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Length: 64 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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Gr 7 Up—Snow White meets Sleeping Beauty in this fairytale mash-up where things are not what they seem. When three dwarfs learn of a sleeping plague spreading throughout the land, they alert their queen. The queen, already feeling that marriage means the end of her ability to make choices in her life, gladly postpones her wedding, grabs her sword, and sets off with the dwarfs to get to the bottom of the magical curse. On their way, they encounter throngs of cobweb-covered sleepers. To their surprise, the slumbering masses talk in their sleep and eventually begin to lumber after them. The team forges ahead to the castle, where they find the sleeping princess and an old woman. The queen's kiss, shown in a sumptuous spread, wakes the princess. The quest turns out to be just what the queen needs to be reminded of the choices she has. Riddell's spectacularly intricate ink drawings, gilded with gold, bring Gaiman's inventive story to life. Each page is packed with marvelous details—vines claustrophobically twist everywhere and expressions convey far more emotion than the words let on. Gaiman's narrative about strength, sacrifice, choice, and identity is no simple retelling; he sends readers down one path then deliciously sends the story veering off in an unexpected direction. The only downside—the tale ends far too soon. VERDICT This highly recommended visually stunning twist on two classic fairy tales will be well received by fans of graphic novels and fantasy stories.—Amanda MacGregor, Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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“Gaiman and Riddell’s greatest [collaboration] to date.” (Tor.com)

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

“A refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story.” (The Guardian)

“Spellbindingly illustrated.” (Gaby Wood, Saturday Telegraph)

“Magical, sumptuous, transporting.” (The Big Issue)

“Unforgettable, unpredictable and utterly enchanting for anyone between the ages of seven and seventy.” (Amanda Craig, The New Statesman)

“A genuine treat.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“A spectacular art object...certainly a treasure.” (Kirkus Reviews (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.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“A wholly original reimagining...Riddell’s artwork is the reason a library should own this title in their collection. His details are exquisite.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars and I think this might be my favourite of them all so far
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell are like the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp of the literary ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a gorgeous book and story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Fairytale Mashup
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a fairy tale without the steriotypes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty retold
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love that the Queen is proactive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book! Beautiful tale, and not the story you think it’s going to be.... :o
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sleeeping Beauty
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2.0 out of 5 stars wonderful. However
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a page turner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
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