Isn't everything Neil Gaiman writes magical? Well, I'm not sure about the Duran Duran biography he did but everything else is haunting, magical and humorous. The Sleeper and the Spindle is no exception. I was surprised that he managed to slip in a twist in such a short book but really that's just me selling the man short. The illustrations are gorgeous to go with the story. The cobweb strands of other fairy tales can be felt it the book but it certainly stands a part. When my son is a bit older I look forward to reading him this particular story. The heroine is pragmatic and brave with nary a hint of foolhardiness that seems to plague these hero types. Truly magical.