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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,164 ratings  ·  527 reviews
A long time ago, there lived a princess named Cinnamon.

Cinnamon had pearls for eyes. Cinnamon did not talk.

Her father and mother offered many riches to anyone who could get Cinnamon to speak.

One day a tiger came to the palace, armed with knowledge of the world, and everything changed.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins (first published 1995)
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Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this story in ebook format some years ago. Unlike other stories by Neil Gaiman, this one takes place in India, but it is not any less enchanting or delightful (Norse mythology is this author's strength so it was no matter of course). It seems that it doesn't matter which mythological theme Gaiman picks up - he always succeeds in submerging the reader in a craftfully spun world full of wonder.

What makes this hardcover edition (which is much larger than I though it would be) so special and
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, neil-gaiman
When Neil Gaiman tells a story for young readers, there will be a mix of the old and the new, the fairytale and the twist.

And there will be a thought-provoking subtext for the grown-up reader to ponder on.

Here's what I learned, apart from how tigers enter and leave a stage: students need context and purpose to understand the magic of literature and the spoken word. If they don't see why they are supposed to learn, they won't put in the effort. Once they see the magic in exploring new stories ou
Dave Schaafsma
“There is nothing to be frightened of," said the Rajah. "Very few tigers are man-eaters."

"But I am," said the tiger.

"You might be lying," said the Rajah.

"I might be," said the tiger. "But I'm not.”

A short story set in India by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Divya Srinivasan, and read by a person whose name I could not find on a tiny Vox audio attachment to the physical copy of the book. It’s the story of a blind and mute Indian girl whose parents try—as parents will—anything to get the girl talking
5 stars for the illustrations, 3 stars for the story (I think the elderly aunt didn't come off very well) and 5 stars because there's a magnificent tiger present.
So after averaging ....4 stars.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats
While beautifully illustrated, there was not much of a message or plot. Blind and mute Princess Cinnamon is the despair of her parents who make offerings to anyone who can make her speak. A tiger offers his services teaching her pain, fear, love, and perhaps a voice.
La Coccinelle
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
What the hell? This is a children's book? It's awful. The only thing it really has going for it is decent grammar and passable illustrations.

Here's the real synopsis: (view spoiler)
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Interesting story, but I wouldn't pick up a copy.

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Read by the author - which is always a treat.

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Maggie Gordon
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, picture-book
I'm normally quite a fangirl of Gaiman, but Cinnamon is one of his weaker stories. It's about a blind, mute Indian girl who is taught to speak by a tiger. This sounds like an interesting premise (disability in a children's book!), but Gaiman doesn't do much with it. For a fairy tale, it feels rather humdrum. Also, there are several moments of casual misogyny that are unnecessary and harmful. For example, there's an older auntie who nags people a lot, and she is eventually eaten by the tiger for ...more
Tayler Steele
Really a 3.5/5

This was a quick, entertaining, and cute read from an author I've heard so much about but never actually read (it's a problem that I need to fix soon).

Of course, this being a children's story and being so brief, there isn't much for me to rate. It's something that I think would be very fun to dissect for themes and morals and such, but it's also something I would read to my (hypothetical) children just for the enjoyment of the story.

It wasn't something I connected with necessaril
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I felt a sense of delight and anticipation as I read the story and gazed upon the beautiful illustrations. The color scheme seemed unusual and drew me in also.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, picture-books
Beautifully written and with gorgeous illustrations, this is a simple, yet powerful story of self-discovery and power. Such a gem.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Exquisite art and Gaiman's words. I love that Neil Gaiman writes poetically even for his youngest refers, and although I read the picture book version, I could hear him narrating it in my head which added to my enjoyment. ...more
April Corbett (Dorris)
I think every brown skinned princess should be given this book as a gift. It's okay if we decide to withhold our voices from the world until we are presented with nothing but LOVE. ...more
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5: Finish a book completely outside.

Ah Neil Gaiman, you are a genius!

Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Fairy-Tale Lovers / Neil Gaiman Fans
Princess Cinnamon, the royal child of the Rajah and Rani of a small, hot country, had lovely, pearl-like eyes incapable of sight, and had been mute her entire life. Her concerned parents offered a room in the palace, a field of stunted mango trees and a portrait of the Rani's aunt to anyone who could make her talk. No one succeeded, until a fierce tiger, one who "moved like a god through the world," arrived, and taught the sheltered Cinnamon about some of the things she had been missing...

With a
Koushiki Chowdhury
Such a sweet little enchanting tale!
It revolves around a little princess of India who doesn't talk and her parents' continuous attempt to make her do so. There is a 'reward' too. So this enigmatic talking tiger comes one day and things happen!

