I feel like there's nothing more I can add to the praise of Neil Gaiman's brilliance and skill, except that this story is yet one more example. Gaiman twists familiar tales like nobody else, and The Sleeper and the Spindle is no exception. Chris Riddell's gorgeous illustrations are just the icing on the cake. Readers need to keep in mind that this was originally a short story in another collection, and this printing is that story with added illustrations. I didn't want it to end so soon, but Gaiman doesn't waste any words along the way. I highly recommend this to any Gaiman or fairy tale fan.