Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9

Book of the Week

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This week’s book of the week is The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

In a faraway land, a beautiful young queen prepares for her wedding. She is worried about the lack of control in her life and is unsure if she really wants to get married. Three dwarves tell her of a sleeping sickness that is travelling over the mountains causing everything in its path to fall into a deep, deep sleep. The queen knows she must act to save her people.

Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle is not a retelling of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairy tales—it’s a re-twisting. He weaves a tale in which ‘happy ever after’ is not the end.

The illustrations (Chris Riddell) are simply incredible; dark and intricate detail that match the tone of the words exactly. The production of the book is exquisite, with its amazing cover and black and white print highlighted with flashes of gold.


Suitable for age seven and upwards.

The Sleeper and the Spindle

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