Sounds so simple and childish right?
Maybe so! But you don't know how Gaiman writes or what he means or just can do, unless you read the book. The fundamental questions of life and existence raised though the shroud of innocence is striking!

Short. Beautiful.
Nusrat Mahmood
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-favorite
What a cute tiny fudgy book to end your Christmas night! Oh Gaiman, you are my solace in this depressing world.
Murf the Surf
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold that Tiger, Yeah!

I'm quite enthralled with this children's book you see, as I love simplicity in its purest forms. It's an artistic masterpiece I believe. Easy and quick reading you see; several different personalities albeit with different emotional maturities. The tiger, being the pragmatist comes across so eloquently in his assertions. The girl, in her coming of age exploratories. The parents, letting go and trusting intuitions. The old lady, souring in life like Trump, losing her God gi
Amy Yingling
You can see my full post over on my blog at: http://readslateintothenight.blogspot...

This is a sweet book about a blind princess that also cannot talk, what's sweet about that you might be thinking, well nothing really until after many failed attempts by man to get the princess to speak along comes a tiger who not only gets the princess to speak but shows her so much more!

By showing the princess real pain, real fear and real love the tiger gets the first word ever out of the princess, the word
Read3r’z Re-Vu
An exquisite hardcover picture book that would now be considered a collector’s item that tells a beautiful tale about a princess called Cinnamon whose eyes are made of pearls – in other words, she is blind.. and for reasons unknown to her parents, she refuses to speak. After futile attempts to find someone to make Cinnamon talk, suddenly a mighty tiger appears at their palace to teach Cinnamon to talk.. the illustrations and art in this book are so beautiful and bode so well with this mighty tal ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Divya Srinivasan until we had our son. My husband (and his dad) is such a fan of owls that I had several board books featuring owls as the protagonist ready for our little one's joining of our family.

When I saw that Neil Gaiman had a new children's book coming out, I was excited, having been a long-time fan of both his novels and graphic novels. At the last second, I noticed Srinivasan's name and knew I needed this book for our home library.

I just read this (with my son list
Smitha Murthy
I haven’t read Neil Gaiman in a long while. ‘Cinnamon’ is a short picture book - a girl who won’t speak is taught how to by a man-eating tiger. Set in a land of kings and queens, I expected a bit more. Yet, it’s quite humdrum, some weird misogyny thrown in, and nothing spectacular in the end about the story.

But the illustrations by Divya Srinivasan were the only highlights of this book for me. Utterly gorgeous
Def not one of Gaiman's best.
Fi's Journey
Neil Gaiman is a hit and miss for me. But what I love about him is that he writes unusual stories and this one sounds interesting.

"And the tiger opened his mouth and grinned like a hungry god, which is how tigers grin."

I thought that the story was all right. Yet, I still feel there could have been a bit more... something more terrifying?
Hard pressed to see any reason for the glowing reviews I read in kidlit sources. This has the flavor of a traditional folktale, though no source is given. Gaiman's a superb writer, but his story gives only glimpses of his power. Why has the mute princess chosen not to speak? Why does being a cross old lady, no longer beautiful, merit being eaten by a tiger? The illustrations are gorgeous, and I was delighted when the parrot quotes the famous limerick about a lady and a tiger, but I fail to see w ...more
Mike Wolstat
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full of really awful patriarchal subtext. Her eyes don't function but they were still beautiful? A powerful and violent male beast convinces her to leave her parents? She had nothing to say until this humorless alpha male showed her everything there is to talk about? Did the Tiger eat the elder aunt who was critical of him? I had to edit so much of this while reading it to my daughter. ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful prose and art but man I still don't trust this tiger. ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cinnamon - Neil Gaiman, Divya Srinivasan  I liked the art, and a couple of lines, and I get the homage to Kipling, but it didn't connect with me.
Library copy
Clare Snow
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Clare by: 4 year old twins
4 year old approved.

I read this to the twins and they were captivated. (Their big sister was pretending not to listen.)

The illustrations are superb.
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“There is nothing to be frightened of," said the Rajah. "Very few tigers are man-eaters."
"But I am," said the tiger.
"You might be lying," said the Rajah.
"I might be," said the tiger. "But I'm not.”
“She's not talking now," muttered the Rani's aunt, wagging one stick-like finger. "That tiger is throwing his voice."

"Can no-one get that woman to stop talking?" asked the Rajah of the room.

"Easier to stop 'em than start 'em," said the tiger, and he dealt with the matter.”
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