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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  437 ratings  ·  95 reviews
A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, THE TINDERBOX, illustrated by David Roberts.

Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Indigo
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Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2015
1st out of 8 books — 2 voters
Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverSoulless by Gail CarrigerThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Kéž by vyšlo v ČR, verze 2015
296th out of 352 books — 542 voters


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Jean Menzies
This story is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale Tinderbox and whether familiar with the tale or not the inspiration is evident to the reader in the creation by Gardner of a lengthy and magical fairytale-esque story. If you think of a traditional fairytale, unnerving and often gruesome then you can speculate the experience of reading an elongated version of such a story; this is what you will get when you read Tinder. This is definitely for fans of the eery fantastical folktale. And ...more
Ferdy
Really good, I didn't know much about the original Tinderbox fairy tale but that didn't stop me from loving this. The ending wasn't what I expected, it was rather twisted but in a deliciously evil way. The story and characters overall were written well, there were some parts in the middle that did drag though. The illustrations were lovely and creepy, and really added to the atmosphere of the story. Recommended for anyone in the mood for a fairy tale.
Yasmin
This book was all right, I guess. It wasn't an awful experience reading this, but it just didn't captivate me. The illustrations were stunning and I definitely do not regret buying this book, but the story was kind of meh.
Paula
I have to admit, I bought this book just because I loved the cover - I was looking for some Halloween reads and this one just seemed so wonderfully dark and beautiful. In the end, I enjoyed it more than I had expected. Tinder is an interesting and imaginative retelling of The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen - a story about werewolves and dark magic, beautiful princesses and evil duchesses. But it's not just a fairy tale. It's also a thought-provoking story about war, violence, prejudice and ...more
Alice
On the shortlist for the Carnegie 2015, Tinder is Sally Garner's retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale 'The Tinderbox.' I love a good fairy-tale, and I love a beautifully illustrated book... But I really didn't like this like I expected to. I never found that really magical spark that pulls me into the story... if I hadn't had a quiet day to get it down in one go, I have a feeling it would have taken me a while to get to the end of this one.

Otto Hundebiss (which means Dog Bite) i
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Caroline
This is a stunning book, and beautifully illustrated by David Roberts. Don't be fooled however into thinking that because this is an illustrated book, that it is a children's book - it isn't. The story is a dark fairytale, a disturbing story about werewolves and killing, and the dark natures of man. It is utterly captivating, and once you have started you will not be able to put it back down until you have finished. The illustrations are equally disturbing and complement the story in an integral ...more
Ellie
Tinder is a retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Tinderbox, told through the eyes of a soldier who walked away from the horrors of war. The original tale had a soldier too, but in true fairy tale fashion, I don’t think it lingered on his mental state too long and the dogs, now wolves, are turned into more complicated characters. It is also beautifully illustrated by David Roberts.

I wasn’t very familiar with the original tale, but even if you are I suspect you will still be surprise
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
Sally Gardner is one of those authors whose books I long for. I'm always excited when I hear that a new book written by her is being published and I'm always extremely eager to get my hands on it. With 'Tinder', Gardner has written a spellbinding story based around Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale 'The Tinderbox'. I actually have a really old book on my shelves which is the complete collection of tales by Anderson and which has been passed down through my family. One of the most well thumbed ...more
Anna
A reworking of Hans Anderson's fairy tale, The Tinderbox. Beautifully written with powerful images - both verbal and visual. This has got to be a strong contender for the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway. Sally Gardner won the Carnegie medal with Maggot Moon recently. Though very different - this narrative is poetic rather than fast paced, the tale is a testament to her range and her writing skill. (view spoiler) The horror of war is certainly presented quite bleakly, with memory and fairy tale ...more
Becky
Some of the description is beautiful and original. But I never really felt any emotion towards Otto or Safire. I felt strangely removed from the whole thing and I'm not sure that the illustrations helped me.
Peter
A dark dream-like fairytale that examines love and the horrors of war. Tinder is an exquisitely designed book, filled with a beautiful poetic prose, and amazing angular black and white (and red) illustrations that interact in unique ways with the text. The story, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's Tinderbox fairytale, which I have yet to read, was a real page turner and the atmosphere is so strongly conjured by Sally's individual and distinctive way of describing the world, and the the graphi ...more
Karen Ullman
Excellent spooky fairytale for older readers
Jayne
This is the first book I've read from the 2015 Carnegie Medal shortlist and it didn't disappoint. Based on a classic fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, it's a story of death, love, jealousy, hate and revenge and is brimming with magic, sorcery, witchcraft and werewolves. The illustrations in the book are amazing and beautifully capture the essence of the characters and the story.

The writing is beautiful too. Some of the phrases Sally uses are breathtaking in their observational capacity and
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Sam Piper
This is the first of my reviews of this year's CILIP Carnegie Medal nominees. Well, my second. Patrick Ness' More Than This I read back in August - see here for my review - six months before the shortlist was announced. And to be honest, it will take some beating!

Anyway, this is my first knowing CILIP Carnegie read.

And I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly! I don't think it's a winner but a great read. I mean, fairytales, wolves, witches, werepeople, cross dressing. And a slightly underused hen. W
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Flora
Read for Carnegie Medal/ Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 and my current frontrunner - it reminded me of the power, scope and ambition that writing for young people can have.

This is an unnerving work, filled with strange apparitions, witches, wolves, dreams, woods and blood (lots of it, oceans of it). It wears its fairy tale inspirations lightly (Hans Christian Andersen's The Tinderbox) and carves out a new unsettling place for itself as a genuinely scary and satisfying fireside story.

