The time has come! The Sleeper and the Spindle is officially released today in the US. The UK edition, The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (Author) and Chris Riddell (Illustrator), was released months ago but it's been a longer wait for us in the states.
(US Cover with link)
You can find the text of the story also in Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales without illustrations. But an edition illustrated by Chris Riddell is a treat. I'll show images to tempt and taunt.
Book description from the publisher:
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.