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3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  914 Ratings  ·  181 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
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Indigo
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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
Jemma (MyLittleBookishCorner)
After being sat on my shelf for over a year, I finally decided to pick Tinder up and dive into it head first.

Gardner is an amazing author and, having read multiple other of her works, I knew that I wouldn't be let down when it came to Tinder and I was so right. Tinder is a darker retelling of The Tinderbox of which I read when I was younger. The illustrations in this book left me breathless, Roberts is a truly talented artist.

I am now more than ready to read more by Gardner as I know tha
I’d been in battle since dawn. Like my comrades, I’d fought for all I was worth, though I knew ours was a hopeless cause. About me lay the dead and the dying, their blood – our blood – made the carpet of leaves more crimson than autumn had intended.
Tinder is one of those slightly eerie, engrossing tales. You know right from the start that no matter how much things are looking up for a protagonist throughout the story, something is coming that will flip it all upside-down, because these stories h
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.
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.
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
Jun 11, 2014 Ellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
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
Oct 31, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2016 Sophie rated it liked it
Oltre alle splendide illustrazioni che impreziosiscono il volume, ho adorato due cose di questo libro: la prima è la vena dark, squisitamente tragica, che percorre ogni singolo avvenimento del retelling in questione; la seconda è lo stile di Sally Gardner, un’autrice di cui non avevo mai letto nulla in precedenza (ma questo è un errore al quale mi riprometto di rimediare).

Se fosse stato chiunque altro a raccontare la storia del giovane Otto, ex-soldato, corrente disertore dal passato famigliare
May 13, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
Tinder is a fairy tale retelling of Hans Christen Andersen’s The Tinder Box.

Otto Hundebiss is on the battlefields among the many bodies of the dead. He cheats death and is given a set of dice to guide him on his way. It’s not a comforting read...

I’ve wanted to read this for ages but the shortlisting for the Kate Greenaway Medal has propelled it to the top of my reading pile.

I still haven’t quite decided what to make of it. I suppose it is the nature of the fairy tale before Disney gets their han
Meredith Fletcher
May 05, 2015 Meredith Fletcher rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dark and Twisted Fantasy lovers
Oh my days....I am in love! Not only is the storyline great but the pictures are perfect! Thank you Sally Gardner and David Roberts!

Otto Hundebiss is wounded in battle but cheats death. He is met by a half-man half-beast who gives him a pair of dice which will tell him the way. O his travels he meets Safire a beautiful and mysterious girl. With the power of the tinderbox Otto would give anything to be with his love.

I love the plot and how the story unfolds. I think that the images really bring t
That was a bit of a disappointment for me. It had promise but actually ended up being quite boring. I have read a couple of Sally Gardner's books before an enjoyed them so was expecting more. It was actually quite hard and slow to read when it really should not have been. The illustrations in it were a good thing they added atmosphere and depth, but the illustrations were actually more enjoyable than the writing! It also had one of those endings that I actually hate and makes me want to scream o ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2015 Shiku rated it really liked it
Nachdem ich Tinder beendet hatte, war mein erster Gedanke: “Das hätte episch sein können!” Ganz so stark fand ich das Buch am Ende dann doch nicht, aber klasse war es trotzdem – für die Epik fehlte dann nur ein bisschen Fülle, die sich auch wirklich gelohnt hätte bei den ganzen wunderbaren Details, die sich in der Geschichte verstecken. So hat das Buch mehr etwas von einem Märchen – einem Märchen mit wunderbar düsteren Illustrationen (aus der Feder von David Roberts), das wohl auch eher was für ...more
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
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
Apr 23, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Farrell
Jun 09, 2015 Lisa Farrell rated it really liked it
I've finally finished the Carnegie shortlist!! I really enjoyed this gothic fairytale and can understand why some of my students have really loved it. Gardner captures the fairytale style and was dark and sinister.
Miss Bookiverse
Es gibt nichts, was mir nicht gefällt an diesem Buch. Die Zeichnungen sind gekonnt gruselig und ergänzen den stimmungsvollen Schreibstil perfekt. Die Geschichte erzählt Andersens Das Feuerzeug neu. Ich hatte das Märchen nicht mehr in Erinnerung, vielleicht lag es also daran, dass ich die ganze Zeit über nicht wusste, was passieren würde. Ich war gespannt und orientierungslos verloren in diesem düsteren Märchenwald. Neben den typischen mystischen Elementen bringt das Buch auch die Grausamkeit des ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was so good, the story plus the pictures. Just beautiful.
ℇℓℓis ♥
Apr 18, 2016 ℇℓℓis ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmosfere gotiche, disegni veramente inquietanti e quel pizzico di brivido che non guasta,
Un'ottima rivisitazione della fiaba di Hans Christian Andersen! *-*
The most beautiful, haunting and dark retelling of The Tinderbox, the first story of Hans Christian Andersen I've ever read.

And the illustrations by David Roberts? What a master! Couldn't ask for more.

Just went to my top books/reads of 2016
Karen Ullman
Mar 18, 2015 Karen Ullman rated it really liked it
Excellent spooky fairytale for older readers
Mar 07, 2016 Ladywolf. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 18, 2016 Chagall rated it liked it
Rilettura in forma di romanzo de L’acciarino magico, un racconto minore di Hans Christian Andersen. Con Tinder (Rizzoli Editore) l’autrice Sally Gardner aggiunge un nuovo titolo alla unga listadi retelling a tema fiabesco già pubblicati negli ultimi anni.
Senza infamia né lode, Tinder riprende abbastanza fedelmente i punti salienti della storia originale reinterpretandoli in chiave scura, cadenzando il racconto con immagini cupe e spettrali, con una scrittura a tratti onirica che strizza l’occhio
Apr 11, 2015 Jayne rated it really liked it
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
Sam Piper
Mar 30, 2015 Sam Piper rated it it was amazing
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
Lucy Saint-smith
Mar 21, 2015 Lucy Saint-smith rated it it was amazing
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
a bene placito
Jan 18, 2015 a bene placito rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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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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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