The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle

By Neil Gaiman


In a beautiful collaboration, New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and Kate Greenaway-winning illustrator Chris Riddell have created a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale, "told in a way only Gaiman can" (

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White's (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty's (almost) stories.

The book is a beautiful work of art.

Praises & Awards


“Gaiman and Riddell’s greatest [collaboration] to date.”


“Told in a way only Gaiman can” and featuring “stunning metallic artwork.”

The Guardian

“A refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story.”

Gaby Wood, Saturday Telegraph

“Spellbindingly illustrated.”

The Big Issue

“Magical, sumptuous, transporting.”

Amanda Craig, The New Statesman

“Unforgettable, unpredictable and utterly enchanting for anyone between the ages of seven and seventy.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A genuine treat.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A spectacular art object...certainly a treasure.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“Riddell’s spectacularly intricate ink drawings, gilded with gold, bring Gaiman’s inventive story to life...This highly recommended visually stunning twist on two classic fairy tales will be well received by fans of graphic novels and fantasy stories.”

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“A wholly original reimagining...Riddell’s artwork is the reason a library should own this title in their collection. His details are exquisite.”

Wall Street Journal

“A striking volume...thrums with malevolence and confounds our expectations...[the pictures] seem to writhe creepily on the page.”

New York Times Book Review

“Unabashedly feminist...So sonically tuned that it breathes on its own from the very first line. Adding to the wonder are Chris Riddell’s dazzling illustrations.”

Product Details

ISBN: 9780062398253

ISBN10: 0062398253

Imprint: HarperCollins

On Sale: 14/05/2019

7.000 in (w) x 10.000 in (h)

Pages: 72

List Price 12.50 CAD