It reminded me o
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Lucy Saint-smith
This book is a sumptuously dark re-telling of "The Tinderbox" by Hans Christian Andersen. It follows the story of Otto Hundebiss, a soldier in 17th century Europe in the aftermath of a battle.

I love fairy-tales in general and so I really enjoyed the style of this story. I also liked the gothic touches such as the Lady of the Nail - a witch with one thumbnail so long it curls around on itself, who always wears a black mask and is accompanied by thousands of bluebottles.It bears comparison with D
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a bene placito
I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out the age group Tinder was intended for when I started reading it. I knew little of the story to begin with. Having first been introduced to the book by a well-known booktuber's review on it, I confess that what grabbed my attention initially was the stunning, yet unusual art of the book's dust jacket, and the very first sentence of the story, which the book reviewer read out loud in her video.

“Once in a time of war, when I was a soldier in the Imperial
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Jackie Harmon
Tinder is a modern interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale, The Tinderbox. The story is told from the point of view of Otto, a young soldier, who was forced to fight in the army after his parents and sister were murdered. Strikingly different in appearance to other books, it is beautifully illustrated in black, white and red, these pictures while reminders of those in the story books of the very young, have none of their softness. There is nothing pretty here. Complimentin ...more
Stephanie
I'm not quite sure why, but Tinder didn't enthrall me in the way I hoped it would. I enjoy fairytales by modern authors such as Neil Gaiman but felt this one lacked a truly magical spark. There are a number of unexpected flashbacks which made the story a bit tricky to follow on audio as if I missed a few seconds, I wasn't always able to pick the story up again easily.
Based on The Tinderbox tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Gardner has cleverly worked the trauma of child soldiers and civil w
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Eleanor Toland
Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale "The Tinder-Box" was a gleefully amoral fairy tale whose main character was a conman who lied, cheated and even murdered his way to marrying a princess and inheriting a kingdom. Sally Gardner takes the bare bones of that original story and uses them to create something a bit deeper and a lot more horrifying. Tinder is a lurid Gothic drama of werewolves, witches and inescapable fate.

The soldier main character, characterised by Anderson as an opportunistic adve
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Miss Davies
Beautiful story. Couldn't stop wondering what happened to the hen though.
Adeeb
I really enjoyed this book. Why I bought this book was definitely because of its cover. I saw the cover and instantly loved it along with the illustrations inside it. The story was great, and the illustrations added to the overall effect of the book. However, the writing style was a little difficult to get into. That's why My rating of this book is somewhere between 4 and 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Susannah
Tinder is a beautifully packaged book, with amazing illustrations by David Roberts. The author, Sally Gardner, says in her Author's Note that she based her story upon the first tale that Hans Christian Anderson wrote, The Tinderbox, and chose to set it in of the Thirty years War in the first half of the 17th century. The story follows the format of a fairytale, where a young man by the name of Otto's fortunes rise and fall. He starts as a poor soldier, and with the assistance of a mysterious str ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
This book was so good!!
I really like stories that are told like a fairy tale or a fable.
Reminds me of when I was a child.
Tinder is based on the story The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Anderson.
I was just enchanted and enjoyed every moment.
Definitely recommend.

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Moira McPartlin
I was spellbound by this book. I read it over the course of two harsh winter days when afternoons grew dark early and gales rattled the chimney; perfect for curling up in front of the fire with a fairytale. Once started I couldn't put it down. The story tells the tale of a soldier, deserting his post, escaping Death and his horrific past only to find himself embroiled in something more horrific. The story is based on The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Anderson, one fairy tale I am unfamiliar with. ...more
Katya
Pretty torn about this one- it's clearly a fairy tale not meant for young children and it has elements of dark and twisted subject matter but I found it lacked substance. Gardner is great at painting a dream/psychotic episode but awful at explaining it or tying it in with the story line. The illustrations are also hell'a creepy, so definitely not a under 13yr old piece of fiction. Otherwise, it likely won't take you more than an hour and a half to read and then another couple hours to digest the ...more
Brianna
Sometimes, looks are deceiving.

The synopsis of this book is so very vague, and the photos make it look like a haunting mystery and adventure. That not what this is. It's a love chase. The story surrounds a man named Otto, who meets a girl in the forest, falls in love with her at first sight, and they have a relationship not 10 pages later. Then she disappears, and he takes it upon himself to find her. Um.... Dude... You just met her. Please now.

One of the main aspects of this book is the photo
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Sabrina
Ever since this book came out, I had been desperate to read it. I didn't know anything about the contents of the book, but the cover was so gorgeous I knew I had to read it.

Tinder is a retelling of the The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen, and if you are not familiar with it I would suggest not reading the fairytale until finishing this book (it just adds another layer of mystery to the story). I firmly believe that the less you know about this book when you start it, the more completely ov
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Geertje
You know you are reading an adult or young adult book when there are no pictures involved any more. Sally Gardner, who also writes books for children with illustrations, decided to do things a little different when she wrote her adult novel ‘Tinder’. This fairy tale retelling of ‘the tinderbox’ by Hans Christian Andersen is accompanied by beautiful illustrations made by David Roberts. Did this combination leave me with a hunger for more illustrated novels? Let’s find out!

‘Tinder’ tells the story
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Rachael
In between a 3-4 star, I liked it but it's not my usual type of book to read. A retelling of The Tinderbox story (fable/fairy tale?) with scary illustrations that were amazing and yet some were not great (the long finger nail). The illustrations are black and white with splashes of red, which does graphically add to the story when there's blood (and there is quite a bit!) but the evil witch in the story is described as having black eyes, yet in the illustrations they're red. There's just little ...more
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more
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