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Author: Gaiman, Neal
Illustrator: Ruddell, Chris
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition
Year Published: September 22 2015
ISBN: 978-0062398246
Grades: 9 to 12, Grade 6, Grades 7 to 9

The Sleeper and the Spindle

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A gorgeously illustrated mash-up of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, The Sleeper and The Spindle has some interesting takes on traditional fairy tales. Snow is feeling a bit bored after her adventures, and when the dwarves discover that everyone in the neighbouring kingdom is falling asleep, she decides that, rather than wait for a prince, SHE is going to go out and discover what is going on before this starts to affect her kingdom. With a nod to the pervasive popularity of zombies, the victims of the sleeping plague, covered in cobwebs, rise and follow the queen and her dwarves. Soon, they reach the castle where the princess lies sleeping. Here, the tale takes another twist and readers will be surprised at what follows. Ruddell’s intricate drawings, rendered in black ink with gold leaf, perfectly enhance Gaiman’s lyrical text



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