The Sleeper and the Spindle – by Neil Gaiman – independent book review – Graphic Novel

Quick and fun read. Awarded three stars on Goodreads.
sleeperThis is the first graphic novella I’ve read and my first exposure to young adult fiction by Neil Gaiman, though I now plan to read more of his books.
Like many of Gregory Maguire books, THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE is a more contemporary take on a classic fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty, with subtle but entertaining humor. This one has a little Snow White mixed in, a few dwarfs, and a strong feminist message—which I found refreshing since so many fairy tales reinforce old stereotypes about helpless girls who are saved by princes.
It’s a super quick read – less than an hour – and beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings by Chris Riddell.

More about author Neil Gaiman. More about illustrator, Chris Riddell.

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