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Catherine Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman/ Illustrated: Chris Riddell

Genre (check all that apply): Adventure; folktale/myth/legend
Rate how much you enjoyed this book: Quite a lot
For which gender would you recommend this book? Female
For which age group would you recommend this book? Grades 5 to 8

Additional Comments:

A reimagined fairy tale: a Snow White-like queen meets a Sleeping Beauty-like princess in this 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 who talk in their sleep and eventually begin to lumber after them. Yup – this tale also includes creepy zombies! They reach the castle to find a beautiful sleeping princess and an old woman. The queen's kiss, shown in a sumptuous spread, wakes the princess. Yup – the queen delivers a “long and hard” kiss to the princess. Turns out the “Old Woman” was a princess, too, whose youth was robbed form her and given to an old hag. You guessed it, the old hag fell asleep and became the beautiful princess who was awakened by the queen’s kiss. The crazy adventure reminds the queen that she does, indeed, have choices. The inventive tale is accompanied by intricate ink drawings, gilded with gold and packed with 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.

Author Neil Gaiman: New York Times bestseller with Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Chris Riddell has won the Kate Greenaway award.
Parents may be concerned with the passionate same-sex kiss and the author’s apparent disdain for marriage.
Reviewer’s Name ____Catherine Rentz________________

Paul Harmon Catherine wrote: "Parents may be concerned with the passionate same-sex kiss and the author’s apparent disdain for marriage. "

Well if parents are "concerned" maybe someone should slap them awake from their dream that this is the dark ages and let them know there is no need to be morons...and godess forbid someone not foster the inane idea of an antiquated and outdated custom if they dont feel the need to...please everyone fall in line immediately or the right wing will shame you with the mythology of their skydaddy.

Kimber Catherine -
The "same sex kiss" is nothing more than the main character waking up the 'sleeping beauty'. It's not sexual, just a means to an end. I also don't agree that the author has a disdain for marriage. He does have a disdain for 'hero kisses heroine, wakes her up, they immediately fall in love without knowing a dang thing about each other and quickly get married happily ever after'. That's the whole point. The main character/Snow White figure is pretty sure she's not ready for marriage with the Prince that rode along and happened to kiss her. They have nothing in common and barely know each other. That is the fairy tale trope the author disdains...not marriage.

Elentarri Catherine, next time you intend to write the whole story out for everyone to read, would you please use the spoiler tags?

Personally, I found the story charming and different. I didn't see anything sexual about the kiss or anything against marriage - just marriage to someone you don't know, which is asking for trouble down the line anyway.

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