Title- The Sleeper and the Spindle.
Author- Neil Gaiman.
Illustrator: Chris Riddell.
Publish date- November, 2014.
RRP- $19.99 (HB, AUD)
A retelling, reimagining, rewriting and picturing of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, the two stories intertangling and forming something very new.
Image Credit: Bloomsbury Australia.
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for this review copy!
I have awarded this astonishingly, unfathomably beautiful book the "Most Beautiful Book" for 2014, and I feel that it is likely to crash into the awards for the next decade or two and steal all those awards, too, because goodness. This was just... head shakingly good. I have in this book one of my favourite authors and my favourite illustrator, and I'm proved for the third time, though none so powerfully as this, that they are a team of wonder.
I don't think either could reach the level of wonderment in this book that they did together, for though I am in pure delight from this retold fairytale, weaving the afterwards of Snow White and the end of Sleeping Beauty together in a way that is truly Neil Gaiman's own, though the incredibly detail and intricacy, the exquisite use of only black, white and gold in every illustration captivated all of my senses, never more so than when the two were paired. It became, quite simply, a masterpiece, with the exquisite work of two such fine artists put together to make what I believe is not only the most beautiful book of the year, but my favourite fairytale retelling, fit for early YA all the way through to adults and beyond.
Snow White and Sleeping Beauty is a fairytale mix that coule pose an interesting reaction from me, since the second is my favourite (apart from the kiss) and the first my least, but they came together seamlessly, originally, spectacularly. Snow is a true heroine here, in a way I never expected to see her (apart from in Lumikki), but she is forthright and wise, full of courage and strength and bravery, and she is real. She is so, so real.
Rating: Big explosion MIND BLOWN.
The most exquisite book I've held in a long time. I could dedicate a whole bookshelf just to the magic that is contained within it's pages, not to mention how exquisite the exterior is.