a story about smart women, and evil, and life. I hope you enjoy it.

Product Details

ISBN: 9780062435132

ISBN10: 0062435132

Imprint: HarperFestival

On Sale: 22/09/2015

0.000 in (w) x 0.000 in (h)

List Price 17.50 CAD


BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General

BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General