Read an Excerpt from Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and The Spindle | Epic Reads BlogBy Gaby Wood. The brilliance of Gaiman's story — which is spellbindingly illustrated by Chris Riddell — lies in the elements he has chosen for his mash—up. Essentially, aspects of Sleeping Beauty are distorted by aspects of Snow White, but while classical fairy tale characters are stock figures the princess, the hunter, the stepmother, the beast , Gaiman's protagonists are the products of their pasts. Snow White's story so far has given her knight—like valour: thanks to her stepmother, she knows evil in another woman's eyes when she sees it; having spent a year in a glass coffin, she is willing to brave the land of sleep; because of the poisoned apple, she can recognise the smell of magic; and when it comes to travelling companions, it matters that she has an affinity with dwarves. But even this Snow White doesn't know who's who when it comes to the climactic scene in the castle — The Sleeper and the Spindle is a story of three women, none of whom is quite what you imagine. It tastes like both of them but it's actually a new dish. Neil Gaiman quiz — 30 questions to test your knowledge.
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Read an Excerpt from Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and The Spindle
Don So Hiong. Mile Sareski. More from Children's Book and Media Review. Why not share.Book Appearance. At the end of the story the spell is broken, the old woman gets to rest at la. Annnd that's about as positive as I can get. I wasn't sure what to expect going in to this and I was pleasantly surprised with it.
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Everything needed to be perfect. Snow White's stepmother was her biological mother in the original; Hansel and Gretel's stepmother, this could have been as magical and wondrous as I had wished it, who sends them out to starve in the woods. Valente. The image that chilled me the most is that of a milkmaid slumped on her milking stool beside a sleeping cow.
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Manufactured in China. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Edition, Originally published in the U. For Holly and Maddy, my daughters who woke me up N. For my daughter Katy, on the beginning of her quest C. The high mountain range that served as the border between the two kingdoms discouraged crows as much as it discouraged people, and it was considered unpassable.