The Sleeper and the Spindle has been sitting on my shelf since Christmas, when I received it off the publisher in a Christmas box surprise. The first thing that caught my attention about The Sleeper and the Spindle were the illustrations, they were absolutely stunning, and each new page only showed more and more. Below is just a small example of what the book holds.
The Sleeper and the Spindle follows a Queen who is due to be married, but after the Dwarves visit an inn on the other side of the mountain, they return back to her, and they set out on a mission to save a sleeping princess. I really liked the idea behind The Sleeper and the Spindle, a mixture of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, so I was excited to read this. However, once I began reading I soon realised the I liked the illustrations more than the book itself.
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the story, I just found it hard to follow. I know this book is less than one hundred pages long, so following a story this small should be easy, but I felt like it jumped around too much. For starters the Dwarves are in the inn, but then they leave to go an look at the sleeping people, then the next thing they are back with the Queen, with no mention of what they see. Then we go from being under the mountain with the Queen, to having a conversation in the inn itself.
I'm not really going to say much else about this book, as I don't want to spoil it, but I do feel a bit cheated out of what could have been an amazing twist on two stories I really like.
I went into this one with some excitement, but finished it feeling let down by the story itself. However, the illustrations are something that really makes this book special.